Cougar Beauty- Magic Fiber Lash Extender Kit Review

Today I am working with Cougar Beauty, have you heard of them?  If you haven’t I highly suggest you check out their products.  Today’s review is on a fibre lash mascara.  Cougar is a brand from the UK and all products are manufactured there.  They pride themselves in offering their customers new, edgy and of high quality products.  They also only use cruelty free formulas, so there is no testing done on animals (thumbs up!).  Their packaging and marketing supplies are made from recycled materials (thumbs up again!).  They also source all ingredients locally, so all transportation is cut out, which in turn benefits our planet.  Way to go Cougar!  I’d like to thank Cougar and the Rosdon Group for sending me this product.

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If you know me, you know i’ve tried basically every single mascara from drugstore to high-end.  Mascara is one of my favourite products, and I am always looking to try new ones and new formulas/techniques.  Cougar sent me their Magic Fiber Lash Extender Kit, and it is quite different than anything I have tried before.  I have tried some mascaras which have the fibres already in the product, but this one you apply separately.

The kit comes with two items, the mascara and the fibres.  The packaging states it will increase the thickness and volume of your lashes while still keeping them looking natural.  Here is a closer look at the products and how to use them:

Mascara:

Fibres:

Application instructions:

Step 1: Apply the mascara to clean lashes (they suggest doing one eye at a time).  You apply this from the base of the lashes to the tips, and ensure every lash has been coated, as you would with a regular mascara.

Step 2: Apply the fibre extender immediately after the mascara to just the tips of your lashes.  You have to make sure you do this right away while the mascara you first applied is still wet.

Step 3: Apply a second coat of the mascara from step 1 in order to seal the fibres.

I was really happy with the final result!  I could really see how my lashes were significantly longer, and a few people I saw the first day I had tried it commented on how long my eyelashes looked.  The only thing I found I didn’t get was a ton of volume, the product for sure gives you a lot of length, but in my experience I had to build up the product to get a bit more volume.  Or a tip I have is to just apply a coat of a volumizing mascara overtop once it has dried.  So I would say in terms of mascara effect it is a lot more lengthening than it is volumizing.

Another thing I loved is how I had this on all day (8 hours +) and it did not flake off, leave dark marks around my eyes or smudge whatsoever.  The formula is really great and it gives you long lashes for all day wear with no re-application necessary.  The consistency of the formula isn’t super thick, so it makes application on the lashes so easy, no clumping and no mess.  You can also use a lash comb to separate your lashes to achieve a more “fanned-out” look.  In terms of removal this is a winner.  Sometimes mascara can be so stubborn to get off completely, and this is also a “water resistant” formula so not fully waterproof, but still resistant.  Yet I was so impressed with how it came off SO easily.  I used my daily cleanser and warm water and it came right off no problem, without leaving a mess behind.

Have you tried a fibre mascara kit before?  I highly recommend giving Cougar products a try!  The formula is great and the company values and philosophies are inspiring and so refreshing to see!  This also works great as an alternative to eyelash extensions, which are really expensive and time consuming.  I like how you can apply this product and it also washes off contrary to lash extensions.  You can purchase the Magic Fiber Lash Extender Kit on their website here for £19.00.  If you’d like to check out some of their other products which range from beauty, skincare, hair and body care, follow this link! http://www.cougarbeautyproducts.com/

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La Roche-Posay- Lipikar Fluide and Gel Lavant Review

So excited to share with you another brand I am absolutely loving: La Roche-Posay.  If you have sensitive skin, or just want products that are paraben-free or fragrance-free, you must give them a try.

Here is a little info on the brand who’s products are made in France.  I copied this from their website here. “For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay has worked with dermatologists in Canada and throughout the world to invent skincare that meet their needs and requirements. La Roche-Posay also supports them in their training and their role of taking daily care of patients, through a number of actions including educational workshops for patients and awareness campaigns.”

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Since the Winter weather has started here in Canada, my skin has been experiencing some changes this year that I had not experienced before.  My skin has been very dry, and worst of all I developed some redness on my cheeks.

I wasn’t sure what was going on with my skin as i’ve never experienced this during Winter, usually my skin isn’t sensitive, and I don’t experience many changes year-round regardless of the season.  I went to see my doctor to inquire about what I could do.  My doctor thought the redness I had developed on my cheeks on my face to be some mild eczema.  With the change in temperature, indoor heating and cold winds, the rest of my the skin on my body being dry seemed pretty normal, but the redness on my cheeks was really bothering me.

My doctor recommended I switch my body soap, moisturizer and face products to fragrance-free alternatives.  I was reluctant to do this at first, I love my vanilla scented body soap and lotion.  I spoke with my Mom and she had been using La Roche-Posay products for her very sensitive skin and she was loving them.

So I took the advice from my doctor and made my way to Shoppers Drug Mart.  I purchased the same two products my Mom has which are the Lipikar Fluide and Lipikar Gel Lavant.

Here is a little more info on the brand that I copied form their website “With over 30 years’ research experience and 25 patents, La Roche-Posay has become a leading player in the development of products formulated for sensitive skin ensuring the highest tolerance and safety. In this way La Roche-Posay meets the requirements of over 70% of women who claim to have sensitive skin.* (IPSOS Health & Beauty, France, Pharmacie 2007)” Click here to read more.

Lipikar Fluide

Lipikar Fluide is extremely hydrating.  It works better than the body moisturizer I was using before.  The formula is great for sensitive and dry skin.  It is a soothing, protecting hydrating fluid.  The consistency is comparable to any moisturizer you can purchase at a drugstore, and it is white in colour.  When I apply this it goes on looking shiny so I find it makes it easy to see where I have applied it.  It dries very quickly on the skin, and when it does the shine goes away and it leaves my skin visibly softer looking, as well as to the touch.  I use this all over my body and face.  I couldn’t get over how nice it felt on my skin and how fast it absorbs.  When I applied this to my face it did not make the redness on my cheeks sting at all.  The previous moisturizer I was using would give me a burning sensation once the redness on my cheeks was starting to develop.  The Lipikar Fluid is made for skin sensitivity and dryness in babies, children and adults.

Lipikar Gel Lavant

The Lipikar Gel Lavant gives a refreshing clean.  It gently cleanses skin, and is a soothing, protecting shower gel.  It is formulated for sensitive skin in babies, children and adults.  The packaging states it also respects the physiological pH of the skin.  This gel contains Shea Butter and Niacinamide, which helps restore the cutaneous barrier.  Having this barrier in its best state ensures hydrated skin, and protects the skin from infection.

I love to use this in the shower on my face and body.  Sometimes when you use drugstore cleansers they can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, which actually isn’t good for your skin contrary to popular belief.  The Lipikar Gel Lavant doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural moisture, therefore, my skin doesn’t feel tight after cleansing- this is exactly what you want!

One of the things I love most is how both products can be used on your face and body.  This is not only extremely convenient for your skincare routine, but it also makes both products a 2 in 1.  My skin feels much better.  I love applying the moisturizer because it really takes away any tightness, dryness or discomfort I had previous to moisturizing.  After using these products my skin feels cleaner, it doesn’t feel like I have slathered on anything heavy, and best of all it has not blocked my pores whatsoever.

The redness and dryness on my cheeks has significantly gone down, it is almost completely gone.  I am sure with continued use it will go away completely.  These products do not aggravate it at all!

My skin feels cleaner, more hydrated and all around much softer.  I don’t even mind having to toss my vanilla scented products to the side, because the benefits and results the La Roche-Posay line produces are worth it.  My skin health overall feels and looks much better than before.  I give both of these products a 10 out of 10.

I will be purchasing some more products from their line shortly, so stay tuned for another review!  If you are interested in either of these products I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart.  I will include links to the Shopper’s Drug Mart page here: The Lipikar Fluid was C$29.00 and the Lipikar Gel Lavant was C$21.00.  Although this may seem expensive for both products, I can assure you it is worth it.  When you think about it, seeing as both products are 2 in 1 products you only have 2 things to purchase.  Compared to before I would purchase 4 products: a body moisturizer, face moisturizer, body cleanser and face cleanser.  So when you think about it it’s not really that expensive, and it comes to basically the same amount of money spent if you were purchasing 4 products before compared to now purchasing only 2.

Have you tried La Roche-Posay products?  Let me know in a comment below!