The Body Shop- Vanilla Eau De Toilette

Today i’m talking vanilla- my favourite scent! Ever since I have been old enough to wear fragrance or moisturizers/body butters with scent, I ALWAYS go for vanilla (okay, or coconut too).  One of the very first stores I would shop for these products at was The Body Shop, and to this day I still use a lot of their products and they are staples in my collection/routine.  One of my all time favourites is the Vanilla Eau De Toilette spray.

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I used to always use the vanilla oil, but unfortunately it was discontinued.  However, this eau de toilette spray is quite good as well.  The vanilla scent is almost identical to the oil they used to make, however, the only downfall is that the eau de toilette doesn’t last as long as the oil did.  Tip: To get this to last a little longer, I apply it right away after I take a shower on my pulse points.

What I love most about this product is how light and fresh it is.  It’s not heavy and it isn’t overly powerful.  I personally don’t like fragrances that are really strong and overbearing on the senses, I prefer more “natural” scents.  It is very sweet and is hands down one of my favourite vanilla scents.  The Vanilla Eau De Toilette retails for C$16.00 in stores, and they also sell a Vanilla Body Spray Mist which you can see here.  I have used other brands vanilla products, but nothing has measured up to my all-time favourite from The Body Shop.  I am also keeping my fingers crossed that they bring back the oil version!

Have you tried any Vanilla products from The Body Shop?

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!