Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I Need To Know!

What beauty products could you not live without? If you were told tomorrow that you could only keep three items from your beauty stash what would you choose to keep?

This is just a random post just because I'm curious what other people would choose as their must have items. Plus I am looking for brands or products to look at for myself since I need to clean out my makeup bags big time. I am pretty sure I have makeup in there from when I was 13 or 14! I found an electric blue hooker looking eyeshadow about a month ago that I had forgotten about, so I used it just to see what it looked like and I have no idea what I was thinking when I bought it! It was badly blue and bright not at all subtle. Better yet what the heck was my mom thinking when she actually allowed me to buy it when I was 13 haha.

I honestly have no idea what three I would really want to keep because I would want to keep all of it, I am such a makeup addict! I guess I would need my maybelline mineral concealer because of my skin unless it cleared up then I wouldn't care if I put anything on my face to cover up. I would need my maybelline mineral powder since I have seriously oily skin that is horrible even when I do powder it. I also think I would need eyeshadow. Though its tough between eyeshadow and lip gloss. I think I would have to stick with my Marcelle eyeshadow quad though that way I could use the darkest colour as a liner (hehe thats how I get around that!).

P&G Brandsampler Program Open Again!

The next batch of P&G samples are available to order again! Go here to request your samples, but hurry samples will go fast! They have I think 8 products being offered this time around. There is a pantene shampoo for coloured hair, pantene shampoo for damaged hair, deoderant, tampons, pads, razor and I can't remember what else but I was offered 6 of the 8 products offered!

Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara $5 Coupons

This mascara retails for around $18.99 but if you go here you can score 3 $5 off coupons to use on your next purchase of the new pulse perfection mascara!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I Got An Awesome Surprise In The Mail Today!

Well I just recently got a job at the local post office well part time post office, other part doing a makeup/skincare line, but am in training so full time at the post office for now. Imagine my surprise when I see a fairly large box with my name on it! I was excited but had to wait till I started putting packages into the system before I could see who it was from. Right away I knew it was my Clear Remedy products to test when I saw that it came from Intelligant Beauty. I have to say that when I got home and could open it I was so surprised to see that it was actually packaged really really well so that it wouldn't get damaged! It's a good thing they used a larger box and packed it full of what I call grass haha (no it wasn't actually grass but I made a huge mess with it ripping into the package), the one whole side of the box was all squished in acordian style. Lovely, thank you postal services. Everything in the box was fine though because of all the extra precautions taken to package it well.
In the package was a letter on top thanking me for trying and reviewing the product which I thought was really nice that it was personalized and signed by someone and they let me be in the know about a few upcoming campaigns they are going to be doing which I hope I can review as well because they sound really awesome! Next after I got out the first layer of paper grass there was a booklet that says "Clear Skin Starts Here" and it is a guide to clear healthy skin which is a nice bonus. It tells you a bit about acne and who suffers from it, as well as what acne is. They also have some fact and fiction about acne which I found interesting. So now I can prove to my mom that chocolate doesn't cause acne. There are also tips to prevent acne and near the back it shows you in what order to use the acne system, and what each product does. Next were the products yay my favourite part. I received the purifying cleanser, hydrating lotion, acne treatment lotion, and acne spot treatment lotion. The boxes also say the products are dermatologist and sensitivity tested, hypoallergenic, colour and dye free, and paraben free. Added plus since I was hoping for something more on the natural side instead of what is usually out there for acne treatment.
I can't wait to try these out! Something I will be doing starting tomorrow and will update on how well it works in the next week or so. I received enough product for 60 days of use so hopefully this will take care of some of the issues I am having with my skin.

I almost forgot enter the code GETCLEAR30 at checkout on the Clear Remedy site and receive 30% off AND free ground shipping!
You can also follow Clear Remedy on Twitter for exciting articles, promotional codes, and interesting facts.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Too Faced Makeup!

I recieved my awesome package last Monday from Too Faced from the Gwen Stephani Blog Contest I won. I so love the packaging of everything they sent me and the colours look amazing. I can't wait to try it all out. Everything seems so luxurious and it is cause it is pretty pricey stuff compared to what I usually pay. I am hoping it doesn't disappoint because the packaging = love. I just had to share the amazingly awesome slogan they have to let people know they don't test on animals. "We test on celebrities not animals" Any product that uses that has to be worthy of my business! Maybe no one else will see why I like that so much haha I just find it amusing.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Clear Remedy Acne Treatment

The other day I received an email from Intelligent Beauty. They asked me if I was interested in testing out a 60 day supply of Clear Remedy Acne Treatment and writing a review. Of course I agreed! I have been struggling with acne for the last two years (ever since I turned 18). Almost everything I have tried has failed to impress me so far. The only exception being tea tree oil which I currently use and it helps a bit but I still get acne outbreaks more than I would like. When I receive the product I will be doing weekly updates on my skin and if its improving and any other details that need to be noted, and maybe if I am brave enough perhaps a before and after picture?!


So first some basics about the Clear Remedy Line:

How does Clear Remedy work?

Clear Remedy attacks and fights acne at the source and is clinically proven to heal existing blemishes and to help
prevent future breakouts.

How is Clear Remedy effective?

Clear Remedy is effective as result of a 3-step system, which delivers a propriety combination of 13 functional
ingredients to the skin.

How do 3 steps work?

Step 1:
Unclog Pores with the Purifying Cleanser that contains Multifruit BSC which helps exfoliate and clear away dead cells, surface oils, debris and other pore cloggers.
Step 2:
Kill Bacteria with the Acne Treatment Lotion that provides oxygenating agents that prevents acne bacteria to grow.
Step 3:
Hydrate & Clarify with the Hydrating Lotion that delivers an Advanced Moisture Complex to boost skin's hydration level.

For more info visit: iQ Clear Remedy

Here is what they offer in terms of the Clear Remedy Line and prices (which are pretty reasonable):

Purifying Cleanser - $35
Acne Treatment Lotion - $65
Hydrating Lotion - $40
Acne Spot Treatment - $30
Try Me Kit - $30
Nutritional Supplements - $45

I would probably recommend the try me kit first if you want to test out the products before committing to the full size before you know if it works.

Now here is what I really love!

The Clinical Results
Acne Reduction
100%
saw a reduction in breakouts
100%
reported a reduction in blackheads & pimples
91%
reported clear skin with no active acne
87%
saw clearer skin in just 3 days - and 100% saw results within a week

Those 4 stats alone make me sooo excited about trying this product out and I can't wait to receive it!

Now the best part for my readers, if you are interested in purchasing the Clear Remedy 3 Step System use the code GETCLEAR30 to get 30% off and Free Ground Shipping!

*offer good for U.S residents only. If you are a Canadian resident and are interested in the offer let me know and I can forward your request on to the company and they will set you up with the offer!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dev's Favourite Giveaways Blog Mixology Makeup Giveaway

Dev's Favourite Giveaways Blog is giving one lucky person the chance to win a Mixology Eye liner kit in Bronze & Iris and an eyeliner brush. To enter visit the blog here and get your entries in for a chance to win!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

*Review* Schick Intuition Razor


I recently got to try these free as part of a promotion they held, if someone gave you a pin code you could enter it and get up to 6 free razors for you and your friends. I am glad that I did get to try these razors free because they are expensive plus I don't think they are that great. The are very convenient though as the razor is all you need. No shaving cream or gel and virtually no mess. I like the built in moisturizing soap I guess you would call it that is around the razor. They are great if you are in a hurry and just need to quickly go over your legs before getting dressed. I don't really recommend them though for normal shaving since if your hair is anything longer then stubble it tends to be hit or miss and I find I have to go over my legs again with my other disposable razor that I use for under my arms. The Schick razor is also bulky and awkward to use on anything other then your legs so you will need a seperate razor for other areas. The soap also wears down unevenly mine tends to wear off the bottom first and the top seems to be the only part left, but you still have to throw it out cause if you use it that way you get intense razor burn. The razor is only good for about 4 or 5 shaves since the strip wears away that fast unless you use them with shaving cream/gel after the strip wears away but that kind of defies the purpose of using this razor. The razor does leave my legs really soft though which I like, and for me its hit or miss whether it gives me razor burn or not. If my leg hair is just stubble then I seem to be fine and get by with just using this razor without razor burn, but if its a bit longer hair then it seems to miss spots and get clogged and I have to press harder and I do get razor burn.
My sister loves these razors and she doesn't seem to complain about razor burn like I do, so I am guessing my legs must be sensitive like the rest of my body so I have to be picky about what I use on them. I probably won't be buying the refills for these when I am finished with them just because they are too expensive for how they work. I much prefer a disposable razor and shaving gel.

Pros
  • convenient if you are in a hurry
  • soap strips condition legs and leave them soft
Cons
  • refills are expensive
  • awkward to use on areas other then legs
  • need to have a backup razor for spots this razor misses and for other areas of your body
  • soap wears down unevenly on the strips
  • only get about 4 or 5 uses out of the razor before the strip wears down
  • hits and misses spots of hair
  • gives me razor burn most of the time
Overall I would give this product a 3/10!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Forever and Always Blog Mineral Basics Giveaway

The Forever and Always Blog is giving one lucky person the chance to win a Easy Eye Color Mineral Makeup Kit of their choice! Go here to enter this awesome giveaway.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mommy Goggles Blog Mary Kay Giveaway

Mommy Goggles is giving 3 lucky people the chance to win A mini version of the Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover along with a mini Eye Quad (four great shades of Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color).
Go here to enter the contest!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 Proactiv Giveaway

The mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 blog is giving 5 readers the chance to win a proactiv 3 step system! All you have to do to enter is answer three easy questions.
Go here to enter the giveaway

*Review* Maybelline Greatlash Mascara


I finally opened up this mascara yesterday after having it for a few months...I kept it sealed in the packaging though so it kept. It was a buy one get one free deal so my mom bought one and gave me the free one. I usually never wear mascara because I used to only wear glasses and when I would wear mascara my eyelashes would hit my glasses and it was annoying. I finally have contacts though and now wear them when I go out so I can start wearing mascara!
I really don't know the price of the mascara since I didn't buy it but I think it is somewhere around $3 a tube, which is a great price. The site says its contact wearer safe so perfect for me and it is hypoallergenic.
I'm unsure about this mascara right now. I have mixed feelings about it. Some qualities of it I like and some I hate. My first impressions are that it goes on well, it doesn't clump at all and I didn't have to comb through my lashes a ton of times to get it to look nice. It also didn't feel like I was wearing mascara it felt natural enough and my eyelashes weren't overly stiff. The brush was a nice size as well and made it easier to apply. It dries very fast as well which is a plus for me because I don't like the ones that take forever to dry or feel sticky. I didn't like that my eyelashes stuck straight out and no amount of curling them could make them do anything other than stick straight out. It's not overly dark or anything either. I don't like the natural look of it, if I wanted a natural look I wouldn't use mascara since my lashes are already thick and dark.
When I had to take my contacts out last night the mascara didn't come off with my contacts so that was a great plus since it stayed on my lashes and didn't end up on my contacts. It took forever to actually wash it off my lashes though, that was a huge con. This stuff is waterproof and then some. I think I may actually still have some on my lashes because I gave up after about 15min. I tried makeup remover pads and it took some of it off but I noticed after not all of it, so then I tried soap and water and that took a bit more off but still not sure all of it came off, at that point my eyes were sore from rubbing them so I stopped trying to take it off. The website for maybelline says to use their makeup remover to take it off but that is just a marketing tactic, my mom said to use baby oil because that is what she uses and it takes it off really well. I hate baby oil on my eyes though it makes my eyes blurry and greasy feeling and I hate that.

Pros
  • applys well
  • doesn't clump
  • lightweight doesn't feel heavy
  • brush is nice
  • quick drying
  • doesn't come off when I take my contacts out
  • inexpensive
Cons
  • did nothing special for my lashes
  • lashes stuck straight out and didn't curl at all no matter what
  • not very dark looks very subtle you can hardly notice it
  • had a hard time removing it at the end of the day tried makeup remover and soap and water and nothing seemed to take it off 100%
Overall I would give this product a 2/10.

I wasn't overly wowed but it works average, would I buy it? Probably not I prefer my mascara to show up a bit more when I use it. I also like something that helps curl my lashes and comes off a bit easier.

Edited to add: Yesterday was day two of wearing this mascara and I officially hate it. Last night I spent so long trying to get the mascara off that I now have an open sore on the corner of my eye that is so very painful. :( I think I am finished with using this mascara and will switch to the covergirl stuff I have that says it comes off with soap and water. Oh and I did use baby oil and it still didn't come off...I am pretty sure I still have 75% of the mascara still on my lashes.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

*Review* Conair Ultra Slim Ceramic Hair Straightener




I bought this about a month ago when it was on sale at walmart for $18. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a hair straightener since the one I did own cost $10 and it was a Revlon travel sized straightener which worked ok but it didn't have any different heat settings and took 10minutes to heat up which was frustrating, plus since it didn't have any heat settings sometimes it would get so hot I would get steam burn from it! I bought the Conair brand because it was the cheapest option even with the regular price (about $22) and I knew I was only going to use it occasionally since I am just too lazy to straighten all my hair (I have a lot of hair and it takes FOREVER). Also the Conair straightener has only 3/4 inch plates vs my Revlon one which was 2 inches and hard to get close to my hair line. Also it was hard to handle sometimes since it didn't even have a handle you had to hold onto the parts close to the plates, hence how I always ended up with steam burn! I usually only straighten my bangs since they are about cheekbone length normally or a little longer and they dry funny and all curly, also sometimes my shortest layers go weird if I go to bed with my hair wet so I need to straighten them in the morning.

I have to say I really love this straightener! It heats up in 30 seconds (I think it said 60 on the box but its definitely faster then that!) and has a light to indicate when its hot. It has 25 different heat settings (0 being for fine hair 25 for coarse thick hair). I usually leave it on around 5-10 because that seems to be hot enough for my hair, well the parts that I do. If I was doing my entire head I would probably set it at about 15 because I have really thick hair and it would take less time to do the hotter its set. It also leaves a shiny finish with no fly aways. The handle on it is also amazing since its curved and feels great in your hand. The cord is nice and long as well which is great for me because I am tall and sometimes can't do my hair in the bathroom so have to settle for my bedroom and I don't have a plug in that is really close to a mirror. It's probably not as great as a more expensive model but it gets the job done and works good enough for me to not have any complaints, though I haven't attempted to do all my hair yet.

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • different heat settings for different hair types
  • small plates that get close to the hair line
  • leaves hair shiny and smooth with no fly aways
  • long cord
  • nice curved handle that works well with your hands
  • heats up really quick
Cons
  • have read that it cracks easily if dropped (I haven't dropped mine so I don't know how true it is but I will try to avoid that as much as possible!)
  • The highest settings are really hot and I wouldn't recommend using them unless you need to because they will probably damage your hair.
Overall I would give this product a 9.5/10!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sweet Savings Blog Burt's Bees Giveaway

From now until Friday the Sweet Savings blog is giving away a Burt's Bee's Lip Balm to the first ten people who leave a comment to the post!

go here to enter! Looks like there is one spot left open for today and then tomorrow starts out fresh again so get there early and enter! She accepts Canadian as well as U.S entries!