Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lime Crime Airbourne Unicorn REVIEW + Obsessed Canada

I was asked to review a product, a Lime Crime opaque lipstick in shade "Airborne Unicorn" which was sent to me through Obsessed Canada website. This is the new beauty website sister to our beloved NailPolishCanada which sells beauty products as well as nail polish and, like NPC, ships free with no minimum!

Some basic information about Lime Crime to begin with.



Above is a pic of their website, to give you an idea of their style. They love bright, vibrant colours and looks that are a little "out there". The website gives the impression of fun and letting loose, being unique and colourful. Lime Crime is a vegan company (by default cruelty-free) and have lip, eyes and nail products. I believe their most famous and popular items are their opaque lipsticks (like the one I'm trying out) and the velveteen lip products which are liquid but dry matte. They advertise their products as high in pigmentation, smooth, colourful and I think they're going for UNIQUE.

The price is mid range (18.99$ for the opaque lipstick on Obsessed Canada, ships free). I would classify high-end in the 25$+ range which would start at Urban Decay, NARS, all the way through to YSL, Givenchy, Dior, etc. so this to me is mid-range by my definition.

I would say that the colours available for the lip products are quite vibrant, colourful and unique in that a lot of them simply wouldn't have an equivalent to be found in drug stores or even other similar-priced brands. If you're looking for unique, pigmented and bright lip colours, LIME CRIME might be a good company to check out! If you're in Canada, CHECK HERE to shop through Obsessed Canada.

Let's take a look at Airbourne Unicorn: 



The colour is so freakin' beautiful!!! Just so pretty and at the same time so unnatural as a lip colour - I love it! The lipstick is definitely opaque and applied smoothly. I have no issues with the quality, though I didn't wear it out and about nor did I test for longevity, etc. It leaves a very pink stain when removed (not too apparent on the lips but it was on my hand). 

The packaging is adorable - who doesn't love unicorns?! I found the tube a little shakey-cheap feeling though which doesn't match up with the price range in my opinion.

As much as I love the colour, I don't feel the colour suits me all that well. I wanted to take better pictures but with the weather and work, I haven't been able to get proper lighting and time to make it a full face look. Here I am with a decent "look" but awful lighting: 



Here it is with better lighting but no other makeup and not a very attentive application:


To conclude, I'm happy to add this to my collection even though it won't get a whole lot of wear. The unique colour and cute packaging is a nice addition to my lippies.

Hope you've enjoyed this little review. :)


*This product was provided for an honest review 



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Julep April window is OPEN

Click HERE to see the box selection for this month with swatches.


This month features 2 blushes, 2 bronzers and brushes, along with some vivid polish colours. This collection is right up my alley so if I actually wore nail polish often, I'd probably do the full upgrade!

I'm either going to be very reasonable and use my Jules for the Modern Beauty box (blush and bronzer) or the Bombshell box because I love Kayla, the purple polish so much:


OR, be a little less reasonable and have some add-ones. I'm actually interested in the bronzer so I feel like getting Modern Beauty with Kayla as an add-on... And I love brushes too much and have honestly not found "the" bronzer brush so I feel like adding that one, or even both brushes... With the free basic box, I could be looking at 35$US (maybe 40$CAN) for the blush, bronzer, 2 brushes and Kayla polish. Doesn't feel like a bad deal, but free would be better. I've got 3 more days to reconsider!

What do y ou think of this month's box? Anyone upgrading, adding on, etc? Or skipping perhaps?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A bit of CUTE at the Office (non-makeup)

I like cuteness A LOT. I bring a bit of it to the office with me to personalize my work area :) 

There's my baby platypus plush that I keep on my computer tower (and binder and kleenex)


There's my characters from My Little Pony, the best cartoon show ever!!!! :D I currently only have Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie because my 6 year old daughter asked me to bring back Rainbow Dash (the blue one). Only reason that she didn't ask me to bring back the other two is because I bought them for myself and she also has them at home, hehe. We're both fans of the show but honestly and weirdly enough, I'm a bigger fan than she is. They are on my computer screen stand. 


This is the next thing I'm working on; cutie pie sleeping puppies! I was going to put them on my filing cabinets but since I'm changing offices in the next few weeks, I'm going to keep them aside for personalizing my new space. 


Along with this, I have photos of my children of course, and I post some inspirational phrases or ideas once in a while. Right now I only have a Buddhist reminder of the 8-fold path:

1. Right View
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil + Konjac Cleansing Sponge - Impressions Review

I ordered these two products from Julep recently (it was actually an option for the February monthly box) and wanted to give a quick review after trying them for a couple weeks! 

I'm a big fan of Julep's products, from their body frosting, hand cream, pedi crème, argan oil, mascara, etc. Overall, I've been pleased with the vast majority so I had high expectations - let's see if the products are living up to these expectations!

Thoughts - Bare Face Cleansing Oil by Julep

First, the Bare Face Cleansing Oil seen below. This is 104ml of product and sells for 28$US (22.40$ for Mavens). I have to start by saying that this is the first cleansing oil I've tried, after longing to try the higher end ones by Shu Uemura. I have no frame of reference when it comes to cleansing oils. 



I like the pump, it doesn't dispense too much product, so I've been using 3-4 pumps - no wasting. It works as a cleansing oil should, being oily when massaged on the face, then emulsifying when we add some water and continue to massage the skin, clearing impurities. I've used it with my hands/fingers as well as with the sponge (review below) and found it to be nice, light and leaving my skin soft to the touch, without being greasy. 
I don't wear a lot of makeup but I normally have foundation or BB cream on, which it removed well. 

There's a pleasant lemony scent to this oil that I enjoy and find fresh and clean. 

I very much enjoy this cleansing oil. Like most Julep products, in my opinion, it's worth purchasing through Maven secret or seasonal sales, as part of a monthly box OR possibly with the Maven discount, but I'm not ready to say I'd pay the full 28$, especially since that's nearly the price of a well-known and established high end brand like Shu Uemura (though I never tried that one and can't compare)!

Now onto the Konjac Cleansing Sponge (seen below)


The Julep Konjac Cleansing sponge is sold for 12.00$ (9.60$ for Mavens). The konjac sponge is made from the konjac plant, and that's really the only material used! Kind of like how a real loofah is made from the loofah plant... The Julep version has enriched it with charcoal which is supposed to help clear the skin.

This sponge came pre-moist in a plastic bag. I found it weird that it was already moist in the package... but then I understood. The sponge dries to a rock-like hardness. It goes right back to a spongy texture when wet, but I imagine it would put off customers to receive a weird rock to wash their face with!

You can use the sponge with water only to exfoliate, with lathering cleanser, or with the cleansing oil to wash. I enjoyed it with a regular lathering cleanser, felt like it got right in there and really cleared everything, more than washing with my fingers only and the lather was much better.

The sponge is INCREDIBLY SOFT. I couldn't imagine it would be so freakin' soft! It's a perfect daily exfoliator because of how gentle it is; I don't think this would irritate even the most sensitive skin. This sponge would be good to use daily, with a "harsher", different, exfoliation once a week and this is what I've been doing.

Concluding Thoughts

I have to say, I'm enjoying both of these products a whole lot, and I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking of revamping their cleansing routine. Especially if the monthly box opens up again in the future with these two products for 20$, go for it! The sponge in particular is really a no-loss product as far as I'm concerned. With cleansers, it's tough to know how skin will react and a lot of times it takes adjustment even if the product is high quality, but I don't believe you should have any problems with the sponge, it's just an effective way of cleansing your face with your existing cleanser.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Spending

Why did I start spending more than I should? Let's address the issues. 

1) My main problem was that ALL family expenses were MY responsibility from rent, electricity, daycare, car payments, food, gas, activities, etc. BUT my husband worked, he was just reserving his income for his own business project which I didn't approve of.. It was a huge source of tension between us and a huge responsibility for me seeing as I was on maternity leave (receiving less income than normal)! 

Thing is that my husband actually would give me money whenever I was short, and this was the time he would help out. So to me, whether I'm ultra careful in my spending or not, all my money was gone. So spending a bit more didn't change anything to me. I was in no more or less debt, didn't save up any more or less either way. But at least I felt like my husband was there for us. 

This was reason 1. 

2) Boredom! I was on maternity leave so I was at home all the time and when I was finished with what I had to do there, I had my whole day, every day to go out and walk around, shop, etc. It became part of the routine! This routine also included beauty blogging and reading those blogs, as we all know, not helpful in cutting spending! Discovering this new passion/interest/hobby at this time helped it explode too. 

3) Stress. The stressful situation with my husband made shopping one of the best things to do! There was no relaxing with him during this period, no soft moments between us... I had a huge quantity of soft, cuddly, loving moments with my children, but I lacked something. Shopping isn't the same as a soft cuddly moment with your life partner, but it was a source of good feelings. 

Now


I've been able to identify these problems lately because right now, things are different. 

For issue 1... Project is cancelled, husband is working normally and contributing his part to the household. I finally feel like being careful with my spending is actually going to help us save money or accomplish other financial goals. We're working together to save money for a vacation in 2014, possibly lasik surgery for us, eventually a down payment for a house. We have projects that we're both on board with financially. The motivation to save is there unlike before.

Issue 2... I'm back to work. Less time to shop even if I wanted to. There's always online shopping though which I can technically do while I work.. And I did at the beginning of my time here, but I've learned to be careful before pressing the final purchase button online, waiting until all parts of me agree (not just the impulsive part but the logical part). In real, once you leave the store after deciding not to purchase, it's a whole other trip to come back and get it, so it's easier to say, "I'll get it anyway!". With online shopping, I don't need to feel like it has to be done now, I have time to think about it, and I use it. 
Also, the newness of my makeup hobby kind of wore off with time and it doesn't kill my boredom as well as it did, when I do happen to be bored.

Issue 3... I'm OK with my husband right now. That's not to say there is no stress overall, but it has lessened because of how huge the relationship between husband and wife is in a person's life! If that is going well, any other problem is easier to deal with from kids to work to hardships of any kind. There's support,  you know? So I think this has helped change the relationship I had with my makeup and products. 

Do any of you have a shopping problem? How do you deal with it? What have been your reasons for over-shopping? 



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Makeup Storage Set Up

I love seeing how people store their makeup for function and decor and to learn more about the products they have, etc. so I thought I would share my set up. 

So here it is! 

I put the 5-drawer "Alex" from Ikea on top of my bathroom counter beside the sink and mirror. I'm 5'9" so I'm tall enough to see the brushes and lippies and not have a hard time reaching them, but my young children are NOT able to reach very easily :D 

I put: 
  • Brushes in 2 mason jars + kabukis 
  • Lipsticks and glosses in 2 holders from Dollarama (total 18 lippies)




Here is my "main drawer". It contains: extra lip products, blushes, bronzers, high lighters, eyeliners, mascaras, eye shadows (singles and palettes). It does not contain: foundations, BB creams, concealers, primers and 2 palettes (Coastal Scents and NYX).


And in the bottom drawer I store my nail polishes. The basket with all the Juleps and a few other randoms are polishes that I purchased or received myself, the ones in the back are a batch of old ones my friend no longer wanted that I need to try to see if they're keepers and the ones on the right side and in the baggy are my daughter's mini ones.


Voila! My makeup stash and storage! So far, I'm liking this set up. It's not the best display of products, but it's functional and everything is easily accessible so for that, it's A1.

Do any of you have blog posts up showing your set up and can you link to them? Or just describe it in the comments! 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Budget of 68$ for November and December

I bought myself the Vice 2 palette by Urban Decay in October - totally impulsive  and crazy. I regretted it so I ended up returning it and I decided that this 68$ was going to be my budget for the end of 2013!

Here's what I purchased:


  • Real Techniques your eyes/enhanced starter set - 18$


















  • NYC bronzer in Sunny - 3$




















  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio - 3$



















  • EcoTools tapered blush brush - 8$




















  • EcoTools Kabuki brush set - 13$





















  • Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive - 9$
  • Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure - 9$
she happened to buy the same 2 as me!



TOTAL = 63$ 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Recommend 10 TAG

First, this isn't exactly a tag, it's meant as a swap but I find the tag version more open since it's not catered to a specific person, and so more suited for a blog post. I saw this on The Shopping Queen blog.

Here are 10 products that I recommend (in no specific order): 


1) MUA palette in Heaven and Earth

I LOVE this palette. Since I got it, I no longer want to use my Quo Back to Basics palette since they have a lot of the same shades and this one simply has better, more pigmented shades. For such a low price, I find it really amazing. 

2) Cake Beauty shower froth in It's a Slice

After I started using this, I really never wanted to try any other body wash EVER. I have because I'm trying to be reasonable and to use my other ones but I have repurchased this like 4x at Winners and I don't plan on stopping! When using other body washes, I use a ton of product to empty it asap so I can get back to the Cake shower froths!  

3) Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution

After reading so many raves about this product I decided to go for it just recently. I use it as an eye makeup remover mostly and I definitely feel better using this than any other that I've used. It feels just like cleansing water or something, not oily, not stripping my skin of anything either. I don't wear heavy makeup though and usually no mascara so I don't know how it performs as a makeup remover for someone who puts on multiple layers of mascara, but it is very good for my purposes and I will have to try it for a week or so as a sort of pre-cleanser for my whole face to see what kind of results I get. Will I be converted to the fullest?

4) Benefit Benetint

I love the natural flush that this product gives my cheeks. You need to apply it a certain way for it to be even and not too intense but once you  learn, it's simple and looks great and natural. 

5) Nutra Nail 5 to 7 day Growth Aloe Formula

I am really liking this product a lot. My nails look better and stronger, but honestly I can't be as enthusiastic about this recommendation because I just tried it recently and it's my first time trying a nail growth product... Without comparison it can be hard to know just how good it really is, but so far so good. I like that it smells like nothing and massages well into the nail without leaving any unpleasant stickiness or oily feeling. So I think it's nice!

6) Fresh - Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

I got this as part of the birthday promotion at Sephora in November (2 weeks after my October birthday) and I just finished it. I don't know if I ever finished a lip balm so this is a testament to how much I like this product! It smells great, feels amazing and has a very light tint which I like. I'm going to stop myself from re-purchasing until I finish another balm that I have and really like, but it's good enough to make me wish I didn't even have the other one so I could re-purchase right away; that's a sign of a great product!

7) Josie Maran 100% pure organic argan oil

I got a sample of this in my Ipsy box and I LOVED it. I couldn't justify purchasing the full size because of the price when I saw that a bunch of other 100% pure organic argan oil options existed for less. I now use the one by Julep but even though it's the same ingredient, I preferred the Josie Maran one for an unknown reason. For the price, I would rather go with Julep but the one I am recommending for quality is the Josie Maran one.

8) Skinfood Good Afternoon BB cream (Rose Lemon)

This is my favourite BB cream! I love the smell and how it goes on. For me, it's a pleasure to use and that counts for a lot. I haven't tested wear time and oil control nor have I really tested it in any real way against other foundations or BB creams but since it perfectly suits my needs and I love putting it on in the morning, it's a great product for me!

9) Julep Quick Dry drops

You add a drop to each nail a couple minutes after applying the polish and it helps set your polish quickly so you don't have to be a zombie for over an hour. I love this product and it's because of this product that I can do my nails. With a baby who still wakes up a lot in the night, I can never guarantee a whole hour to dry nail polish and with these drops, I don't have to!

10) Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe

I hardly do anything with my  hair except washing it (I mostly don't use conditioner, I don't dry it, style it, etc) but I will use this on my hair once a week or two and it makes my hair so amazingly soft and rejuvenated! I tried it after getting it in my Glymm  box and bought the full sized product from Winners, they have a lot of items from Joico and will occaisionally get this treatment.