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Review: Influenster #MapleVoxBox

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Hello! It’s been a while but I’m back with some fun reviews for you! Early in December I was fortunate to receive an Influenster Maple Vox Box with some goodies to try out and review over the holidays. **I received all these products complimentary from Influenster for review**

Influenster Maple Vox Box

Included in the Maple Vox Box was: A Montagne Jeunesse Red Clay fabric mask, Impression stick on nails, NYC Big Bold Curl Mascara in Black, NYC Big Bold Plumping Lipgloss in Big City Blush and 2 Skinny Cow Treats – the Clusters and a Wafer one.

First I’ll mention the Skinny Cow treats since I dove into those pretty quick lol. They were both delicious, made for a really nice pick me up in the afternoon or with lunch as a kind of ‘dessert’ with less guilt being VERY low fat and low calorie.

Skinny Cow Clusters Influenster Maple Vox Box

 

Above is one of them… I want to say each serving was around 120 calories (ie the whole snack). Although I thoroughly enjoyed them I will probably not purchase these because I’m not a fan of heavily processed foods… or low fat foods. I know! Kind of goes against popular belief that low fat is the way to a healthy lean lifestyle… but I firmly feel best when I’m incorporating healthy fats into my meals (ie Dairy, Meats, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, etc). Just being open about my personal preferences :)

Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask Red Clay Influenster

 

Next up – the luxurious face mask from Montagne Jeunesse infused with Clay, Pomegranate and Cinnamon. They are a company that proudly does NOT test on animals and seem to have a very natural approach to pampering your skin – which I am all for!

I will spare you the ghastly photo of me actually wearing the mask on my face… take my word for it, I used it! And managed to scare the shit out of my husband when he saw it in action… haha.

I cleansed my face first as instructed on the package with my Cetaphil face wash. I wore it for approx. 10 minutes while I used a deep conditioner in my hair in the shower. After taking off the mask I actually squeezed out some of the clay/product from it and massaged  it into my face and neck then rinsed.

The mask promises a DEEP CLEAN, and that’s exactly how my skin felt after. Soft, clean without being dried out.

PROS:

Easy to apply to face/wear since it’s a fabric face mask

Natural Ingredients, no animal testing

Pleasant smell, results as promised

CONS:

Doesn’t include the neck area

I kind of like masks that dry up when they’re finished, makes me FEEL like it’s done something… this is really more of a psychological preference

Overall Thoughts: Would definitely purchase again as a treat for my skin!

NEXT UP: The NYC Beauty Products!

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I was most excited about these products since they are MAKE UP! Woohoo!

The mascara: Does it make my lashes look longer and fuller? Yes. Does it flake off during the day? No. Does it create a dramatic look? No.

I found the brush to be a bit difficult to work with… sorry I don’t have a photo, but it has quite long bristles, is curved. A more wet formula, any more than 2 coats is really a waste of time because that’s about as far as you’ll get. For the price though, it’s a fantastic option from the drugstore and works really well when pair with some of my drier mascaras to build a more dramatic look!

NYC Big Bold Look Influenster

Here’s a photo of my using the NYC Big Bold Mascara and the NYC Big Bold Plumping Lipgloss in Big City Blush

For the Lipgloss, this might be my favorite product from the entire Vox Box. Over my natural lip colour it gives a beautiful pink flush with dimension thanks to the high lass/glitter factor. It has a slightly tingly effect, minty smell. Not painful at all to wear, not particularly plumping but really beautiful, and LOTS of product! Average lasting power, not very sticky but very comfortable to wear. I would highly recommend this product, it performs as well or better than many other more expensive glosses I own. And again, hard to beat the price point of about $2.99! I’ve heard some of their other colours are VERY pigmented, so I may venture and try some others :)

NYC Big Bold Look Influenster

 

Another shot of my Big Bold NYC Look!

The last item in the Maple Vox Box is a set of Impress press on manicure nails in the zany neon yellow, orange and purple bubble pattern. If they were a plain colour or more everyday work appropriate I would have given them a test run by now… however they are FAR from everyday appropriate so I’ll hold off on trying them. I love the concept, the colours just aren’t me.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? I’m excited to venture into more NYC beauty products now that I’ve seen there’s sometime to them!

xo Britt

 

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HAUL! Pixi, L’Oreal, Rimmel

I’ve recently moved back to Vancouver (my hometown) and had a chance to sneak into Target to check out what’s in store. There were a few items from the Philip Lim collection left, but nothing that I HAD to have… so I wandered over to cosmetics ­čśŤ

Rimmel Nail Polish, Lipstick, Pixi Palette, and L'Oreal Mascara

 

It’s an eyes, lips and nails haul! I’ll start with the two nail polishes from Rimmel – Burgundy Flirt and English Rose. These were on sale for $3.99 (same with the Kate Moss Lipstick!), and I remember Ms. Essie Button┬áraving about these nail polishes as being exceptionally long lasting and gorgeous, so I thought why not grab these two for fall :)

I have been on a major burgundy kick lately, so I couldn’t resist this lipstick – #107 in the Kate Moss collection.

107 lipstick swatch kate moss rimmel

I love the purple undertones to this deep lipstick, a must have for fall.

rimmel kate moss lipstick

 

Here is the lipstick in action on my dry lips (sorry!) I LOVE the colour and am pleased with the payoff and the matte finish. I look forward to wearing this soon for an OOTD!

Next, the Early Bird Pallete by Pixi.

pixi early bird palette

 

This retails for $38 at Target (Canada) and at first I thought… this is a bit steep. But once I swatched a sample palette I was intrigued. You get 3 blushes, 2 bronzers, 1 highlight, 4 base shadows and 16 other eyeshadows. A single blush from Pixi is $16, so when you do the math, this isn’t such a bad deal.

All very neutral, wearable colours. This kit also struck me as being the ultimate travel companion – just bring your brushes, mascara, foundation, concealer and eyeliner and you’re set! I’m looking forward to playing with this more over the next few weeks and plan to do a video with swatches.

Last, but not least, I am about to run out of brown mascara, a must for days I aim for a softer, more natural eye look.

L'Oreal False Lashes Mascara

I’m a fan of the L’Oreal Voluminous mascara, so I thought I’d be a bit adventurous and try the False Lashes Mascara in Brown Black.┬áThe packaging is pretty flashy! I will report back on how it performs :)

That concludes this Target Haul, let me know what products you’ve been loving as we enter the fall season!

xo

BB

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Review: Tarte Brazillience Self Tanner

It was an exciting time earlier this month, pre-wedding phase! I got married on September 7th in Vancouver, and husband and I moved from Alberta back to Vancouver just the week before. I had zero time to ‘test’ out a spray tan at a salon, so I did some research on a natural looking self-tanner that would do the trick to give me a fabulous wedding glow.

What seemed to have the best reviews and a fair price was the Tarte Brazillience Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner (what a name!)

Tarte Brazillience Self Tanner

This self tanner retails for $37 at Sephora, comes with an application mitt and contains 5.5 oz of product. The packaging is GORGEOUS, I’m going to have a hard time throwing it away when it’s all gone!

It smells pretty nice as far as self tanners go, and does feel moisturizing as promised. The mitt is the secret to success with this self tanner, it makes is 10x easier to apply and saves the mess of washing your hands after so your hands can actually keep colour too.

Tarte Brazillience Self Tanner

As pictured above this does have a colour guard, which I like for ease of application. You can SEE where you’ve applied it and gain a bit of tan instantly. After a couple hours the self tanner activates to achieve the full bronzed effect, and looks very natural – NOT orange.

On my wedding day

 

*Photography by Pink Lotus

 

This is me on my wedding day (hard to tell eh? LOL) and I had just enough colour to look healthy and glowy, but not so tan that it would make my husband look washed out. I have been so pleased with the results, and will continue to use the Tarte self tanner! I apply about every 3 days to maintain a tan :)

Overall, I give it a 9/10. My only wish is that it would last longer in between applications. What self tanner do you swear by?

xo

BB

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gluten Free Cobbler Recipe

With right now (September) being the last kick at the can for fresh fruit, I found myself with an overflow of peaches and nectarines (my favourites!). So what better than to make dessert out of them!

Piece of Gluten Free Cobbler

This is one I made with blueberries and nectarines, turned out very well!

GLUTEN FREE COBBLER:

For a square baking pan, you’ll need:

2 1/2 Cups of sliced, ripe peaches

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 Cup of melted butter

1 Cup of Gluten Free Flour Mix ( I used Robin Hood)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup of white sugar

3/4 cup of milk

1 egg

Process:

Preheat oven to 375

Pour half of melted butter into pan. In a bowl combine peaches with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

In separate bowl combine gluten free flour blend, baking powder, sugar, salt, milk and egg. Whisk together, should have a similar consistency to pancake batter, maybe a bit thicker. Pour 3/4 of the batter into baking pan, pour peach + sugar mixture on top, and top off the cobbler with the last of the batter.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Serve warm with whipping cream, ice cream, whipped coconut milk, whatever you like!

Also experiment with different fruit, I made a nectarine and blueberry version for a family dinner and it was a major hit!