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Face of the Day

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I thought I’d share some new and new-ish products I’ve been LOVING lately, and that might be especially great coming into Spring/Summer.

Brittany Face of the Day

 

My FOTD – laughing at my husband goofing off! A very natural look since it’s the weekend, but still fun in my opinion 😉

Cargo, Maybelline, The Balm, Bare Minerals

 

I’ll start with my most recent purchase Cabana Boy by The Balm! Picked it up from London Drugs for 30% off and love love LOVE it!

The Balm BlushI

I think this colour really lends itself to the Radiant Orchid Pantone obsession of 2014. A very purply pink blush with a real sheen to it. VERY pigmented, would look gorgeous on a range of skin tones.

Maybelline Sahara Storm Lipstick

Next most recent is this Maybelline Buffs collections lipstick in Stormy Sahara. This is normally not a lipcolour I would gravitate to, but ItsJudyTime gave this particular shade a big thumbs up – and it looked great on her to boot! So far I love it when I mute out my natural lipcolour with a nude lipliner or concealer.

Cargo Vintage Escape

 

This is the Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Palette, I snapped this up at Kohl’s last time I was in Seattle. Tati of GlamLifeGuru raaavveedd about this but I just didn’t want to spend the $50ish that it cost in Canada… but for $39 in the states I was sold. The range of colours really lend towards fall/winter looks but I think I’ll get loads of use out of this year round. 10/10, definitely pick this up if you see it!

Bare Minerals Foundation

 

Last but not least is my Bare Minerals pressed Foundation in Medium Beige. I was a little cautious of this since my skin is normal to dry… but once I tried it I was hooked! Buildable coverage, beautiful satin finish, excellent colour match (for you warm toned/yellow people out there THIS IS THE BOMB), looks amazing in photos (proof above)… I could go on and on.

And that concludes this FOTD! Hope you enjoyed, be sure to share what you’ve been loving for your more relaxed make-up days!

xo Britt

 

 

 

Influenster MysteryBox SOLVED!

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It was a very exciting surprise to come home to a very large box in the mail from Garnier! If you read my previous post about the Mystery Brand I was testing out from Influenster then you’ll know what I mean by saying the Mystery is Solved!

Garnier Damage Eraser Influenster

 

*These products are compliments of Influenster*

The amazing shampoo, conditioner and hair serum for ‘damaged, distressed hair’ turned out to be from this new Garnier Damage Eraser Line! Here you see the Fortifying Shampoo, Conditioner, Split Ends Bandage Serum and Strength Reconstructing Butter (Hair Mask). What’s special about this line is that the formulas contain Phyto-Keratin Complex and Cupuacu Butter.

I have yet to try the Hair Mask yet, but as for the rest of the line I LOVE IT! My hair really does feel much healthier and stronger. Part of this challenge was guessing what brand I was testing (the sample bottles just said L’Oreal, which owns dozens of companies) I originally thought it would be the L’Oreal Professional Hair Care, but then thought it might actually be a higher end product since it worked so well! I’m happy to know it’s a wallet friendly line since I’ll definitely be coming back to these products.

I’ve spotted this in stores already if you’re interested in trying it out (London Drugs if you’re in Canada). Let me know if you do, or if you have a hair care line that YOU love for dry, damaged hair!

xo Britt

 

 

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L’Oreal MysteryBox from Influenster

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I am so pleased to be a part of the Influenster #MysteryBox I wanted to share the first part of this journey which has been working our really well for me :)

Influenster mysterybox l'oreal

 

These Shampoo, Conditioner and Split End Serum samples were sent to me by Influenster to test out, and try to guess what name/make of what I’ve been using to soothe my dry damaged hair. (the packaging says it’s for distressed, damaged hair, and it’s a L’Oreal company, they own dozens of brands)

Influenster Mystery VoxBox

 

Here is a photo of my hair after the first use of these products (and a bit of KMS Volumizing Gel). I would have taken a before photo but it wouldn’t have been a fair comparison since it was SO DIRTY. (I only was my hair every 3 days).

I noticed a definite improvement in the texture and look of my hair, it felt softer and healthier after using the mystery product – and this also translated well into the actual look of my hair.

I have used these a second time, and I can safely say there is even more of an improvement in the texture of my hair – I am really happy to be testing out these hair products!

My guess to what they are on the shelves – part of the L’oreal Professional hair care line, maybe called deep repair? L’Oreal owns several brands so it could even be Kerestase, Redken, Pureology, Garnier, Matrix or others.

The shampoo is most likely NOT sulphite free since it did lather really well… I will be thrilled if I’m wrong because I prefer to use sulphite free shampoos to prolong the colour of my dyed hair.

The conditioner is SO THICK, it reminds me of a hair mask…and I love it! All the products have a pleasant smell too. I will be sure to update you when the ‘Mystery Box’ is solved!

Be sure to comment if you think you know what this product is!

xo Britt

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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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