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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Review | COLAB Dry Shampoo


If you saw my most recent drugstore haul post, you'd know I decided to cheat on my beloved Batiste, and try a new dry shampoo. So I picked up the COLAB dry shampoo in Rio, which is in the tropical scent.

Claims

"Keep that clean hair feel for longer & instantly revitalise your look with COLAB's ready-to-wear dry shampoo. It absorbs oil & refreshes roots with a residue-free, lightweight finish & leaves a veil of fashion fragrance."
Product Overview

This is going to basically be a comparison to my favourite dry shampoo - Batiste.
 
I would agree with the claims listed above, with the exception of oil absorption. It does absorb some, but not near as much as Batiste. If your hair is actually feeling/ looking greasy, this product will not be the solution you need.

In my opinion, I feel this product would be great to refresh your hair, but not necessarily to extend the time between shampoos. It adds a small amount of volume, which I like, especially after sleeping on your hair, it just brings the style back to life a bit.

The tropical scent is refreshing, not overpowering, which is how I feel about the Batiste tropical scent, and doesn't linger the whole day.

The formula is much lighter than Batiste, I cannot feel this sitting on my scalp, which is great.

I will continue to use this product to refresh my hairstyle at the end of the day, or after sleeping on it. However, I will be buying Batiste ASAP for the purpose of extending the time between shampoos.

Hope this review was helpful. What is your favourite dry shampoo?

Emily ♥

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Autumn Style Wishlist


After looking through my closet, and watching a ton of fall fashion haul on YouTube, I have come up with the top 5 items I would like to add to my wardrobe this season.

Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch - This watch is classic, and not too flashy. I love the rose gold, simple face, and black leather strap. A watch of this style and quality would work for me for many years so it's worth the splurge.

Zara Riding Boot in Taupe - Casey Holmes hauled these boots and I fell in love. I have wanted a flat riding boot for awhile, but haven't found a pair that I loved as much as these. I was originally looking for a medium brown leather, but I think these will look much more unique, yet still versatile.

Le Chateau Leather-Like Motorcycle Jacket in Black - I've bought a leather jacket from Le Chateau before, and wore it for many years before it started falling apart. I'm sure the quality of the faux leather won't be the same as the real leather, but at the same time, this one is cheaper. A great staple piece to have in your wardrobe, and it's about time I replace mine.

Forever 21 Chiffon Pocket Blouse in Cream - A classic button down is another staple to have in your wardrobe, it will go with anything. Surprisingly, I do not own one already.

RW & Co 'Tuesday Look' - This look pairs a fitted blazer, and a slim leg pant. I need a few more corporate pieces in my wardrobe, and I feel that this suit is modern, youthful and still professional. It will be a great addition to my work wear, and I will be able to mix and match easily as well.

What is on your autumn style wishlist?

Emily ♥

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ipsy September 2015 Unboxing


Sorry this post is coming later than usual, I just received my bag Friday and am just getting a chance to sit down and blog now. But hopefully you're still interested in seeing what I got in my bag.

This month's theme is Face Fashion, with the beautiful Katy (LustreLux) on the front of the card.

The bag is cute for fall. I love the textured front part, and the metallic finish. It's also a good size, long enough to put in brushes for travelling.

Trèstique Matte Lip Crayon in Nantucket Nude - This peach-y nude would look great on fair skin-tones. I haven't tried it on yet, but it is very pale..

Not Soap Radio Liquid Freud Hand/ Body Lotion - The coconut milk, mango and vanilla scent is heavenly! The description on the back it also cute, unlike typical packaging. I hope this is moisturizing, not just nice smelling.

Ipsy NYX Shadow Palette #1 - These colours are great for fall! I shimmer gold, and copper and a matte black. I'm a fan of NYX products, so I have high hopes.

Formula X Nail Polish in Ignite - A great dark red, which I already have the full size of and love, so I will be passing this on to a friend.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - This is almost a cult favourite. I do not have dry skin usually, but having this product coming into the harsh east coast winter will be good. Also a great brand to be receiving in this bag.

This month's bag was great! The last few months have been meh good, but nothing spectacular. I was considering cancelling to be honest. But after this month, I will continue with it for a few more. The only negative, is that I received two lotion products, both are great, but there could have been more variety.

What did you get in your Ipsy this month?

Emily ♥

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review | Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Top: 15 Fair, Bottom: 10 Light
 
The Maybelline Fit Me concealer has been my number one for under the eyes for a few months now, and I'm going to share my full thoughts on it with you today.

This product is non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, and fragrance-free.

Claims

"Natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be…fresh, breathing, natural"

Product Overview
 
This concealer has a light weight, blendable formula, never appearing cakey. It doesn't crease if it is set with a powder. The finish is quite dewy on it's own so this is another reason I set it with powder as I have oily skin and don't want that finish under my eyes.

It is available in six different shades, of which I have two, and has different under tones available, which you can see in the picture below. 

The applicator is good, a standard doe-foot that deposits the right amount of product. The packaging is sleek and basic.

Left: 10 Light (orange undertone) Right: 15 Fair (pink undertone)

Thoughts

 As I said above, this concealer is my number one for under the eyes, for which I use the shade 15 Fair. Because of the pink undertones, I feel it cancels out some of my dark circles.

I also use this product for some basic highlighting; down the nose, chin, on the forehead, and drug out past the under eyes to the cheekbones.
 
This concealer is not full coverage, but is great for everyday, especially because of the light weight formula.

I bought the shade 10 Light thinking it would be great for blemishes because it matches my skin tone better with the more orange undertones, but because of the dewy formula, I just find it moves around too much for this purpose. It is also too light weight to cover any dark spots on my skin. I do use this shade for under my eyes on more basic makeup days.

Does anyone else find it strange that 15 Fair is lighter than 10 Light? Yes, the names are in the right order, but the numbers aren't, in my mind. Just me?

What is your favourite concealer at the moment?

Emily ♥ 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Drugstore Haul | September 2015

It has been over a month since my last haul post, so I thought it was about time to share with you what I've been picking up from the drugstore since then.

I have also discovered, in the back of my closet, a couple new photo backdrops, please let me know what you think of this one in the comments.


Revlon Nail Polish in 725 Provocative - I love the formula of these polishes, and didn't have a orange-y red (more orange) in my collection. This polish is kind of like my last tribute to summer, and have been wearing it as much as possible until breaking out the dark and neutral colours.

Maybelline ColorSensational Color Elixir in 085 Hibiscus Haven - I saw this shade on Kristi's blog - Be Loverly (post here) awhile ago. Already knowing I love the shade I have, I wanted to pick up another, and this one was on clearance for $4.39, what a bargain!

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 01 - These lipsticks are my number one from the drugstore! The only reds I have are matte, and I felt I "needed" a creamier formula as well. This just seems to be a great classic red, and in a formula I love.


Real Techniques Stippling Brush - I needed a better brush for cream blush. My other stippling brush picked up too much product, and was too flimsy. This one is much denser, and I've seen a few YouTuber's use it for just this purpose, though I haven't used it yet.

Real Techniques Setting Brush - I don't doubt this would be a great brush for setting concealer, but I intend on using it for highlight. It's not too dense, and has a tapered point, which will fit nicely on my cheekbones.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - I do not own a Beauty Blender, but want one. So I thought I'd dip my toes in the makeup sponge application world with this one. I realize it will not be as good, but know it's a good product nonetheless and am excited to try it.

Can you tell there was a sale on Real Techniques? *wink*

CoLab Dry Shampoo in Rio - I have stepped away from Batiste for a moment, and am trying a new dry shampoo, I know, I know, I didn't think this day would come either. I like this tropical scent much more than Batiste's one, it's less potent. I've heard Suzie (Hello October) mention she prefers this when applied overnight, without rubbing it in, so I will try that.

What have you purchased recently?

Emily ♥

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review | OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner



These products are sulfate free, not tested on animals, and the packaging is eco-friendly.

Claims

'Drench your dehydrated strands in this ultra-light blend of weightless hydrating coconut water, supercharged with nutrient rich electrolytes and combined with coconut oil to transform dry, parched hair into silky shiny perfection.'

My Hair

I believe knowing about my particular hair, will make this review more relevant to you. If your hair is unlike mine, this product may work differently for you.

My hair is quite oily, colour treated through the ends. It is fine, yet there is a lot of it, if that makes sense.

Thoughts

I usually don't get on well with sulfate free shampoos and conditions, but I bought this after Zoe Sugg (Zoella), and a few other bloggers/ vloggers recommended this. If you read my skincare overhaul post, you'd know that my skin is super oily, yet dehydrated, so I thought the same may be true for my scalp. I was also hoping it would help with my dry ends, where it has been bleached, and dyed multiple times.

These products smell amazing! It does smell of coconuts (obviously), but it's not over powering.

The shampoo doesn't really lather up (because it's sulfate free), and didn't leave my hair feeling clean. My hair would be oily again in less than 24 hours.

The conditioner left my hair feeling weighed down, which I was particularly displeased about because the name of the product is 'weightless'. It almost felt as if I hadn't rinsed it out properly, but after using this set five times (just trying to like it), I realized that was not the case.

My hair looked shiny after using this product, but in a greasy way, not a healthy way.

So overall, I'm not impressed, and would not recommend this product if you have hair like mine. They may work if you wash your hair everyday (I do not), or if your scalp is not oily, though I can't really speak to that. Please let me know if you've had a different experience using these products in the comments below.

Emily ♥

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Empties | Products I've Used Up | 3


Since my last empties post, I've decided to try to do one monthly, if I have enough products to share with you.

Skincare

Lush Tea Tree Water Toner - I only used about 2/3 of this product, but it has expired. I thought this was a great toner for my acne prone skin, but not for everyday as it can be a bit drying. I won't be repurchasing anytime soon as I'm trying out a few others.

The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask - Another product I didn't get to finish completely, but it has dried up. It was time for it to go anyway because I've had it for about a year and a half. This mask worked great to draw everything from my pores, also great as a spot treatment to leave on overnight.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - This was featured in my Skincare Overhaul post. This is a great acid toner, gentle enough to use twice daily and didn't irritate my skin.


Makeup

Sei Bella Creme-to-Powder Foundation - Elle Fowler's first Makeup Declutter video inspired me to look through my foundations and concealers and throw away what products were over a year old. This is the one foundation that was past its date. It is so old I don't even remember if I liked it or not - must not have made an impression.

Benefit They're Real Mascara - I love how my lashes looked when using this mascara! However, the struggle of taking it off wasn't quite worth it. I have other mascaras I love just as much, if not more, that don't take two days to remove.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Polish in 320 Co-Bolt Blue - This is a great dark blue polish. Very shiny and fast drying. I like this line of polishes a lot, this one has gotten all clumpy though, which is not a negative - I've had it for probably 4 years and it's just gone bad now.

Melaleuca Sun Shades Lip Balm plus Sunscreen in Key Lime Pie - This lip balm is hydrating, and has SPF 15 which is great. Do not forget to apply SPF to your lips!


Body

Equate Moisturizing Shave Gel in Raspberry - Not a huge fan of the scent, but it doesn't linger. This shave gel was moisturizing and got the job done. For a store brand, it's pretty great - just as good as the name brands.

The Body Shop Almond Body Butter - The Body Shop's body butters are my favourite, I especially love the nut scents. I will repurchase, but have four other scents to use before I buy more. I didn't see the almond scent on the website, has it been discontinued?


What have you used up recently?

Emily ♥

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August Favourites


Although I am sad to see summer go, I am so excited for fall. September is my favourite month of the year. Growing up, it was always exciting getting all your new school stuff, signifying a new 'year'! This will (hopefully) be my last year in school, I am off to finish the 4th year of my degree, and can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Even next year, September will continue to be an exciting time as Maxwell will be headed off to Elementary school. Yikes!

Let's move onto the products I've been loving in August before I get all sentimental, shall we:

Pur~lisse Pur~delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser and Makeup Remover - Though I haven't tested whether this product is good at removing your makeup, it is good for a gentle cleanse. After using this my skin feels soft and clean. I generally use this when my skin is behaving better and doesn't need anything 'stronger'. I received this product in an Ipsy bag a few months ago.

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 410 Up The Ante - This bright purple polish is what I've had on my toes all month. This gel-like product does not chip for a long time and doesn't require a base coat because it is base and colour in one. I bought this after Estée (Essie Button) raved about this a ton last year.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Light Beige - I got a sample size of this foundation from Sephora, so I didn't have to take the plunge and spend $49 before testing it out a few times. This is the first foundation that I've ever felt matched my skin tone perfectly! This product lasts all day on my super oily skin, and I will definitely be buying the full size.


Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop - Basically everyone that is into makeup seems to have purchased, and raved about this highlight already. I won't bore you with the details again. It's amazeballs! You need it if you don't have it already.

Revlon Blush in 006 Naughty Nude - All month I have been more into the bronzey/ highlighty look, less into blush. This nude blush adds just the perfect hint of somethin somethin on the cheeks, and a nice glow. I have actually made quite a dent in this which doesn't happen with my products too often I'm ashamed to say!

What have you been loving this past month?

Emily ♥
 

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