Month: September 2014

Mascara Review: Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara!

Another mascara fail coming at you folks. Let me start by saying this might be the perfect mascara for someone, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for. Clinique lash power feathering mascara boasts “out to there length” and a feathered look, with separation and definition. What the package should really say, is “This will paint your lashes black, and give you an extra 0.01 millimetre of length.” Everytime I try this mascara I am disappointed. I love the Clinique High Impact mascara, and like I have mentioned before, mascaras are one of the most personal things when it comes to makeup. I will say this did not flake on me, or irritate my eyes in the least, and it was easy to remove with my beloved Bioderma. It has a strange stringy formula, that I have learned I am not a fan of ( any “tubing” mascara has never worked out for me.

If you are someone that is looking for very natural lashes and need zero help in the length department, you might actually like this. I would love to hear some more opinions on it, as I am always open for new tips and tricks.

On a better note, the New England Patriots got slaughtered in last nights game … Nothing could really ruin my mood at the moment, not even this completely non event mascara.

How was everyone’s weekend? Any fun stories to tell??

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-Sara

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Ascenta Skin – Liquid Gold for your face!

As someone who is constantly trying new products, and monitoring the state of my skin, I have to put a disclaimer out there, that this will be an absolute rave review, and if you end up running out to get this product, don’t blame me.

Years ago, I worked as a receptionist at a spa, and I met one of my dear friends Cailean. One of the first things I noticed about Cailean (besides her banging body and hilarious humour) was her skin. She always looked like she had a team of people around her giving her the J-lo glow treatment. A few days in, I broke down and had to ask. What do you use on your skin to make yourself glow like that? Her response? “It’s not what I put on, it’s what I put in…”

Right. I had a split second of “this girl is a crazy bag…” But once she told me about the Ascenta products, I quickly got myself a bottle of Ascenta HP. This fish oil has changed my skin, my hair, and my nails. And I kid you not, it makes my mind feel more clear.

Well, of course they have finally launched Ascenta Skin. I have gone through several bottles of the liquid, but am currently taking the gel caps.

This product claims to boost elasticity, increase firmness, restore skin tone, reduce redness and roughness, enhance hydration, and boost UV protection.

It really is interesting to read about so I recommend you guys check out their website at http://www.ascentaskin.com.

My experience with this product has been really impressive. My redness is definitely calmer when I am faithfully taking the 4 gel caps daily, and I see big differences in my skin, hair and nails. My hands suffer from pretty bad dermatitis, and it really has helped manage that too. I will say, I prefer the liquid to the gel caps. It has zero fishy taste or smell, and it’s just faster for me than trying to swallow down 4 huge pills.

I love the concept of what you’re putting in your body will show on the outside (I am huge on water for this. If I am not drinking enough water, my face looks like hanging skin on my bones. I dehydrate similar to a piece of beef jerky.) All of the ingredients in this product are really beneficial for your skin, and the science and clinical trials are there to back it up.

One of the most interesting claims this product has, is increasing your skins tolerance to UV damage. Ascenta has done so many clinical trials, and this one really sticks out to me. It’s like drinking sunscreen …

As mentioned, this product is available in liquid form or soft gels. You get 200ml in liquid form, or 120 soft gels retailing for $80.00 CAD.

There is so much information on their website, I highly recommend that you go check it out, and see if this is something you would like to try. I have used several of their products (even the omega feline for Dexter) and I will tell you, I am one of the biggest skeptics when it comes to things like these, but I am completely obsessed with this product, and my skin is thanking me daily.

Live like my beautiful friend Cailean, and remember. It’s not what you put on … It’s what you put in…

Do you guys take any supplements for beauty? I have taken Bioten before to try to thicken my hair, but fish oils have been the only things that have really made a difference …

-Sara

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Sabahs Favorites: Number 7 Makeup Wipes!

So logically I know that my makeup wipes aren’t smug. Logically I know I don’t hear them saying I told you so every time I repurchase them. I know logically that they don’t know I have been kind of sluttling around with other wipes before I come crawling back to them. I know this, but my wipes are totally smirking and telling me I told you so every time I come back to them after a reaction or insufficient makeup removal or just frustration with anything but them. My No7 wipes are amazing. They never let me down.

I have said in numerous empties posts that I love these but I’ve never just devoted an entire blog to the wonder of these treasures. I like trying new products and wipes are an inexpensive avenue to travel when wanting a product that you can blow through and move on to something else. I’ve tried almost all the drugstore brands and between every package I come back to No7 Beautiful Skin wipes. So here is what you really need to know…

1. The Closure: This has a click closure ensuring they don’t dry out quickly and even the last wipe is still damp.

2. The Dampness: This is my favorite level, they aren’t so wet that it’s weird like the Olay ones and they aren’t dry like gas station paper towel on your face.

3. The Smell: They have a faint fresh smell which to me is associated with my nighttime routine and resting.

4. The Price: These are less than $10 for 30. That’s about as good as you’re going to get.

The only real question is why I ever use anything else? Because I’m an ungrateful wretch who just wants to see what else is out there while knowing that I have already discovered my HG makeup wipe.

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Do you guys have a favorite makeup wipe?

-Sabah

Illamasqua Blusher in Hussy!

So my friends know me really well. Almost alarmingly well actually. This was part of my birthday present of cosmetic wish list items. I have wanted an Illamasqua blush since I started really getting into makeup. This fascination might have something to do with them calling it blusher. I wish we called it blusher in day to day life. Sara and Almira obviously knew that I would instantly love such a pink blush and also that I would need to own it when I realized it was called Hussy. (Flashback to Sara insisting I own a Nars lipstick because a) it was on the purple side and b) “Sabah it’s called Damaged! You love anything damaged!!)

Now onto the actual blush. I was surprised to realize that it is actually a matte pink. Most blushes this shade have at least a bit of a shimmer to them. This is great because when I choose to wear a highlighter I don’t want it competing against the shimmer in my blush. Now word of warning it is pigmented, like really really pigmented if you’re nervous maybe try applying it with a fan brush. It is possible to wear this blush very naturally when applied with a light hand. Or you can wear it like a rock star (which I totally recommend) and really go for it. The lasting power is pretty average, it didn’t wow me and didn’t disappear within hours of application. I love this blush and I just know it’s going to be a gateway drug into the world of Illamasqua blushers.

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Illamasqua is still new to me … What are some of your favorite products from the line?

-Sabah

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Color didn’t hang around for the party …

Lip Laquers are huge right now. Every company seems to be jumping on the bandwagon … Stila… Shiseido … Rimmel.. I could go on and on. When these lip products came out, I was so excited to see them. They were so beautiful, and came in so many different colors. The swatches were beautiful as well, pigmented and shiny, and they definitely seemed more hydrating than some of the other drier formulas I have used. And I was right, but these are not something that worked for me. Everytime I try to wear one of these, Sabah is yelling at me to wipe my chin off. This stuff transfers so easily, and because of it’s more fluid texture, it makes if easy for it to travel outside of your lip line.

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You can see from the swatches how beautiful these shades are. The issue all comes down to texture for me. I got about a 25 minute wear time from these. Truthfully, I removed the product before it was totally worn off. I can’t stand lip products that move around, and I have lip glosses that last longer than these. Overall, a disappointment for me.

What did you guys think of these “Laquers?”

-Sara

Clarins Ombré Matte Shadows!

Something about Fall … As soon as I feel that crispness in the air, I run to get my boots, scarves, and my eyeshadows. I enjoy a pumpkin spice or chai latte, and I contemplate cutting my bangs. To make things easier for me this year, Clarins have launched an eyeshadow collection with my name all over it. 6 neutral shades, 5 matte and 1 shimmer. They also launched a new eye primer, which I have been testing for awhile now. The eyeshadows retail for $24.00 CAD, and the shades are as follows:

01 Nude Beige
02 Nude Pink
03 Taupe
04 Rosewood
05 Sparkle Grey
06 Earth

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As you can see in the photo, shades 01 and 02 are so boring, but so necessary. The primer is also swatched at the very top. (Isn’t it dark!?) Depending on your skin tone, either one would make a great base shadow. I prefer the 02 shade because it is more brightening on my eyes, and I find the primer is a little dark for my skin tone. (It works beautifully, I just wish it came in another shade option!) All of these shades are matte with the exception of 05 Sparkle Grey. I’ve been wearing these lately with and without an eye primer, and I have had zero problems with creasing. They are the definition of “get out the door fast” shadows, and more often than not, I apply these with my fingers. They blend together with hardly any effort, and I will be reaching for these for the whole fall season. If you guys get a chance to check out the ladylike collection from Clarins, check out the model. She is stunning, and has the perfect fall sweater on!

Do you prefer matte or shimmer shadows?

-Sara

What’s in Sabah’s Purse? Let’s take a look …

I’ve always lived a bit out of my car. I grew up outside of the city so when I left the house in the morning I packed for everything. As an adult, that has led to me carrying around a fairly ridiculous purse. If you need anything I’m the woman you want to track down in a bar when you realize that your ex is there and his new girlfriend is a doppelganger for Beyoncé and you aren’t even wearing lip gloss.

A lot of these are pretty clear as to what they are, but there are a few things I’d like to add.

•You should always have a makeup remover. Makeup on top of old makeup is rarely the solution ladies.
•If you struggle with under eye circles you need Benefit’s Erase Paste. I bought a kit with the sole purpose of having this mini erase paste for my purse.
•Try to find a foundation or BB cream with an SPF. Makeup bags like this become critical in the summer and we all know that we need all the SPF we can get on those patios.
•Pack tweezers, nothing shows unwanted hair like the rear-view mirror of your car. Have tweezers on hand at all times.
•Try to use lip-glosses in these bags as they are frequently left in cars and other such areas where a lipstick could melt.
•Make room for some brushes, did you ever try to apply bronzer with your fingers?

Sara laughs at me regularly when we are out for dinner at the strange things I carry around with me all the time. I’ll list a few for you…
•Band-Aids- Mine have Jane Austin on them, a gift from a bestie who knows me painfully well.
•A pretty blank card- I always have a blank card with me. Words cannot express how often this has come in handy to add to a bottle of wine for a friend or a forgotten birthday.
•Nail Glue: PS I don’t wear fake nails but this glue could hold a wing on a plane even though fake nails do tend to fall off at the worst times.
•Hair accessories- a small headband, bobby pins and elastics
•USB Stick- Lingering school habit I’m sure, but I do usually have at least one stick drive.
•A k-cup and/or a Starbucks instant coffee individual sleeve.
•Glasses wipes- these are amazing, the specialty wipes for eye glasses are a must have that thankfully my mother buys for me in cartons whenever she goes to see her eye doctor.
•Then there is all of the obvious, gum, wallet, phone, charger, hand sanitizer, hand cream, pills (Tylenol, Motrin, Midol and allergy) Dare hard candy (because I’m 95 obviously), sunglasses, floss, safety pins, etc.)

So, that’s my purse … What are the strange things you always try to carry around with you?

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Sabah’s Recent Empties!

And here are some products I’ve used up folks!

No7 Beautiful skin Quick Thinking Wipes: I’m aware that it is kind of discouraged in the beauty world to be a makeup wipe addict but I am! I’m sorry if that offends you but my skin seems okay with it. I at one point made a list of all the wipes at a local drug store and made an effort to try almost all of them. Crazy? Obviously. What is crazier is that I have bought these wipes at least 15 times in the last two years. They are awesome. They do a great job removing my makeup. They have a snap closing that prevents them from drying out. They have the perfect level of dampness without being kinda gross and drenched. If you’re a wipe junkie then do yourself a favor and pick these guys up.

Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive: Okay, I probably shouldn’t even be reviewing this. I used it a few times a while ago. I liked it, I wasn’t overwhelmed with it and I wear lashes so rarely that it isn’t really empty so much as it freaked me out that I couldn’t remember when I bought it, therefore, it was going nowhere near my eyes.

YSL Shocking Mascara: Oh Shocking, I waited for you to come into my life for so long and now we part like people who realize they are better off as friends. This could definitely be someone’s Holy Grail, just not mine. I like this mascara a lot. It could be wonderful on some days but not so much on others. There was also some issues with flaking. There was some awesome volume that came with this puppy so if that’s your objective than this might be worth the money. I likely won’t buy this one again but will try different formulas from YSL.

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Conditioner: I don’t use a lot of traditional conditioners. I typically use a variety of hair masks pretty well every time I was my hair. I keep this one on hand at almost all times though. Like the shampoo of this line my hair really likes it. After using this product my hair is almost as soft as when I use some high end masks. I’ll definitely repurchase.

Cake Milk Made Hand Cream: Gross, won’t make this mistake again. I hated this stuff. I went through a brief phase recently where I wanted to smell like baked goods? I have no idea what I was thinking. I hate vanilla scented fragrances. Anyway aside from the gross smell it left a film on my hands. The film would then turn kinda itchy. Oh and the packaging broke making it unusable in a purse. A hand cream that can’t travel? No thank you, I’ll stick to Cauldalie, Clarins or really any other hand cream I’ve ever tried.

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse: Meh, I don’t get any colour out of this line of St Tropez (I have had much more success with the express). I bought this mini to try. I used it a few times but went back to my Clarins cream. I will add that later when I found this in my stuff I used it again pretty heavily to try and get through the product and I did have a lot more colour but to get that much tan I used a ton of product. I would also add that it has no sick self-tan stench and it dries so fast that it’s a dream. IF this gave me the colour my Clarins does I would jump ship but alas it does not.

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What have you guys empties recently?

-Sabah

My must have Beauty Travel items!

Almira and I recently travelled to Florida for some (relaxation) makeup shopping. We were on the hunt for things we couldn’t buy in Canada, and we definitely succeeded. Check back for our Haul Posts, as they are hefty, and very exciting for us! But for now, I wanted to talk about the beauty products I took with me, and my experience of them on the trip. Some I have used before, and others were just thrown in, with hope for the best.

1.) Vichy Capital Soleil Touchable Mist SPF 30: This was the first time I tried this product, and I am in love. I can’t imagine using another Sunscreen again. I finished the bottle (I reapplied like a maniac) and not once did the nozzle clog, and it sprayed upside down like a dream. I even sprayed this on my face throughout the trip, and had zero issues. My beef with spray sunscreens, is that even though you spray them, you need to rub them in with your hands. This one doesn’t require you to do anything. The mist is so fine, you can just spray and go. It gives you no excuse to not wear sunscreen, and I came back more pale than when I left. (Which is exactly what I wanted … any sign of a tan is damage!)

2.) Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Mask: Before you scream at me, yes I brought a hydrating mask to Florida. And yes, I used it as my day and night cream. This is what happens, when your skin is so dry, you immediately flake if moisturizer is not applied seconds after a shower. My skin loves this product, and I am really glad I brought it. It was awesome on the flights too, because it kept my skin hydrated in the dreaded plane air.

3.) Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me: No surprise here, I love this at all times. The main reason this was what I threw in my bag, was the SPF 20. I had zero burns on my lips, and my lip color was awesome the whole trip.

4.) Clarins UV40 in Medium: This turned out to be a life saver. The coverage of this tinted sunscreen is amazing, and it was just what I needed. I will never travel without this again. It feels so light on the skin, is oil free, and never breaks me out.

5.) Bioderma Wipes: These were also a god send. After coming in from a busy day of shopping, it was so easy to grab one of these to wipe my face off. They travelled perfectly, and I didn’t have to deal with any spills from my regular Bioderma. No breakouts, and these removed eye makeup as well.

6.) Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara: This part of my makeup bag seriously failed me. Water Resistant is a load of crap when it comes to this. I didn’t make it three minutes in the hot tub (which is above water) before this mascara was all over my face. And to add insult to injury, I lost four eyelashes taking the rest off. Water Resistant is not worth it in my opinion. My regular Lancome Hypnose has held up better in ocean swims, than this did in a hot tub session. Garbage.

7.) Avene Thermal Water: This is a travel must. Almira and I used this so many times on the flight, and actually sprayed a man down that was sitting next to us on the way home. Nothing will save your skin during flights like Thermal Water. Hydration is key!

8.) Kiehls Crème de Corps: This was the first time using this lotion, it was a gift from Almira, and I took it because of its small size. I need to buy the large size of this, it is freaking amazing. It smells so good, and leaves my skin feeling like silk after I use it. This was a part of the Allure Magazine 50 Things to buy before you die list, and now I know why. Total Winner.

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What items do you always reach for when you’re travelling?

-Sara

Benefit Starter Kit! Our top 5 Products!

As self-proclaimed beauty addicts, we have decided to start giving you the top five products of different makeup lines, guiding you only to the best. If you are new to a brand, this is your go to. For our first segment, we have chosen the Almighty Benefit Cosmetics. If you are a newcomer, an honorable Benebabe, or if you’ve been hanging with Gabbi for years, this is your road map to success with the brand.

Refined Finish: Being the exfoliating junkies that we are, we have tried more than our share of exfoliators but continuously circle back to Refined Finish. The beads are circular so they prevent shredding your skin. The smell is wonderful, admittedly not as nice as the cleanser but still better than any exfoliator we have tried to date. This is primarily a manual exfoliator, but there is hit of Glycolic Acid which will provide mild chemical exfoliation as well.

Erase Paste: Though the colour range is not ideal, if you can find a match this is a game changer. The key to this product is less is more, apply with your finger tips and set with a powder. When dealing with true undereye darkness this is my first stop. Totally worth the cost as it will last you at least a year with daily use. If you experience creasing it’s not their fault, it’s yours. Again less is more.

Hello Flawless Powder: I’m alone in this one because Sara gets a fire beard of red bumps when she uses this product but I managed to still get it on this list because of my reliance on the product. ello Flawless is a powder that can double as a foundation with the help of a bit of concealer. If you have really dry skin I would consider trying something else because this does cause some minor tight face even for me.

They’re Real Mascara: As we all know, Sara’s holy grail mascara is Lancome Hypnose. I am still on an aggressive hunt for mine, however we can both agree that this mascara is something you need to try. I have recommended it to plenty of friends and family, all with rave reviews. The not so hidden secret about this product, is it is a bitch to take off. Benefit heard our cries, and have since launched a They’re Real remover, so we digress. If you have a problem with flaking or smudging and you don’t mind an extra few hours minutes to remove your mascara, pick this up next time you need to replenish. It gives a shiny black finish, and really holds curl well.

Box o’ Powders: This is kind of a cheat, but you can’t ask us to pick just one. You need to treat your Benefit blushes like your children, and try your best to not dwell on the favorite. (Lookin’ at you Bella Bamba. RIP!) There is something in this blush family for everyone, and they should come with a warning. Something like, CAUTION: MAY CAUSE HOARDING TENDENCIES! When you get one, or a couple, you just can’t stop. Both of us have blushes that aren’t necessarily perfect for us, but how do you break up family. They’re a package deal. These blushes are pigmented, last on the cheeks, blend like a dream, and come in what seems to be indestructible packaging. If you haven’t already, go get you some.

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If you were introducing someone to Benefit for the first time, what would you recommend?

-Sara and Sabah