Jamberry Nail Wraps and Lacquer Review & Giveaway

Jamberry Nail Wraps Lacquer Review & Giveaway

I have tried Jamberry nail wraps before but one of my readers, Jessica, recently contacted me to let me know that Jamberry also has a line of nail lacquer too.

Jamberry Nail Lacquer Morning Mist Swatch Canada

I am a huge fan of blue polishes, so I picked the limited edition Morning Mist polish which is an exclusive part of their Fairy Tail collection.  As you can see in the image, there is a little separation in the bottle and it does not seem to have any mixing balls in the bottle and much shaking left some darker blue.  There were no separation issues with the polish on the fairly fat brush.  I left my baby finger with one thick coat in the image above so you can see just how opaque this polish is in a single coat.

I wore Morning Mist for three days and while it had dulled a bit, there was no major chipping.  As many of you know, I rarely wear polish for 3 days as I can’t stand tip-wear so I was really surprised how long it lasted.

You can see the full Jamberry nail lacquer collection here.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Gelato Review Canada

On to the nail wraps they are known for.  Jessica and I chose Jamberry Nail Wraps in Gelato, a pattern that is way too much work to do by hand but looks adorable.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Gelato Prep Products Review Canada

The wraps came with an orange stick, rubber cuticle pusher.  Before applying any nail wraps, you prep your nails by pushing back your cuticles (the rubber cuticle pusher is super gentle for a free one!) and wiping your nails with alcohol or their nail prep wipes.  Often nail wraps come with tiny alcohol wipes that dry out before you are done one hand, the Jamberry ones are a big soft cloth that was still damp when I finished applying the wrap, I would probably buy them for regular use!

Jamberry Nail Wraps Gelato Instructions Review Canada

Jamberry Nail Wraps Gelato Application Review Canada

You simply choose the wrap that fits your nail best, and cut it in half.  Warm the reverse side wrap with your hair dryer (or a mini heat lamp available from Jamberry) to activate the adhesive and place on nail.  Use the rubber cuticle pusher to smooth the wrap over your nail (warm it with your hair dryer if needed to help smooth out bubbles).  Then cut the excess from the tip of the nail and file the rest off in a downward motion.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Gelato Review Canada

I decide to wear mine as an accent nail.  While I wore them for four days before removing them for a more work appropriate look, I have previously worn a set of wraps for 10 days with little issues.  If they start to lift at the side, you can re-heat and push down with the cuticle pusher and they stick for a few more days.

To remove, you soak the nail wrap in polish remover, or coconut oil, and gently lift it away from the nail.  If it is still adhered, soak it again so you do not damage your nail removing them.

Jamberry Nail Wraps are $15 US / $17 CDN and shipping is $10 for orders up to $99CDN.  If you buy three sets, you get the fourth free which helps make the shipping worthwhile or host a party and get a free hostess gift plus ship your friends’ orders to you for pickup and get free shipping.  See all wraps and other Jamberry products here.

Jessica and I want to give you the chance to win a half sheet of Gelato nail wraps (more than enough for a full set manicure) and a purse size manicure kit.

Introducing Jasmine + Some Jasmine Swatches

Jasmine Jazzy the Kitten First Morning

Things have been crazy lately and I have not posted much over the last few weeks because of summer, work and this little beauty.  On Canada Day long weekend, we said goodbye to our sweet Princess Autumn and agreed on getting no more cats.  Until I got an email about this poor little kitten found in a ditch by the same person we got Roo from.  She could not keep her and would have to take her to a shelter, so I agreed to foster her.  Needless to say, she is staying, and finally has a name, Jasmine!

Jazzy is about 10 weeks now and we have had her for 2 weeks on Saturday.  I don’t have many pictures of her because she never sits still long enough but I am sure you will be bored of kitten photos in the weeks to come as she slows down.  We are finally at the stage where the other cats get along with her to varying degrees of UGH I guess she is staying to OMG a kitten for me?

In honour of our little Jasmine (who is Jasmine when she is bad and Jazzy when she is sweet), some Jasmine themed polish swatches for you:

Zoya Jasmine

Zoya Jasmne Swatch Canada Tea & Nail Polish

Zoya Jasmne Swatch Canada Tea & Nail Polish

Zoya Jasmine is that perfect red for me (and prompted a nailpolishcanada order when I realized that I had used it so much and the rest was gone weird so I needed a new bottle).  It is a medium red with a pink undertone and slight shimmer.  One of my go-to reds (which are all Zoya reds) for work, it is often streaky on the first coat but the second coat of Zoya Jasmine evens it out and gains full opacity.

Zoya Jasmine seems to have disappeared from Zoya’s website and is in the clearance section on nailpolishcanada so while I am glad to score a bottle for under $6, I expect it will disappear soon and this will be my last bottle of it.

Picture Polish Jasmine

Picture Polish Jasmine Trace Face Philes Swatch Canada Tea & Nail Polish

Picture Polish Jasmine Trace Face Philes Swatch Canada Tea & Nail Polish

Since I was buying a bottle of Zoya Jasmine to introduce my new fluffy baby, I just had to buy some other polishes that showed up in my search!  Next up is Forever in my Heart… Jasmine, a 2013 collab between Trace Face Philes and piCture pOlish.  It has a lavender creme base with purple, green, blue and silver glitter chunkies.  I needed 3 coats on this one, it was a little too sheer with 2 but the third made it a little too chunky.  Maybe two thicker coats are called for.

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant Swatch Canada Tea & Nail Polish

Essie Jazzy Jubilant Swatch Canada Tea & Nail Polish

Finally, in honour of her being Jazzy when she is all cuteness and not kicking litter across the room, chewing on Quincy Bear or stepping in her food and walking it across my cream sofa (hence the throws everywhere at the moment), we have Essie’s Lux Effects in Jazzy Jubilant.  Shown here over Essence’s Black is Back, Jazzy Jubilant is a multicoloured glitter effect topcoat with purple, green, red and silver chunky glitter.

The clear coat is fairly thick so you can move the glitter around a bit before it dries, but the drying time is longer than some of the other Lux Effects.  As you can see, the placement of the glitter is not uniform, you need to lay it on pretty thick for full coverage or get sparse areas like my baby finger but it looks amazing over darker polishes!

I am sure more Jasmine photos will bore you in the weeks to come and I have lots of beauty reviews to post soon too (as well as a giveaway!).

Essence The Gel More Swatches & Bottle Pictures

Essence The Gel Canada

In my quest to collect all of the available shades from the new Essence The Gel release, I spotted three more – three that were on my to buy list from the first sneak peeks!

Essence The Gel Amazed By You

Essence The Gel Swatch Canada Amazed By You

Essence The Gel Swatch Canada Amazed By You

I do love purple so had been watching for this one since I first heard of the release.  Essence The Gel Amazed By You #52 is one of those perfect purples, dark but not too dark for regular wear and bright enough that it looks purple not black.  It goes on fairly opaque but does need two coats for full opacity.  It is thick enough that it does not flood the cuticle – always good with a darker polish!

Essence The Gel Turn The Lights On

Essence The Gel Swatch Canada Turn The Lights On

Essence The Gel Swatch Canada Turn The Lights On

Not the best picture of it, but I wanted you to see the shimmer

Essence The Gel’s Turn the Lights On #49 has a soft metal finish, which means a slight shimmer.  This makes this cute pastel minty blue polish super wearable and not at all chalky looking.  I applied this the day I picked up these with no base or top coat and it lasted three days – amazing wear for my nails!  It looks almost white in the bottle in some lights but the blue hue shows well on the nail.

Someone stopped me on the street to ask me about this one because she thinks it is the perfect polish for her wedding day!

Essence The Gel Rock My World

Essence The Gel Swatch Canada Rock My World

Essence The Gel Swatch Canada Rock My World

Essence The Gel in Rock My World is honestly just your typical grey polish.  Darker than it looks in the bottle, but not bordering black so can be worn easily to work etc.  It does tend to pick up on greens or blues around it, something to think of if looking for a “pure grey”.

Review: Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

I love Annabelle’s cosmetics.  They are affordable without sacrificing quality and their new Smokey Nudes eye shadow palette is no exception.  When I first saw the information on their upcoming releases, Smokey Nudes and their new Skinny Brow retractable brow pencil were my two must haves.

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Annabelle Smokey Nudes promised a versatile palette that suits all skintones with warm and cold intense hues.  These beautiful press pictures showing an intense black and dark brown just made me need it.

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

How can you not love that black?  Personally, I rarely go for a smokey dark look but OMG beautiful!  Plus the lighter shades are perfect for daily use.

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

They named all but the bottom left which is not quite white, so cream?  They show you how to best mix the colours for a full smokey eye using three of the colours on the packaging.  Perfect if you are less comfortable with makeup.

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

When I first swatched the Smokey Nude eyeshadows with the included brush, I was not all that impressed.  However, with my own brushes, they were pigmented, buttery and exactly what I was looking for.  Not to mention at a fraction of the price of other smokey palettes.

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Brush

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Sponge Applicator

The palette comes with a double ended applicator.  The sponge is pointed and great for applying at the crease plus it holds a lot of colour. I prefer my own brush over the one included (for blending or applying the eyeshadow).  That being said, it is rare even expensive palettes come with a good brush so Smokey Nudes excels for bothering with the decent sponge applicator rather than your typical small sponge applicators.

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

It is not all about the smokey look though, they are light enough for daily use with gold with a touch of bronze and brown in my every day wear look above.  Then add more of the dark shades to take it into a night or darker smokey look:

Annabelle Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Buy Annabelle Smokey Nudes

Annabelle Smokey Nudes is priced at just $12.95.  It retails for about $15 in Shoppers Drug Mart so shop around for the best price.

Annabelle products are sold at most drug stores as well as Loblaws and Walmart.  Alternatively, pick one up online direct from Annabelle.  Don’t forget to follow them on twitter as they often have promos to help you save even more on their already great prices!

Essence The Gel Bottle Pictures

I thought I would share some close ups of the colours I have found so far!

Essence The Gel Canada  05 Sweet As Candy

Essence The Gel Sweet As Candy is the only sheer polish out of the ones I have found so far, a cutesy girly pink that is not really me.  It looks great over Wild White Ways though.

Essence The Gel Canada  09 Lucky

Essence The Gel Lucky is a darker Barbie style pink.  Again, not a huge fan of pinks but this one applies like a dream (you could almost get away with one coat) and pink lovers will adore it.

Essence The Gel Canada 16 Fame Fatal

Essence The Gel Fame Fatal is your standard red, but the application is anything but standard.  It does on like a dream and is almost opaque in one coat and doesn’t run onto your cuticles.

Essence The Gel Canada 16 Fame Fatal - 1 Coat Swatch

I will swatch them all at some point, but here is just one coat of Fame Fatal!

Essence The Gel Canada 24 Indian Summer

Essence The Gel Indian Summer is a nice summer peachy colour.  As you can see from my earlier post, it applies well but the colour varies between almost pastel to almost neon depending on lighting.  While peach is far from my favourite nail colour, I was drawn to this one when I saw the display and it did not disappoint.

Essence The Gel Canada 27 Don't Be Shy

Essence The Gel Don’t Be Shy is not my typically colour, but I picked it up anyway after finding I loved Essie’s Chillato.  I knew that it was definitely not a dupe for Chillato, but not my cup of tea.  A bright lime-yellow but amazing if you like brighter colours and works well for nailart as fairly pigmented.

Essence The Gel Canada 33 Wild White Ways

Essence The Gel Wild White Ways is probably my favourite white polish (and I have tried quite a few).  It applies so well, needs two coats for full opacity (better than 3+ with some other brands), does not look chalky and is bright enough to use as a base to help colour coats pop.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the colour intensifying base properties are great and evens out the nail colour for pastels or sheers, such as Sweet As Candy above!

Essence The Gel Canada 40 Play With My Mint

Essence The Gel Play With My Mint is probably my favourite of the colours found so far, but I am always a sucker for greens and blues.  This is great on its own, but really pops with the white base coat.  Almost opaque in one coat, no streaks at all, the application really moves this one up my list of go-to polishes for summer.

Essence The Gel Canada 46 Back to Black

Essence The Gel Back to Black is exactly what it says it is, a basic shiny black.  I swatched this quickly and it needs 2 coats for full opacity but is decent in one and not a pain to build like some blacks.  It seems slightly runnier than the others with some running down onto my cuticle but dried well.

Essence The Gel Nail Polish Review

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review

I love Essence products, they are so cheap but so many are better than expensive cosmetics and their nail polish rarely disappoints.  So I was excited to hear that The Gel was coming to Canada.

Essence The Gel Nail Polish

Shiny, shiny! This new gel nail polish provides incredible gel shine, in rich and beautiful colors, and no lamp required! New color crush technology ensures high intensity color impact and coverage. Combine with the gel nail polish base coat and top coat for superior long lasting wear. No DBP, toluene, or formaldehyde.

Yes, you read that right, you can buy 3-free nail polish for just $2.99 each!

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review Base Coat

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review Base Coat

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review Top Coat

Essence The Gel base coat comes in a slightly different bottle than the regular polishes but holds the same 8ml. It has a slight blue tinge, similar to when you wear white under a UV light and dries quickly.  The top coat comes with a similar size/brush in a cute mirrored bottle.

Essence The Gel Canada Wild White Ways Swatches & Review

This time they brought out a white that can be used alone or as a colour intensifying base.  Essence The Gel in Wild White Ways doesn’t have the chalky look of many white polishes and is mostly opaque in one coat (as shown above) but needs two coats if wearing it as a white polish.  As a base, one level is enough as the colour coats are fairly pigmented.

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review

Essence The Gel is available in 8 colours in my local stores: Don’t Be Shy (Lime-ish), Wild White Ways (White), Black Is Back (Black) & Play With My Mint (Mint Green), Fame Fatal (Red), Indian Summer (Peachy-Pink), Lucky (Bright Pink) & Sweet As Candy (Pale Pink).  Sweet as Candy is the only sheer polish of the eight I found.

Essence tells me that The Gel nail polishes are also available in Canada in Absolute Pure (Clear), Space Queen (Light Pink with Glitter), Party Princess (Pink with Glitter), VaVa Voom (Soft Matte Bright Pink), Amazed By You (Medium Purple), Let’s Get Lost (Bright Blue) and Rock My World (Grey).  You can pick them up exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Sadly, some of the colours I was most looking forward to trying are not available in Canada, I will have to find someone to get them for me elsewhere.  Serendipity is a beautiful lilac purple, My Diary is a dusty rose, On Air is a gold sparkle, and Engaged is a satin finished pink.  I would love to see these added to the Canadian collection.  See all Essence The Gel colours here.

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review

I am wearing Play With My Mint with Indian Summer on my stubby accent nail (I got into a fight with the filing cabinet and it won).  They are fairly opaque in one coat, but  are shown above with two coats plus a coat of the white colour intensifying base, using the matching base and top coat.

Essence The Gel Canada Collection Swatches & Review

Here is my manicure after five full days.  In fairness, it was the worst time to test a polish, I had a few more fights with the filing cabinet and we decided to do a small home project on the weekend which is how I chipped my index finger and scratched the size of my nails.  I imagine that they really would last 7-10 days if you were more careful .

The tip-wear after 5 days was minimal, amazing for me as I often take polish off after 2 days as I can’t stand chips and tip-wear.  It basically just wore off where I wrapped the edge, and most likely due to the plumbing project!  While it is noticeable above, it was barely noticeable to the naked eye – but wrap those nails well with the darker colours!

Buy Essence The Gel Nail Polish

Essence The Gel is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.  The colours are $2.99 and the base coat and top coat are $4.49.  No lamp is needed to cure these gel like polishes and they should last you a week if you are not too hard on your nails.

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review

You saw my ipsy glambag for July, now on to my Birchbox for July 2015.  This month was curated with the help of Best Health magazine and included a special offer for their magazine.  Their theme was Go for the Gold; have your happiest, healthiest summer yet.

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review

This Best Health Birchbox is bright and cute, very summery and one I will reuse.  The box has pinks and yellows and comes with yellow tissue paper and a smaller bright pink box for the cosmetic items inside.

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review

As always, Birchbox included a card with details and pricing for the products included in my Best Health Birchbox.  Why does ipsy not do this?

The Balm – Balm Desert

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review The Balm Desert

This bronzer/blush two in one from The Balm was the one I most wanted to try when I saw the products on my account page.  Sadly, the sample is so small, it is barely useable (more about that when I post swatches).

Lounging poolside in Palm Springs with the cast of Mad Men may be a fantasy, but we can still snag some of that warm desert glow with this silky shimmer powder from theBalm® cosmetics. The fade-resistant formula works as a blush and bronzer in one to give skin that fresh, sun-kissed look—even when our late-night antics leave us feeling otherwise.

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler – Latte

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review Coastal Scents Latte

You can never have enough brown eyeshadow!  My Best Health Birchbox included a sample of four shades from the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 palette.

They say good things come in threes—and now that we tried the latest palette from Coastal Scents, a follow-up to the brand’s popular Revealed and Revealed 2, we’re inclined to agree. It has 20 shadows in a variety of new shades—from palest pink to rich goldenrod, vivid plum to deep brown—with a mix of matte, satin, and shimmery finishes. The smooth, powdered shadows glide on and blend easily.

They are small, but a decent size.  Swatches coming soon!

Vasanti BrightenUp!

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review Vasanti BrightenUp!

I know lots of people complained about this one as they have received it before in other boxes, but I had never tried it.  Lately, I have been using a Lactic Acid Peel to help with my skin texture, so it was great to get something to help remove that dead skin.  Vasanti BrightenUp! actually works quite well for my skin, I may even buy a full size.

To fully appreciate this professional-grade scrub, a brief skincare lesson is in order. Let’s start with enzymes: These potent molecules actually dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Next up are microderm crystals: ultrafine minerals that buff away tired skin. Vasanti’s multi-action exfoliator features both these skincare wonders, plus healing natural ingredients to get the jump on irritation. The result? Renewed, refreshed skin without any redness.

Rusk HeatShift

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review RUSK Heatshift

Another RUSK product from Birchbox.  This time, RUSK Heatshift a re-styling cream with medium hold.  The humidity means my hair needs to be rewashed too often to try this, but the consistency seems good.

Tousled waves? Romantic braids? Chic updo? With this unique formula from RUSK®, there’s no need to pick just one ‘do: This cream allows you to restyle any look without having to rewash your hair or even reapply product. That means you can switch your style at the drop of a hat (and not worry about hat hair, either). Not only that, this cream reduces your styling and blow dry time by 50 percent—leaving you more time to spend enjoying your style (whatever it may be).

No4 Clarifying Shampoo

Birchbox Best Health July 2015 Unboxing & Review No4 Clarifying Shampoo

I really don’t get companies that send a shampoo sample with a matching conditioner.  Without knowing how the duo performs, I am unlikely to switch.  I received No4 Clarifying Shampoo.  A decent size sample that you could use when travelling.

At the end of a long day we could all use a fresh start—the same goes for our hair. When product buildup and styling stress leave your locks feeling dull, use Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo, subtly scented with white freesia, golden amber, and warm musk, to gently cleanse without stripping moisture or color.

It does wash well without drying my hair out, but at the price point and without trying the conditioner, I can’s see switching.

In all, I like the products included in the Best Health Birchbox but it just feels like something is lacking in it.  Still more useful than my ipsy glambag for July.  Swatches and comparisons of the two brown eyeshadow samples coming soon!

If you want to subscribe to Birchbox, you can do so here.

Ipsy July 2015 Summer Lovin’ Glambag Unboxing

Ipsy July 2015 Summer Lovin Unboxing Review

Can you unbox a bag that doesn’t actually come in a box?   Anyway… on to my ipsy glambag preview for July 2015.  The theme of this month is Summer Lovin’ although, most of my products are not really that summer themed.

Nika K HQ Quad Eye Shadow in Sierra

Ipsy July 2015 Summer Lovin Unboxing Review Nika K Eyeshadow Quad in Sierra

I was a bit surprised to see a full size makeup product in my July glambag.  It turns out that Nika K eyeshadow quads cost around $5 and do not ship to Canada, so not surprising that I was not familiar with the brand.

Experience radiant color and exceptional wear with the new HQ Quad Eyeshadows. Available in expertly curated, complementary color combinations, each quad features shades optimal for highlighting, contouring, and defining the eyes. They boast an incredible formula with buttery smooth pigmentation, that seamlessly applies and blends.

I received Sierra, a mix of very wearable neutral brown tones.  I will swatch and review later with a similar toned palette from my birchbox.

Teeez Read My Lips in Killing Me Softly

Ipsy July 2015 Summer Lovin Unboxing Review Teeez Read My Lips in Killing Me Softly

This long-lasting lipstick combines the power of highly-pigmented coverage and a unique satin, matte finish. The lipstick’s smooth, ultra creamy texture and added coconut oil extract nourishes and hydrates the lips, with color that lasts for up to 8 hours.

A brighter lipstick for summer in the Summer Lovin glambag and probably the more summer themed item in the bag.  Teeez Read My Lips in Killing Me Softly is a matte coral colour.  It feels like it has a great consistency going on and does not have that drying feeling of many matte lipsticks, but the colour just does not last on me.

Ipsy July 2015 Summer Lovin Unboxing Review Teeez Read My Lips in Killing Me Softly Swatches

Here it is with one layer and then two (blotted) on the second swatch.  As you can see, not completely matte looking and a really nice shade.  I wanted to love it, and loved the swatched but on the lips, it sinks into creases and is just gone after a short time leaving your lips kinda stained but patchy looking.  A coworker borrowed it to use as blush, however, and it looked great and lasted hours!

 Pur-lisse Pur-delicate Soy Milk Cleanser

Ipsy July 2015 Summer Lovin Unboxing Review pur-lisse pur-delicate soy milk cleanser

Next up is pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover which was decent, just not enough to get me to pay more or switch brands.

Appreciate your skin, don’t irritate it. Cleanse the day away in one simple step with this sulfate-free blend of Soy Milk, Whole Oat and White Tea. This gentle cleanser leaves your face silky soft, without a trace of impurity. The 4-in-1 sulfate free & non-drying formula gently washes away dirt and makeup (even mascara!), while soothing and toning skin.

It had a hard time with mascara, since it is summer, I am all about the waterproof mascara because a sweaty face is bad enough without raccoon eyes.  It may take off regular mascara without issues.  It did a good job of the rest of my makeup without rubbing the skin to scrub it off.

Coolway Beachy Salt Spray for Hair

Ipsy July 2015 Summer Lovin Unboxing Review Coolway Beachy Sea Salt Spray

I received a salt spray from Birchbox last month and was not wow-ed by it, and Coolway’s Beachy Salt Spray was even less impressive.  In fairness, I don’t need much texture, I am more about making my hair less textured and more sleek/straight.

Perfect for creating beachy waves and natural styles with a non-sticky, matte finished look. Formulated with Dead Sea salts for additional mineral nourishment.   This spray texturizes and separates hair for a natural, fresh-from-the-beach look.  It has a weightless formula for bouncy, flexible, wavy hair and a mineral-rich formula consisting of Dead Sea Salt for soothing and strengthening of the scalp and hair.

I could do with the soothing and strengthening, but it is just not for me.  I imagine people with different hair types may love it.

Finally, I also received pink tweezers from Crown Brush in my July glambag. I imagine that most people who subscribe to ipsy will have a decent pair of tweezers in their makeup bag, I know I have several.  They were decent tweezers, I just can’t see the point in including them for beauty lovers, many will have better ones and several sets like it.

Overall, not the most impressive July glambag.  I do like the actual bag, it is bright, fits in my purse and has a decent lining.  With ipsy, you can see the products that were included in other people’s glambags which makes me a little jealous.  I wish you could just pick 5 from their list.  I would have picked Essie nail polish, Nudestix Magnetic eye colour, Tarte Amazonian Clay bronzer, Crown duo eyeshadow/eyeliner brush and Eva NYC dry shampoo or Olehenrisken cleansing cloths.

Marcelle Mascara Waterproofing Topcoat Review

Marcelle Mascara Waterproofing Topcoat Review

Mascara and I have a love hate relationship.  My lashes are not long and dark enough to go au naturel but I am yet to find the perfect mascara.  This is mostly because my eyes water a lot.  Non waterproof mascaras always seem to look better, but who wants to look like a panda after an hour of wearing them?  So I have always “made do” with waterproof versions that I like, but do not love.  Everything from $3 to $30 mascaras, and I can’t find that perfect waterproof one?

Marcelle Mascara Waterproofing Topcoat Review

Well, Marcelle has to my rescue!  Now I can use the non-waterproof mascaras I love, but not look like a raccoon due to sweat, rain or watering eyes.  They have a mascara waterproofing top coat.  It comes with a basic mascara brush, but unlike clear mascaras or topcoats I have tried before, is more liquid and gently coats the eyes without a clumpy mess.

You do need to wait until your mascara is totally dry.  The waterproofing topcoat liquid is runny, as you can see from it almost dripping out in the picture above.  It is not great if you use a mascara with fibres as it either brushes them away or sticks them too close to get the full effect.  But on top of my fave Diorshow, no issues at all.  Once dry, it has a slightly glossier look than your regular mascara.  Personally, I like that, but it is not for everyone and it does change the way your mascara looks.  You are brushing through using a different style of mascara wand.

Marcelle Mascara Waterproofing Topcoat Review

I have really put this to the test, in 40 degree humidity days, while crying (long story) and even slept in it once (yeah I know, don’t sleep in your makeup) and not one case of panda eyes!

Marcelle’s waterproofing topcoat mascara has been around for a while, two years or so, judging by other reviews.  I have no idea how I didn’t know about it sooner, but I am glad I have found it now.  My only issue with it is that the top coat is so liquid it tends to move down the mascara wand to the centre, so it can be hard to coat your lashes fully.  I hold it for a few seconds letting it run back down the bristles and make sure I use that side to sweep my lashes.

Marcelle’s mascara waterproofing topcoat is available at most drug stores and is regularly priced at $16.95.  I picked mine up at Shoppers Drug Mart when I had a coupon for bonus points on cosmetics.

[re]fresh Skin Therapy Lactic Acid Peel & Eye Recovery Serum

[re]fresh refresh skin therapy lactic acid peel review

My skin has been terrible lately.  With the changing weather, I have a sudden outbreak of pimples and orange peel like skin.  Your makeup can’t cover everything, and with the recent heatwave, will not last the day, so I have been making a real effort to “fix” my skin.  I have used [re]fresh peels before, trying their fruit acid peel.

This time, I opted for their 10% Lactic Acid Peel.  It is their gentlest exfoliator and is supposed to remove dead and damaged skin cells without irritation – because I do not need added redness! Lactic acid speeds skin cell renewal and improves skin’s ability to retain moisture.  Compared to their fruit acid peel, this one smells more like acid (think white vinegar smell) but is just as gentle.

One of the things I love about [re]fresh peels is that they do not need a neutralizing agent and are neutralized with just cool water.  If it starts to burn (which the Lactic Acid Peel did not), you can easily rinse your face without measuring other ingredients.  You have to be careful with any peel in summer,that fresh skin is more easily burned, so use peels at night and lots of sunscreen!

While gentle, I find the Lactic Acid peel is helping.  I have been using it 3x a week and a gentle scrub the next day to help scrub away the dead skin cells that it removes as you don’t notice the skin sloughing off when using it.

[re]fresh refresh skin therapy peptide + intense eye recovery serum

As an added bonus, [re]fresh sent me a full size sample of their Peptide + Intense eye recovery serum.

Unlike most products that are open to bacteria, they use an airless pump precision applicator to maximizes eye serum effectiveness.  The product stays sealed, extending product lifetime, eliminating waste or spills.  Considering it is $50, not wasting any is a good thing.

Refresh Skin Therapy’s Peptide+ Intense Eye Recovery Serum is a dynamic and effective dark circle elimination treatment. Using an active ingredient mix of peptides derived from purified soy, rice, and yeast, the formula positively stimulates blood circulation away from the eyes to dramatically reduce dark circles and puffiness.

I use a eye serum regularly as I get dark circles.  I haven’t been using it long enough to see any huge change (and would not expect it to work so quickly when I have been using a similar treatment) but the skin around my eyes already seems firmer so it definitely helps with the puffiness within just 2 weeks.

Buy [re]fresh products

Refresh Skin Therapy can be bought directly through their website or on Amazon.ca.  Personally, I find that Amazon is better for us Canadians as it ships from Amazon, so free shipping and no worrying about duty/taxes at the border.  However, prices vary on both, so check before buying for the best deal.

*Prices current July 20th 2015.

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge for review purposes but was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.