Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 6 Review & Update

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Hello, hello! Can you believe that it is already been SIX weeks since starting Project Focus 10?

Project Focus 10 is a Collab that I am doing with three lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy. Here’s the lowdown on PF10:

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Today I’m reviewing Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Bronzer in their iconic shade Park Avenue Princess. Here’s what it says on the Sephora website about this bronzer:

What it is:
An ultralight, mineral-based bronzing powder.

What it does:
Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer is an oil-free bronzer that fuses earthly minerals with naturally-derived ingredients for a natural-looking finish. It contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants to fight free radical damage, and it’s infused with mineral pigments that are known for their soothing and softening properties.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

My experience: This is the first and only bronzer that I’ve ever owned as most of them are too dark for my skintone (for reference, I use Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc).

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess

Because I’m quite pale in the winter time, I have to be careful in applying, otherwise it is too much (as you can see in the swatch on my arm, and my face is a lot paler than my arm). The colour is definitely buildable and long lasting on my skin. I think that it is a bit too warm for me this time of year, but I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it in the spring / summer.

Update on the remaining PF10 products:

Make-Up:

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Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 2x, loving the matte shades this week!

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Make-Up Tools:

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Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – Once again I did not use my false lashes, I need to do a patch test with the adhesive before trying them out. Maybe I’ll do that this afternoon.

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily

Haircare and Bodycare:

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Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 2x,

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used 2x,

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, used 2x, finished!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily, often several times a day!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

 

The Body Shop’s Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float

Hello, hello! Happy Friday!

Today I’m reviewing the Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float from The Body Shop from my recent haul.

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float

Here’s what it says about the Deep Sleep:

BEST IF YOU WANT TO: Prepare for a good night’s sleep with a long, unwinding soak using this dreamy bath treatment that helps to calm and relax the body.

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float

Ingredients (since it is near impossible to read on the bottle):

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glucose, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Sodium Cocoa Butter Amphoacetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Hydrolyzed Oats, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), C11-15 Pareth-40, C11-15 Pareth-7, Citral, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase.

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float

My experience: As you might know, I love taking baths, and I love bath products. But I have weirdly sensitive skin, so it is often a risky endeavour when it comes to trying new bath products. To test for skin reaction, I first filled the sink with hot water and the Deep Sleep and stuck my hands and wrists into the water and waited to see if there was any reaction before filling up the bathtub and putting my whole body at risk. Trust me on this one, the one time that I didn’t do a patch test on my wrist, I ended up with a nearly head to toe skin reaction. And that is never fun! Once I was fairly certain that this was a “safe” product for my skin, I immediately filled the tub up and hopped in.

The Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float is LOVELY. I felt so relaxed and my skin was so soft after a nice hot soak. The scent is not overpowering, I can smell the chamomile, hops, and lavender (lavandula hybrida) which is so soothing and relaxing. I love this. You won’t get a crazy amount of bubbles like you would with a Lush bubble bar, but I was surprised at the amount of bubbles that I got.

The Deep Sleep also plays nicely with some eucalyptus essential oil added in the bath with it – which is what I did last week when I was still recovering from the death plague.

It is currently on sale on the Canadian Body Shop website for $10 (regularly $24 for 400ml / 3.5 fl oz).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum Review

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum

Hello, hello!

Today I’m reviewing the Grapeseed Glossing Serum from The Body Shop that I picked up during a recent haul.

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum

Here’s what is says on the website:

A glossing serum that adds great gloss and shine to the hair. It also helps to moisturize the hair and is easily washed out. Suitable for dull/frizzy hair.

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum

Here’s the list of ingredients:

Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Limonene, Fragrance, Linalool, Citral, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Isoeugenol.

My experience: I’ve been using the Grapeseed Glossing Serum for a few weeks now because the cold weather has been making my hair prone to being a little drier and frizzier (and due to hat wearing, often staticky). The product is a clear serum, with that  not quite a liquid but not quite a gel texture that I find most serums to be. It does make my hair dark hair glossy, keep the ends moisturized, and helps tame the winter frizz / static that I’ve been experiencing lately.

As with most serums and hair oils, I would recommend keeping it away from your roots and scalp, otherwise you might end up looking a little greasy. The serum does have a scent. I can pick out the mild grapeseed scent as well as something that I can’t quite identify, but it doesn’t bother me, and it fades quickly enough (if scents bother you).

The Grapeseed Glossing Serum is on sale on the Canadian Body Shop website for $5 (regularly $12) for 75ml / 2.5 fl oz.

The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum

I’m looking forward to testing this serum out more when the weather gets warmer to see how my hair likes it in humid conditions. If I have any of the serum left by then, or if it is still available to repurchase, I’ll revisit this post and give a warm weather review.

Have you tried this hair serum? If not, what serums have you used?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 5 Update & Review

Hello, hello! Can you believe that it is week 5 already?

Project Focus 10 is a Collab that I am doing with three lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy. Here’s the lowdown on PF10:

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Today I’m reviewing the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burt’s Bees. Here’s what it says on the Burt’s Bees website:

Give your needy nails a helping hand. Nourish and moisturise nails and cuticles with this intensive, natural treatment. A touch of lemon oil makes your nails smell incredibly clean, healthy and beautiful, naturally.

And here’s the ingredient list since it was nearly impossible to photograph it:

prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, tocopheryl acetate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera (candehlla) wax, beta-carotene, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), limonene

My experience: I’ve been really good about using the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream several times every day and I’ve made quite a dent in it as you can see from the photo with the black background (taken this morning). It is keeping my cuticles from drying out and getting raggy which they are prone to do in the dry and cold winter months. I love the lemony scent so much!

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Update on the remaining products:

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Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 1x, I only wore full makeup twice last week, and ended up using my new Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette one of the days.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – used 1x, I’m quite pale this time of year, but when I’m sick, I’m ghostly, so this was a little too warm toned for me, even used sparingly.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Makeup Tools:

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Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – did not use

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily

Haircare and Bodycare:

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Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 1x, I accidentally used a different shampoo one morning

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used 1x, I accidentally used a different conditioner one morning.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, used 2x, nearly finished the tube, maybe two or three uses left.

Overall: I think I made ok progress despite still being sick over the past week, and not really wearing much makeup unless I was leaving my house to camouflage the plague pallor.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Don't forget to check out my fellow collaborators' posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Wonderblur Face Primer from The Body Shop

Hello, hello!

Yes, I was actually brave enough to try another primer after my horrific reaction to the last one (link is here if you want to read about it). I decided to try the Wonderblur Primer from The Body Shop.

The Body Shop Wonderblur Primer

Here’s what it says on the Body Shop’s Canadian website:

  • Smoothes the appearance of fine lines

  • Flawless finish

  • 12-hour hydration

My experience: When I first squeezed a little bit of the primer out of the tube to do a patch test on my arm, and then on my neck (a crucial step after my recent skin reaction to the other primer), I really thought that this was going to be a dud and prone to terrible pilling. But once you rub it into the skin, it kind of “melts” and applies smoothly.

The Body Shop Wonderblur Primer

I’ve tried this primer with my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, and with just concealer and finishing powder. It works well both ways to smooth the skin without drying it out. It doesn’t make my skin feel like it can’t breathe. And most importantly, my skin did not freak out when I used the Wonderblur Primer. Such a difference compared to my previous horrible experience!

The Body Shop Wonderblur Primer

Have you tried this one? If not, what is your HG primer, I want to know!

Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

@MascaraInTheCity BEAUTY GIVEAWAY from Too Faced.

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Hi my loves!

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In anticipation to almost reaching 500 FOLLOWERS I wanted to spread the love, and give my amazing followers ANOTHER amazing TOO FACED GIVEAWAY!! THANK YOU ALL whom supported me, and continue to support me! Without you there would be no Mascara in the City, and I love you all sooo much!    

The set that ONE lucky winner will be receiving is this Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set, YAYAYAY!!  I am super excited to give this set away because Sephora just posted this on there latest arrivals section.  YES this set is BRAND NEW to Sephora. CaptureThis set contains:
– 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
– 0.08 oz Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
– 0.16 oz Melted Liquidfied Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua
– 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
– 0.16 oz Hangover Replenishing Face Primer


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My Holy Grail Treatment for Breakouts – Kate Somerville’s EradiKate

Hello, hello!

Thanks so a recent reaction to a primer, my skin experienced an uncharacteristic TERRIBLE breakout on my chin and cheek. I have sensitive skin, and a lot of acne treatment products are too harsh for me, and my skin reacts violently to tea tree oil. I was at Sephora and decided to try Kate Somerville’s EradiKate because I remembered that sulfur is effective for treating breakouts.

Kate Somerville EradiKate

Here’s what it says on the Kate Somerville website:

EradiKate® Acne Treatment quickly calms flare-ups and is specially formulated to help prevent future breakouts while reducing the appearance of redness.

  • Sulphur, an effective acne-fighter, aids in eliminating existing imperfections and keeping new ones from occurring

  • AHAs are designed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores

  • Zinc Oxide, a natural mineral, provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum production

Basically, you just apply this thick pink liquid to clean skin with a cotton swab (q-tip) once daily.

Kate Somerville EradiKate

My experience: This stuff stinks due to the sulphur content, and it does sting a little when I first apply it, but let me tell you, this stuff WORKS. It helped reduce inflammation and redness, and helped my skin to heal. I did experience some dryness on my chin after using it for a few days, but I was expecting that to happen.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

500 Followers & Giveaway! (RE-BLOGGED)

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An amazing giveaway to celebrate 500 followers!
Congrats Billie! ❤

Please go to her blog to offer her your messages of congratulations!

Hey Beauties!

I hope everyone has been having an amazing Valentines day! I received a card from my boyfriend that simply stated ‘have a great day’, i’m not joking! Either way, it must of been a sign of what was to come as I reached a crazy 500 followers today! A great day indeed. It was like the perfect way to start my day, I am so incredibly amazed that even though I have been a beyond terrible blogger these days due to my new job, that I have reached another incredible milestone. So thank you to everyone for your support and I am so beyond happy right now. I won’t bore you with my rambling, as we could be here a hell of a long time. So instead of talking about my appreciation, I have decided to show you instead.

Did someone say give away?! 

That’s right my friends…

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Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 4 Review & Update

Hello, hello!

I’m back with week 4 of my Project Focus 10 Collab with Ingrid from Curly Sping Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy. Here’s the lowdown on PF10:

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Today I’m reviewing the Lash Mania (Waterproof) Mascara from Essence Cosmetics.

Essence Lash Mania Waterproof

Here’s what it says on the European website, since it seems to have disappeared from the Canadian one:

lashes with star appeal! the innovative elastomer brush with a star-shaped arrangement of blades accurately grips your lashes to give them a push-up effect. the result: lashes with extreme volume and a dramatic false-lash look. secret tip: the LASH mania reloaded mascara offers perfect separation and can therefore also be used as a mascara topper. for all mascara maniacs.

Essence Lash Mania Waterproof

My experience: I have long stick straight lashes, so I always curl my lashes before applying mascara. At first my lashes look super long and have a nice curl, but I wouldn’t say that the mascara added any volume, or gave me a dramatic false lash look. Within an hour of applying, my lashes began to droop. This mascara does not hold a curl for me. I really wanted to like this mascara, since I LOVE their Get Big Lashes (Waterproof) Mascara. I’ve tried using it as a topper over GBL, but it just weighs my lashes down and causes them to droop.

Update on the remaining products:

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Makeup:

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Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 1x

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – did not use

Makeup Tools:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – did not use

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used 2x

Haircare & Bodycare:

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Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 2x

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – used 2x

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – used daily, sometimes 2-3x per day

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, used 1x, nearly finished the tube!

Overall: I was sick last week, so I only wore makeup twice when I had to leave the house, and the rest of the time I was recovering from the plague, so I didn’t make a lot of progress on using up the makeup products. But I’ve been very good at using the Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream since my hands have been so dry.

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts!

Curly Spring Blossom

Stash Matters

Styled with Joy

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!