Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner Review

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I’m back with another review of the Hask Deep Conditioners, this time with the Argan Oil Intense Repairing Deep Conditioner pack. I’ve already reviewed the Keratin Protein (smoothing) one.

Hask Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

Here’s what it says on the Hask website:

Argan Oil from Morocco Repairing Deep Conditioner. HASK Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Treatment, is a super strengthening, hydrating treatment that will restore and smooth dry, damaged, chemically treated or over processed hair. Argan oil, unique to Morocco, is known for its high absorbing, penetrating and split end qualities while leaving even the most damaged hair soft and nourished for added moisture. Treat your hair with this nourishing deep conditioning treatment, formulated to bring life back into your luscious looking locks!

My hair is getting pretty long, it is roughly about halfway down my back, thick, and wavy. It tends to get drier in the winter, so a deep conditioning treatment is necessary to help keep my hair healthy between my occasional trims (around every three to four months).

Despite having long and thick hair, I am able to get two or three uses from these conditioning packs. This one made my hair like silk after rinsing it out. It says on the package to leave on for 10 minutes, but I got distracted and left it on for 30 minutes before rinsing.

I really like the Argan Oil line, I just finished up the Argan Oil Shampoo on the weekend, and the matching conditioner has about one more use left in it, so they will be in my January empties post.

Hask Deep Conditioning Packs

I would definitely purchase this Deep Conditioning pack again. I still have to test and review the Charcoal and Citrus Oil Purifying Deep Conditioner pack before I decide which one is my fave of the bunch.

Have you tried this one? Do you have a favourite deep conditioner?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Weekly Re-cap (Jan 23rd to 29th)

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Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out!

Monday Jan 23rd – Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme Review

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection

Wednesday Jan 25th – Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Friday, nope, Saturday Jan 26th – Pur~lisse Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant Review

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant

So there you have it, hope you have a great week ahead! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: All products are samples from Ipsy Glam Bag monthly subscription that I pay for.

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant Review

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Today I’m reviewing another one of my recent Ipsy Glam Bag products – the Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant from Pur~lisse. I’ve gotten several products from the Blue Lotus line and they agreed with my sensitive skin, so I was rather excited to try this one out!

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant

Here’s a little info about the product from the Pur~lisse website:

A 10 minute facial treatment designed with Blue Lotus Seeds, White Clay, Bamboo, Ginger, White Tea and Mushroom Extract. This miracle multi-tasker instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation. Our power blend improves skin texture and leaves it visibly youthful & glowing.

Benefits:

~Blue Lotus extract is a powerful antioxidant known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits ~White Clay tightens skin & purifies pores ~Bamboo improves skin texture ~Ginger detoxifies ~Mushroom extract helps to brightening skin tone ~White Tea soothes skin~Rice Bran Water improves skin texture

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant

I love facial masks, especially mud based ones, but there is something in this mask that does not quite agree with my skin. I did a patch test on my neck without any problem, but on my face, it felt a little tingly – not a burning tingle, but more like the start of itchiness. It did not turn into full on itchiness, thankfully, but definitely felt like I was on the cusp of a skin reaction.

I also found that this mask was super hard to rinse off, it took forever to get it all off my face. Afterwards, my skin did not look any better than it did before applying the mask.

Sadly this one did not work for my sensitive skin. I was surprised since everything else that I’ve tried from this range were great and worked well for me.

Have you tried this facial mask? Did it work for you?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Product from monthly subscription box that I pay for.

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

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Sorry for the lateness of today’s blog post, my poor laptop is having some problems, eep!

Onto the review!

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

I’ve tried the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask long before I started blogging, and when I got it in my December Ipsy Glam bag, I felt that I should finally review it. The description in italics is taken from the Sephora website:

What it is:
An instant complexion-perfecting mask that brightens and renews skintone and texture, minimizes pores, diminishes hyperpigmentation, and reduces the appearance of fine lines in as little as 10 minutes.

What it is formulated to do:
A cocktail of four acids including glycolic acid from pinneapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape create multiaction exfoliation. It lifts dead skin and resurfaces to dramatically improve skintone, texture, firmness, and radiance, while minimizing the appearance of pores and reducing sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and old acne scars.

This is one of the few acid peel type masks that my sensitive skin can handle – which funny because it says that it is not recommended for people with sensitive skin! As always, if you have sensitive skin, don’t forget to do a patch test on your arm or neck before trying it on your face.

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

My skin is always so fresh and bright looking after using it. At $68 (Canadian) for the full size, it is on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way. I’ve gotten several uses (at least three so far) from my deluxe sample sized tube, and I’d guess that I’m not even half way through it.

Have you tried this? Do you have a fave acid type peel / mask?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Sample from monthly Ipsy Glam Bag subscription that I pay for.

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Creme

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Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection

I finally got to test out the Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème that I got in my most recent Ipsy Glam Bag. According to the Briogeo website, this product is good for all hair types, from straight to curly:

This silicone-free and weightless finishing formula is infused with a nourishing blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to smooth hair, enhance shine, tame frizz, and thermal protect up to 425°F.

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection

I’ve already tried and loved the Don’t Despair,  Repair Deep Conditioning Mask, so I had high hopes for this product. I didn’t get to test it out with my flat iron or curling wand, but it worked really well to protect my hair while blow drying with my mega hot T3 featherweight hair dryer. My hair was smooth, and under control, AND it even helped tame the frizz monster!

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection

As well, the product is 95% naturally derived, vegan and cruelty free! Yay!

I’m planning to purchase a full-size of this one as soon as I finish up my current stash of hair products. So for now, I’ve added to my wishlist.

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection

Have you tried this? Or anything else from Briogeo?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Background artwork by Allan Sutt Frostbite Arts (used with artist’s permission).

Disclosure: Product from monthly subscription, paid for by me.

Weekly Re-cap (Jan 16th to 22nd)

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Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything!

Monday, January 16th – Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara Review

Wednesday, January 18th – Ipsy Glam Bag January 2017: Unboxing & First Impressions

Friday, January 20th – Holy Grail or Holy Fail? Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

So there you have it, all of the posts this week!

I’m still keeping up with my daily yoga practice through the Yoga With Adriene #yogarevolution series. I’m really enjoying it. 22 days and counting! Woot! Is anyone else taking part?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog post for individual product disclosures, thanks!

 

 

Holy Grail or Holy Fail? Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Review

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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I know that the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a Holy Grail product for a lot of people, so I thought that I would give it a second chance after my first impressions Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing in November.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Here’s a little info from the Too Faced website:

Take home our Better Than Sex mascara and all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic.

  • Film-forming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear
  • Acacia Senegal Tree Extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place
  • Unique Peptides for the deepest, intense black possible
  • 1,944% more volume*
  • 100% saw longer lashes**
  • 100% saw dramatic volume**
  • 93% saw base-to-tip curl**
  • 8 out of 10 say it’s the best mascara they’ve ever used**

 

Using my Seven Requirements For Loving a Mascara rating system, let’s take a closer look at how this mascara performed for me. Because my lashes are long and stick straight, I always curl my lashes before applying mascara. Here’s my Holy Grail requirements:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I used this mascara several times over the past month, and found that it only smudged a little bit if my eyes watered when out in the cold. It is a deep dark black which I love, and did give my lashes volume (not the crazy percentage claimed though, haha). I did not experience any flaking, which was nice. BUT I found that two coats of mascara made my lashes clumpy and SO heavy, which meant that the curl did not hold up all day.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I’m just not in love with this mascara, sorry Too Faced! I would like to try some of the other mascaras to see if any of them will work for me.

Is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara your Holy Grail, or it is your Holy Fail?

*The art in the background is by Allan Sutt Frostbite Arts*

Disclosure: Product from Ipsy Glam Bag. I pay for the monthly subscription.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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Just a little unboxing and first impressions for you today for January’s Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was Metropolis, and the bag is a silvery blue perforated faux leather with a silver lining (visible through the cut outs).

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Let’s take a look inside this month’s bag! *Descriptions in Italics are from the Ipsy website*

Up first is theBalm’s Bahama Mama Bronzer:

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

When you get back from a beach vaycay, your skin looks sun-kissed, not orange, right? Point being, any natural-looking bronzer is going to have brown undertones, and this one nails it. And since it’s matte, you can also use it to contour, as shadow, or to fill in brows.

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I was surprised that I liked this one, but it is a nice natural looking, matte bronzer – even on my pale face! I just have to be careful and apply with a light hand. A cruelty free brand!

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

The second product is the Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème:

This silicone-free hotshot smoothes, boosts shine, tames frizz, and protects hair up to 425°F. Plus the ingredient list is totally hair care #SquadGoals: Rosehip oil shields hair from UV damage, argan oil combats frizz, coconut oil seals in moisture, and algae extract strengthens hair.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

I was super happy to get this one as it was on my wishlist after trying the Don’t Despair, Repair Hair Mask. I try not to heat style my hair, but I occasionally use my hair dryer in the winter time, so this is perfect. Review to follow once I’ve used tested it out! Another cruelty free brand!

The third product is the Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 Mud Mask & Exfoliant:

As a rule, mud masks can be well, messy, but this one makes you feel more like you’re at the spa than running a tough mudder. It also does about 10 million amazing things for your complexion (we’re talking brighten, detoxify, tighten, and soothe, all while gently exfoliating), thanks to a power combo of ingredients including blue lotus seeds, bamboo, white clay, ginger, and mushroom.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

I’m not testing out any new skin care products until next weekend, but I can tell you that my skin liked everything that I’ve tried thus far from Pur~lisse. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out! Another cruelty brand!

The fourth product is the Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02:

Made with the most vivid pigments, so we get more color on our lids. And the gorgeous shimmery champagne shade is still giving us a buzz.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

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Ok, this loose shadow pigment is GORGEOUS! Although the Ipsy description is champagne, on me it pulls more rose gold in tone! I’m not 100% sure of this company’s cruelty free status – still researching. If you know, please tell me!

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

And the fifth and final product is the SLMissGlam Blend Beauty Brush L34:

No boring brushes here! Of course we totally love the purple handle (side note: it’s not only pretty, but much easier to find in an overcrowded makeup bag). The ombré bristles are made of a super soft synthetic material, and the shape is ideal for applying color either just in the crease, or all over your lid.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

I love getting brushed in my Ipsy Glam Bag, it is a great way to expand your brush collection, and test out different brands. This brush has super soft synthetic bristles. The brushes are hand crafted and cruelty free!

I was super happy with this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. Were you happy with yours?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription. And, as always, my opinions are my own!

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara Review

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

Continuing on with my reviews of my recent Soap & Glory giveaway win from Helpless Whilst Drying, today I’m reviewing the Thick & Fast HD Mascara. The other items are reviewed here.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

The BRUSH is the stuff – Soap & Glory’s 7-SIDED FAN FLARE-180™ brush with a V-groove to lay down volume & intensity, and a network of combing & curling surfaces to give length, definition and DRAMA. Featuring strength-building COLLAGEN* PRE-PEPTIDES, LONG-STRETCH POLYMERS that wrap lashes in a flexible, lengthening film and NO FLAKE 24 all-day wear technology, prepare yourself for TOTAL LASH LIFT-OFF!

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

My lashes are long and stick straight, so I have to curl my lashes before I apply mascara. My eyes are sensitive so many mascaras tend irritate my eyes. That being said, I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

So how does this mascara measure up against my seven requirements? First off, this isn’t a waterproof mascara, but despite this, it held up really well with wear, with no smudging. That is a miracle for me, because my eyes water easily, and most non waterproof mascaras end up running and smudging all over the place. I didn’t experience any flaking or clumping either. The mascara is a nice deep dark black and gives great volume. When first applied, my lashes look amazing. As well, the Thick & Fast Mascara did not irritate my sensitive eyes. The only problem that I had was that it did not hold a curl for more than three or four hours. So close to being a perfect mascara!

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara

Have you tried this mascara? Did you like it?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Part of a personal blog giveaway win.