Weekly Recap Jan 29th to Feb 4th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up.

Monday, January 29th – * Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick (OG Lolita) Review [Influenster voxbox / PR sample]

Thursday, February 1st –  * Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair + Overnight Detox and Hydration Booster Review [PR samples}

Friday, February 2nd – Empties January 2018

January 2018 Empties

I woke up on Saturday morning with a sore throat. Ugh, I so don’t want to be sick this month!

I finished the 30 days for the Yoga True program, and have thus far managed to keep up with a daily yoga practice. I’m about to hop on the mat despite feeling sick, and then throw myself into a nice hot bath to try to steam away my cold.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original blog post for details, all PR samples identified. And as always, my opinion is very much my own.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick (OG Lolita) Review

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I was sent the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick Voxbox from Influenster in the shade OG Lolita. If you follow me on InstaGram, you’ve seen a few photos that I’d posted. [all info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

What it is:
A breakthrough new lipstick combining super-creamy color and weightless, comfortable long wear.

What it does:
Introducing the new and reborn Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick—the creamiest, most cushiony and unbelievably pigmented lipstick to ever cross your lips.

Discover your new go-to color from Kat Von D’s biggest, boldest shade range. The collection includes 40 shades in three finishes, and features rich reds, bold berries, and neutrals for every complexion. You’ll also find beloved Everlasting Liquid Lipstick shades, now in the Studded Kiss formulation. 

See and feel the difference instantly. Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick features a high-chroma content for pure, vivid color in a revolutionary new base formula that’s crystal clear, super-soft, and virtually weightless. Made with smooth, spherical pigments and lip-nourishing ingredients, it’s never been easier to coat your lips in creamy, comfortable color.

I’d tried the original formulation a few years ago, and didn’t love it. I found it to be very drying on the lips which for me make a lipstick unwearable!

The new formulation is highly pigmented, comfortable, non-drying and long wearing. I received the shade OG Lolita, a dusty rose shade in satin matte finish – and you all know how much I love rose based shades! I’ve been wearing it non-stop since it arrived in my mailbox.

There are several shades that I’m adding to my wish list – Adora, Lovecraft, Sanctuary, Hawkwind, Cathedral, Misfit, Hexagram, Motorhead, and Gold Blooded (just to name a few, haha!)

Disclosure: PR sample / complimentary product from Influenster / KVD Beauty, however my opinions are very much my own!

Weekly Re-cap May 8th to 14th

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

Monday, May 8th – Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner Lolita Review *

Wednesday, May 10th – Wildcraft Buff Face & Body Scrub Review

Friday, May 12th – Trust Fund Beauty Just Talk to My Lawyer Review

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Product marked with a * is a complimentary PR sample for testing purposes (more specifically an Influenster VoxBox), the rest were birthday gifts from a friend.

Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita Review

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Today I have a little review of one of the new Everlasting Lip Liners from Kat Von D Beauty in the iconic Lolita shade. I was one of the lucky Influensters who received the VoxBox for testing and review purposes.

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Description is taken from the Sephora website:

What it is:
A lip liner that combines 24-hour, water-resistant wear and weightless color, in 30 shades matched to Kat Von D’s iconic lipsticks.
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What it does:
At last, a lip liner in a boundary-breaking spectrum of 30 shades, from classic nudes and reds to fearless bolds you can only expect from Kat Von D. Everlasting Lip Liner lives up to the promise of Kat’s beloved Everlasting Liquid Lipstick with comfortable, long wear and a matte, high-pigment formula.

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I find that most lip liners are quite drying on the lips, but this one is surprisingly comfortable and super long wearing. Very highly pigmented – this stuff does not budge until you remove it!

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Lolita is described as being a chestnut rose shade. I’ve worn it on its own, as well as combined with some of my fave lipsticks. Here it is swatched with a few from my collection:

Kat Von D Influenster

Disclosure: Product received complimentary for testing purposes, thanks Influenster and Kat Von D Beauty!

Brilliant Brunette – John Frieda Voxbox

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I received my very first influenster voxbox a few weeks ago, for John Frieda’s #MyJohnFrieda campaign. In the box were three products from the Brilliant Brunette line, more specifically, the Visibly Brighter Shampoo, Conditioner and In-Shower Lightening Treatment.

#MyJohnFrieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter

Here’s some information on the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo:

Give your brunette hair a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo cleanses and gradually infuses golden tones to illuminate the spectrum of your brunette colour

Here’s some info on the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner:

Hydrate your hair with a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Conditioner moisturizes your hair and illuminates the spectrum of brunette tones.

Both are free of ammonia and peroxide, and safe for natural and colour-treated hair, including high-lighted / low-lighted hair.

Now, onto the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-shower Lightening Treatment:

Cast a light on colour. In just 5 minutes, Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Lightening Treatment illuminates to reveal a lighter shade of brunette in 1 wash. Lightens only your natural brunette spectrum, so hair won’t appear bleached or orange.

Here’s the usage instructions:

Slip off clear outer cap and discard. Break off tab to expose both holes and apply entire contents of treatment to wet hair, concentrating on the root regrowth or all over. Rinse hands. Leave treatment on for 5 minutes, then rinse completely. Follow with Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Shampoo and/or Conditioner, if desired. Use 1-2 times in between colourings.Safe for natural, highlighted and coloured hair.

#MyJohnFrieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter

My Experience:

First off, here’s a little background on my hair. I’m naturally a dark brunette shade, with a few “light streaks” starting. My hair is colour-treated, and I’ve recently changed from a dark brunette to a warmer toned medium brunette shade that has auburn / mahogany tones.

I decided to approach this review in the same way that I would for a skincare review and use the products exclusively for approximately 3.5 weeks, starting with freshly coloured hair, and take a photo each week for comparison purposes. Hair is air-dried, no styling products added, taken outdoors in full sun. *Warning, my hair is crazy without styling products to tame it. *

The shampoo and conditioner work well on my thick, wavy, frizz-prone hair. The scent is pleasant, and not at all overpowering. My hair feels clean and conditioned after use. I did notice after a few uses that my hair colour was not fading out as quickly as it normally would, and that the colour was more dimensional, with high and low tones.

I used the In-Shower Treatment two weeks after colouring my hair. It has a faint “hair-dye” scent, likely due to the peroxide and ammonia content, but it isn’t overpowering, and the scent washes away when you rinse the treatment out. I didn’t find that my hair was a full shade lighter, but it did help even out my hair colour – the ends are darker than my roots due to changing from a dark to a more medium brunette colour (and I need to get the ends trimmed). My hair was a little dry after using the In-Shower Treatment, so if you have dry or damaged hair, be prepared for this possibility. But it was nothing that a hair mask couldn’t help.

Disclosure: These products were provided by Influenster and John Frieda in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own regardless of this fact.