The Body Shop Haul

I have an unhealthy obsession with body products that make you smell good…

If you read my last body shop haul you know that the Tahitian Tiare hand soap is one of the best smells in the world in my opinion. It was probably sent from the gods, it’s that good. It is one of my favourite smells ever and I found out that it comes in a body wash too, so I knew I had to get it.

And naturally when I was in the store I got distracted with face masks, and I picked up two more. The first one I picked up is the ‘British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask’ This is a gel like consistency with real rose flakes in it. It’s super hydrating and it smells really good (like roses obviously). I would say it’s a dupe for the Peter Thompson Roth Rose Stem Cell Repair Gel Mask. It’s nice for when my skin is feeling super tight and needs an extra boost of hydration before I carry on with the rest of my skincare routine.

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The next one I picked up is the ‘Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask’. This mask is white and has the consistency of cottage cheese with some oats in it (appetizing I know…). The first thing I noticed about it is the smell SUCKS. The scent is not my jam but I wanted to try it to see if it did good things for my skin. It dries all the way like a clay mask would, and when you wash it off the grains in it exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin. I did notice that my skin was pretty smooth after! However I don’t know if the smell is worth it since I have other polishing masks that pretty much do the same thing.

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I love the body shop because the quality of ingredients is pretty solid and it’s a lot less expensive than going to Sephora for one. These sell for $28 CAD plus HST which is pretty good considering the average mask at Sephora is anywhere from $60-$80 depending on the brand.

I can’t wait to see what else the body shop has in store!

That’s all I have for now!

xoxo

Sarah

Pixi Tonic Waters

Hello again lovely readers!

I was in need of a new Glow Tonic from Pixi, so I went to Shoppers Drug Mart to pick it up, and then I saw this little value pack of minis that includes two others types of tonics. I thought this would be a fun and easy way to try the other ones without breaking the bank.

Each bottle contains 1.35 fl oz and it costs $33.00 CAD plus tax. I knew I loved the glow tonic so I was excited to try the other two. I wanted to give a mini review of each and explain how they do different things for my skin.

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Glow Tonic: This is a 5% Glycolic Acid toner which is meant to chemically exfoliate all the dead skin off so you wake up with super smooth skin. The exfoliating properties also help to lighten dark marks. Truthfully sometimes I use this stuff instead of a face cleanser when I haven’t worn makeup all day, and I feel like it gets the dirt out of my face and I don’t wake up with pimples. It does sting a little bit when you first put it on, but that quickly subsides and eventually the redness does too. This is why I recommend to use this only at night, and use a strong SPF during the day.

Vitamin C Tonic: This tonic is infused with Vitamin C which helps to brighten the skin by reducing dark marks, and it also contains Aloe Vera and various fruit extracts to help hydrate the skin. It smells like lemons and it feels really hydrating on the skin. Vitamin C is a natural exfoliant so this also has exfoliating properties but without the burning sensation the glycolic acid gives you. After a few hours of putting this tonic on, I noticed my skin was a lot less red, the dark marks somehow magically looked less dark, and the rest of my skin just looked much whiter and brighter. I really like this tonic for the morning time, especially on days where I don’t wear makeup.

Rose Tonic: This tonic is infused with rose extracts which is known to hydrate and nourish the skin. Rose extract also has redness reducing properties because of the calming effect it has on the skin. I like this toner for when my skin feels extra tight after washing my face and I feel like I need an extra boost of hydration.

I love Pixi products and I really want to try more of them when I run out of all my other skincare items.

That’s all I have for now!

xoxo,

Sarah

Too Faced Peach Perfect Collection

A little while ago I noticed that whenever I wore makeup all day (for 8+ hours) I would breakout, and this never used to happen to me so I thought it may have been the product I was using. I was using the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, and while I LOVE the way the finish looks, I can only seem to wear it for short events or shoots or I end up breaking out just because it’s such a full coverage foundation. I googled the best non comedogenic foundations for oily skin and this Too Faced line came up in numerous recommendations, so I thought I would give it a go.

I picked up the primer, foundation, and translucent powder. The whole collections smells just like peach candy and even tastes like it too? I know you’re not supposed to eat makeup LOL but sometimes you breathe in the powder and it’s like wait…this kind of tastes good!

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The Primed and Peachy ‘Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer’ is a thicker pink gel/cream and I feel like it has a similar consistency to the Benefit Pore-fessional but just a little more hydrating and it has a cooling effect that the Benefit one does not. I really like this primer, I think it fills in my pores well and it helps to wake me up in the mornings because of the cooling effect it has on the skin.

Next I got the Peach Perfect ‘Comfort Matte Foundation’ in light beige. I really like this foundation for everyday because it has a medium coverage and therefore doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a mask of makeup every day and it lets your skin breathe. Because of this, it doesn’t cover up everything so if you have a really big pimple or dark mark it won’t cover it up completely, but for an everyday look I think that’s okay. I can wear this foundation all day it doesn’t seem to break me out. I think this is because it is a mattifying foundation so my skin doesn’t produce as much oil throughout the day, and therefore it makes it less likely that my pores will clog. Below is a picture of swatches of all the shades of this foundation that I found on Pinterest. You can see what light beige looks like in comparison to the others.

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And finally to complete the collection, I picked up the Peach Perfect Powder. This powder is super fine so it doesn’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles or look super powdery. I use this to bake my under eyes as well as all over the face. It keeps me looking matte and it is photo-friendly meaning you won’t get that white cast on your face in pictures whenever you take flash photography.

I love Too Faced (good quality and cute packaging, what’s not to like?) and I’m definitely going to pick up more products from them in the future. I’m thinking in the Summer I might pick up the Peach Perfect mattifying setting spray too to help combat my oil even more and add to the collection.

That’s all I have for now!

xoxo,

Sarah

 

I Tried Affordable Products Celebrities Swear By – By Marisa Chiorello

Hey beautiful souls!

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with trying different brands and types of makeup. For me, personally, makeup is just one of the many ways I express myself. So, I definitely do not wear makeup for other people, only for myself. If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that my makeup consists of liquid foundation, concealer, loose powder, bronzer, blush, mascara, highlighter, and a pop of colour on the lips. Recently, I ran out of some of my makeup staples, but I decided to do something different. Instead of purchasing my usual brands, I purchased some drugstore makeup and products that celebrities swear by. Yes, some celebrities are just like us! I couldn’t wait to try these affordable goodies.

L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara ($9)

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The first product I purchased was L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara. The celebrity who swears by this drugstore mascara is Vanessa Hudgens. I thought it was fitting to begin with this actress and singer because many people say I look like her. According to Vanessa, “you can really layer [this mascara] on for tons of volume and length.” She was right about this! I used three coats of this mascara and loved how long and thick my lashes looked. They almost looked like fake lashes! I also love how affordable this mascara is and the fact that it’s waterproof. Thanks to Vanessa, I’ll be using this mascara everyday and purchasing more once I run out.


L’Oréal Paris Enchanted Paradise Blush
, $13

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I stayed with L’Oréal for my blush. The celebrity who uses this blush is Camila Cabello. I chose Camila because we have similar skin tones so I knew this product would look great on my skin. It sure did! I loved this blush because it’s easy to apply and really complimented my skin tone.  It wasn’t too pink, or too bright so I didn’t look like a clown, haha. Not to mention, it smells delicious!

 

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, $9

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Recently, I’ve been using plumping gloss, butter gloss, and Kylie Cosmetics gloss in Cinnamon. However, I miss my lipstick, so I decided to pick one up. I went with Covergirl’s matte lipstick. The celebrity who uses this lipstick is Lorde. I’m not sure what shade Lorde uses, but I opted for Pink Paws. This lipstick is so worth it, especially for the price. It glides on smoothly and easily. I love the colour, the fact that it’s long lasting, and it’s comfortable. It doesn’t dry out your lips or become clumpy after wearing it for hours. The pop of colour was magical, too.

 

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, $5

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The next product I purchased was makeup-removing wipes. Ariana Grande swears by these wipes and uses them everyday as part of her facial cleansing routine. I was very pleased with these makeup-removing wipes. They took off all of my makeup without making my face feel dry. Also, my face didn’t burn which is what normally happens with makeup-removing wipes. These wipes even smelled delicious.

 

Eco Style Gel Olive Oil, $3

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I’ve recently been using Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Defining Lotion, but I noticed that this lotion does not fight against my curl’s frizz that well. Actress and activist, Yara Shahidi loves this gel. She said it’s “the most efficient,” gel and what helps her get her amazing curls. Not only is this gel super affordable, but also it’s lightweight and doesn’t make my curls hard and stiff. Instead, it fights frizz, hydrates my hair, and makes my curls soft. I have my best hair days with this gel!

 

Pacifica Super Green Detox Kale & Charcoal Detox Facial Mask, $4

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Self-care is super important, and that includes taking care of your skin. When I think about skin care, I don’t think of just washing and moisturizing my face, I think of facemasks, too! I picked up a kale and charcoal detox facial mask. The celebrity who loves this mask is actress and singer, Lea Michele. After trying this mask, my face felt lighter, smooth, and moisturized. I love how affordable this mask is. It’s also cruelty-free and uses a lot of ingredients that are good for your skin, such as Vitamin C and Green tea.

Let me know which celebrity staple you want to try!

Until next time,

Marisa

Tako Nose Pore Strip? – Trying Korean Skincare

My friend from work was nice enough to give everyone some skincare goodies from her recent trip to Korea. She gave me a 3 step nose pore strip and the whole process takes 45 minutes. I was so intrigued because I’ve never heard of anything like this before, all the pore strips we have here seem to just be one step.

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The first step is the ‘Heating Sheet’. It claims to “Open pores and macerate black head and sebum before absorption”. This feels like any other sheet mask, it is super soaked with serums and it just rests on the nose area for 15 minutes. Even though it’s called the heating sheet, it didn’t feel hot at all which was a little disappointing. You then wash off the serum, dry your nose, and get ready for the second step.

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Step two is when we extract all the gunk we just prepped. It looks and feels like any other pore strip (think of the Biore ones for example). You wet your nose and apply the dry strip and let it stand for 10 minutes, or until the strip has completely hardened on your nose. When you remove the strip, all of the blackheads and oil should come out with it. It definitely gets stuff out, however I didn’t really stand out from other strips I’ve tried. I feel like I got the same result from this as I did with one step strips.

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The third step is called the ‘Tightening Sheet’ and it claims to tighten pores, control sebum and put moisture back into your pores. This is the same consistency as the first step, it just feels like a classic sheet mask but this time you don’t wash off afterwards. I can say that it did bring moisture back into my skin, but also made it feel kind of oily. Truthfully I don’t feel that it was the best consistency for my skin type.

In the end, I don’t think I would recommend this product to anyone. I think it’s way too time consuming with very little payoff. For a 45 minute treatment I expected to be WOW’d, but sadly I was not…It pulled the same results as any other pore strip I’ve tried. It’s a cool concept but I just wish it did a little more! Either way, it’s always fun to try something new.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Maybe it will work out better for other skin types!

That’s all for now,

xoxo,

Sarah

Three Cruelty- Free Products I Use Every Day – By Marisa Chiorello

Hey beautiful souls!

My everyday makeup routine is pretty simple. I use liquid foundation, loose powder, bronzer, blush, mascara, and lip-gloss. Not only is my makeup routine pretty simple, but also, all the products I use are cruelty-free. Cruelty-free products are super important, and if you’ve thought about switching over, you totally should! I use cruelty-free products because I do not agree with animal testing. I hate the thought of animals being tortured or killed in order to create a product. This makes me sad! I also use cruelty-free products because they’re good for the planet! Cruelty-free means all good things! Here are three cruelty-free products I use every day. Hopefully you’ll want to try them, too.

Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear Perfection Foundation, $20.00.  I use Sephora’s brand for my liquid foundation in the shade of 25 Medium Beige (N). This shade is for light-medium skin with neutral undertones. I went to Sephora a few years ago and was matched by an employee. Now, this is the only liquid foundation I use! This foundation is the best because it really provides me with full coverage, and is very lightweight on my skin. It doesn’t clog my pores, and when I’m breaking out it covers my acne very well. Most importantly, this product isn’t tested on animals!

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette, $34.00.  I use Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette for my bronzer and blush. Sometimes I’ll use the highlighter, but I typically have a different palette for that. I love the Flushed palette because the bronzer matches my skin tone perfectly. It also blends really well! The blush is a deep mauve colour so it’s light and refreshing. It gives me a bit of color and shimmer on my cheeks without being too overpowering. When I use the bronzer and blush together I achieve a glowing look. But, what I really, really love about this palette is the fact that it is 100% cruelty-free!

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NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss, $5.00. I got this butter gloss in a pack with three different shades, Tres Leches, Feelin’ Jelly, and Swirlwind. I love these butter glosses so much and will switch them up depending on the color scheme of my outfits. They’re easy to apply and go on pretty smoothly. They also make my lips feel very soft, and give me a beautiful pop of color. They smell delicious, too! But, the best part of this lip-gloss is they’re all cruelty-free!

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Until next time,

Marisa

I Tried Arbonne Speak Volumes Mascara – By Marisa Chiorello

Hey beautiful souls!

Dedicated readers already know this, but I pride myself in being a bargain shopper.  I love drugstore makeup; I can find similar versions to the latest celebrity-clothing trend at shops such as H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, and Kohl’s; and I teach fashion and beauty lovers that you do not need to spend all of your money on clothing, makeup, and face treatments. However, there are times when I like to splurge on certain items, typically shoes and makeup. Recently, I decided to try Arbonne Speak Volumes Mascara, $30.00.

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Arbonne is known for their “green journey.” They’re a company that doesn’t put anything harmful into their beauty products, skin products, and health products. All of their products are pure, safe, vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Arbonne’s products show amazing results, too!  This intrigued me, so I decided to purchase a product.

Arbonne has individuals who assist in selling products; they’re called Independent Consultants. I happened to have a friend named Melissa who sells Arbonne. So, she helped me with all my purchasing needs! I decided to purchase the Speaks Volumes Mascara because I’m obsessed with mascara. When I do my makeup, I like my eyes and lips to stand out. Since I have sensitive eyes, I cannot use eyeliner, so mascara is the next best thing!

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This mascara pleasantly surprised me. My eyelashes can be pretty sparse, but the Speaks Volumes Mascara really added thickness, volume, and length to my lashes. At first, I just added one layer of the mascara for a natural look. However, when you add more than one layer, you really get a dramatic, defined, bold look! I loved it! My lashes never looked better! Just look at some results below:

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I also love how this mascara is infused with vitamins, it’s vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. So, you’re putting natural, safe, and pure products on your lashes. You’re helping them! This mascara is definitely worth the money, and I’ll definitely be purchasing more!

Let me know if you try Arbonne Speaks Volumes Mascara and if it transforms your eyes like it did mine!

Until next time,

Marisa

Korres Pomegranate Moisturizing & Balancing Cream-Gel

Since my boyfriend and I share skincare, we go through it like crazy! So it’s already time for us to buy a new moisturizer. We just finished ‘The Ordinary – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% Hydrating Cream’ and truthfully it wasn’t my fave. It didn’t sink into the skin very easily and felt greasy to me. I wanted to try something that was more geared towards oily skin.

I came across this one from Korres called the ‘Pomegranate Moisturizing & Balancing Cream-Gel’. This is specifically geared towards those with oily skin. It is considered a ‘gel-cream’ which is great because I prefer gel moisturizers over thicker creams, and this is somewhere in between which will be good for the winters when my skin gets a little more dry.

The packaging is adorable (it’s pink so I was immediately drawn to it 😛 ) and you get 1.35 fluid oz for $42.00 CAD.

Below is a pic of what the moisturizer actually looks like. It’s clearly thicker than other moisturizer’s I’ve tried (see my others posts here for more info: https://livelifeintheflorallane.com/2019/08/03/makeup-and-skincare-haul-reviews/

https://livelifeintheflorallane.com/2019/02/21/the-best-moisturizer-for-oily-skin/)

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It takes a bit longer to sink in than a straight up gel moisturizer, but it doesn’t take too long and it eventually dries feeling smooth and soft. It smells really good which is always a plus, I don’t like when my products smell medicinal or chemically.

This is my first time ever trying a product from Korres even though I’ve always heard really great things. So I’m pretty excited about this and I’m definitely going to review more Korres products in the future!

That’s it for now!

xoxo

Sarah

Gel Nails at Home – Bossy Double UV Lamp

I am SO excited about this next post because I think I’ve finally mastered the art of nails at home. A while ago I posted my different attempts trying professional nails on my own. I tried both acrylic nails (where you have the liquid and powder that you make into a mixture yourself) which is really hard and not worth the time in my opinion, and I also tried dipping powder, which was easy but the nails fell off in like 2 days. I’ll link that post here if you want to read more about those processes.

https://livelifeintheflorallane.com/2019/02/25/at-home-professional-nails/

Now here I am trying gel nails, and it’s by far the easiest method I’ve tried, when I initially thought it was going to be the opposite (idk why it always just seemed the hardest?). The process takes about 2.5h which is the same as if you were to go to a salon, but at home you can take pee and snack breaks and also breaks for puppy/kitty cuddles in between ;).

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I first start by buffing off the old shelac colour and grinding it down to a smooth base before I apply the layer of gel. I then take a square flat nail brush, dip it into the gel and apply it on like I would any nail colour. I start from the base where the cuticles are and put a thicker layer where it needs to be refilled, then drag the gel up the rest of the nail. It’s a really thick gel and it’s super easy to work with, and if you make a mistake you can wipe it up and fix it before it hardens when you put it in the UV lamp.

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Once the gel is done and hardened (I like to put it in the lamp for 2-3 round just to be extra safe) I switch up the head on my electric nail file so it’s not so harsh and we don’t buff off all the hard work we just did. I buff it down so it’s super smooth, file it to the shape I want it and now we’re ready to paint.

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This part is super easy, you take the UV gel base, put it in the machine, put on whatever shelac colour you want, put it in the machine, and then finally put on your top coat and, yup you guessed it, put it in the machine LOL.

And that’s pretty much it! They turned out super nice and they lasted for a good three weeks before they grew out and I had to do my next refill.

This is by far my new favourite method of nails and I will never be spending money in a nail salon ever again! You can get these supplies at any nail supply store, and I think my total ended up being around $250 for the entire kit (which comes with 6 polishes).

Here is a picture of the final product for the past two attempts.

That’s it for now, I hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

Sarah

Milk Makeup KUSH Growhouse™ Lash + Brow Serum Review

A few months ago I decided to stop getting lash extensions done all the time. This was mainly due to financial reasons not because I don’t love them 😛

But ever since I stopped, my lashes have have looked so short and stubby and something needed to be done. I’ve used lash serums in the past (I used to use the ‘Eye Envy’ brand) so I knew they worked but I wanted to try something new *and less expensive LOL. This serum is around $65.00 CAD give or take.

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Milk Makeup came out with their own version of a lash and brow growth serum called the ‘KUSH Growhouse™ Lash + Brow Serum’. It has cannabis extracts in it, so it’s definitely hopping on the cannabis train in terms of skincare (so many products these days say they use cannabis as a marketing strategy ever since it became legal). It’s unclear whether cannabis extracts actually do anything for your skin or if it’s just a marketing tool, but it still worked on me haha.

I’ve been using this serum for a little over a month now, both morning and night if I can remember. And I have to say that this shit WORKS! It’s a little on the thicker side in terms of consistency but it doesn’t burn my eyes like other lash serums have in the past! I’ve noticed a significant growth in just one month, and even my boyfriend has noticed without me having to say anything! So if a straight male has noticed the difference, clearly it’s working LOL.

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This stuff has saved my lashes and I really recommend it as a less expensive alternative to other lash serums, because it works just the same!

That’s all I have for now 🙂

xoxo

Sarah