Category: beauty

Covergirl Clump Crusher #ECBeautyBox

I recently received a fabulous Beauty Box from Elle Canada full of goodies! They were Elle Canada’s Fall 2013 Must Haves!
I was curious about Covergirl’s Clump Crusher as I am a loyal fan of their Lash Blast. I am one of those individuals that as soon as I find a makeup product that works I am hooked! There is just no going back for me – I get stuck in my comfort zone and that is how I feel about my Last Blast.
What struck me about their Clump Crusher mascara was that the tip is actually curved as if to follow the natural curve of your eyelash and to encourage the lengthening of each individual lash. I also found that the tips on the bristle seemed to be more pronounced which really helped separate each lash and prevent any of them from clumping. It took me a while to figure out to handle the wand properly!

What I was really interested in seeing was how these two mascaras would add up against each other so I put them to the test! For one week I tried the Clump Crusher with my two favourite work looks – natural with eyeliner and again with eyeshadow. I wanted to compare the comfort level of each mascara, it’s ability to lengthen my eyelashes, clumping of the mascara and just the overall look.

So how did they stack up?

Here is my almost daily look – eyeliner with mascara (it is so hard to get myself ready in the morning along with two children!). This look was with the Clump Crusher.

Here is how the Clump Crusher mascara looked like with eyeshadow to also help enhance the eyes.

So which one did I prefer?
I did like the fact that the Covergirl Clump Crusher stuck to its promise of delivering beautifully separated lashes BUT I still preferred the lengthening aspect of my Covergirl Lash Blast! I find the Covergirl Last Blast provides the best overall look providing long, volumized lashes with minimal clumps.
Have you tried either Covergirl products before? What is your preferred mascara?
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La Roche-Posay: Cicaplast Balm B5 #review

I was given an opportunity to try out La Roche-Posay new product Cicaplast Balm B5. I was pretty excited to try this product out as I suffer greatly from dry and cracked skin especially on my heels and elbows (not to mention the eczema all over!).

Cicaplast Balm B5 is designed to speed up the recovery of the skin from irritations, cuts and cracks. It can be used all over the body – even your lips! I loved the fact that it was paraben free, fragrance free and lanolin free. It is safe enough to use on infants and children. The perfect family product! No more buying different creams for different family members.
I can not believe I am even showing this awful picture of my heel but this was my before photo:

Awful isn’t it? I am cringing as I am uploading and looking at this awful picture! I suffer with cracked heels all through out the summer made worse by the love of my sandals that have little to no support.
I used the balm for just under two weeks, applying daily. I was really impressed with the rich texture of the cream and its quick absorption. You only need a small amount and it feels as though it creates a protective barrier over top of the skin. I could feel the difference in my heels within four days. Not only did they feel softer but the cracks were healing (which was a first!) and no more sandpaper sounding feet rubbing at night (my husband was grateful – he could not stand the noise!).
Here is a look at my heel now:

Pretty neat, eh?! I will definitely be purchasing this in the future!
Disclosure: I received a trial product at no cost but the opinions expressed are my own.
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Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cleanser

 Recently I had received a bottle of Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration cleanser to review via BzzAgent along with their night cream. Burt’s Bees is an incredible company that started in Maine in 1984 selling candles made from beeswax. By 1991, they had expanded to include natural soaps, perfumes and lip balm!. Since then the company has continued to expand but continues to stay true to its original vision of creating natural and earth friendly products. Over half of their 150+ products are all natural! All products contain natural colours and are phthalate-free. The packaging of the products is made from all recycled products. You can find out more about their natural products here:

Burt’s Bees Intense hydration line is 99% natural and one of the ingredients is Clary Sage. A plant that is found in the Northern Mediterranean, North Africa and Central Asia. The plant has been used for a lengthy time in medicinal herb and as an essential oil. Clary Sage is excellent for helping to retain moisture.

The cleanser has a mild smell and has a thicker texture (my husband confused it for lotion!). I have been using it daily for the past two weeks and it is quite effective at removing makeup and oil. It also did not leave my skin with a tight feeling after washing and pat drying my face.
The product has been dermatology tested and worked well on my eczema prone skin. The product sells for roughly $12.99 and is sold nation wide at Walmart and Shopper’s Drug Mart.
Here is a link to find out more on the product line:
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Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration

I recently was sent a package through BzzAgent to try out and review Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration night cream. I was really anticipating receiving this package as I have heard such positive feedback from co-workers with regards to their creams but have never tried them myself.
I suffer from highly sensitive and eczema prone skin so I am very careful about what I put on my skin and put a lot of research into purchasing and trying out new products (I have had quite a few negative experiences in the past with huge red blotchy skin patches!!).
I was happy to learn that the night cream is 99% natural, dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic. One of the main ingredients is derived from the plant Clary Sage. Clary sage is native to the Northern Mediterranean and some parts of Northern Africa and Central Asia. Clary sage has a long history of being used in medicine.
The night cream works to replenish moisture lost during the day while you sleep. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
When I first tried out the product I did not realize that it would be so thick so I ended up putting on much more than what was needed. I loved the fact that it was non greasy so it absorbed quickly and did not leave my skin shiny. My husband actually commented and asked why I was wearing make up to bed as he thought I put on foundation! Made me feel good that’s for sure!.
Every morning when I woke up I loved how soft my skin felt in the morning (truth be told I could not stop rubbing my cheeks with my hands!!).
The product runs around $29.99 and is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart nationwide. While the price may seem high it is completely worth it. The amount that is needed daily is actually quite small so the product lasts longer than other products that are cheaper but you need to use more to get the same desired effects.
I would 100% recommend this product to anyone out that suffers from chronically dry skin and perfect for individuals that suffer with sensitive skin. That said, I still do have some trouble with my skin so my friend recently recommended me to visit the best dermatologist she knew to try and sort my skin out for good.
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Mela-D Serum Review

I recently won a bottle of Mela-D Serum from La Roche-Posay from their Twitter giveaway. I was super excited to try it out! Having just had my youngest son about a year ago and the various hormonal changes that go along with that as well as PCOS, my skin has suffered greatly in certain areas. I have developed darker spots along my jaw line and cheeks which I try to cover up as much as possible.
Before I began to use the product I looked up some info on it. Mela-D serum is hydroquinone free! Which is great as it has been banned in many countries as it can not be ruled out as a possible carcinogen. What it does contain is: Kojic acid, Glycolic acid and Thermal dermobiotic (info from the La Roche-Posay website). Kojic acid is derived from fungi and helps in reducing the look of dark spots. Glycolic acid is an exfoliating agent helping to remove the dark skin cells.
When I received the serum it also came with a dropper (I have never used a serum before so this was all new and pretty cool to me!). I test tried it over a period of two days on the skin around my elbow as I have olive skin that is pretty sensitive and tends to react easily. I had no reaction so was excited to try it out on my jaw line and cheeks.  I found the serum itself to be non oily and thick enough that you can put a small amount on your fingertip and it will not roll off. It has a mild to moderate strength smell that is not unpleasant. It did not irritate or make my skin tingle when I put it on. The product comes with instructions to use at night, after cleansing and moisturising your face.
I used the serum for just over two weeks (I am still currently using it) and have noticed a slight improvement of the uneven skin tone and darker spots around my jaw and cheek areas. I am going to continue to use it for an additional three months as I am impressed with the slight improvements that have occurred and would like to continue to see these improvements! I would recommend this product to anyone with mild to moderate uneven skin tone and dark spots (as that is how my skin is currently) and also to olive toned and sensitive skin individuals (as with all new products test try on a patch area away from you face!). And as the product recommends always use sunscreen during the day as your skin can become sensitive during usage.
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