Product Empties! Would I Repurchase?

Hello!

I have a new collection of product empties to share with you. We have a bit of skincare and beauty, the best of both worlds. The post is on the new blog. Please go give it a read, feel free to subscribe while you’re there.

See you over there!

Post is here!

Meghan. xo

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Brand Focus: First Aid Beauty

There is a new Brand Focus up on  www.thewannabesblog.com . It talks about a whole bunch of products from the blue range all with mini reviews!

Please go and check it out, and while you are there please subscribe via email to receive notifications when we put out a new post!

Post is here !

Happy reading!

Meghan. xo

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Drugstore Battle: Dry Shampoos

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and an even better start to your week. Today I am starting a new series called Drugstore Battles. The first set of products that we are going to be battling are Dry Shampoos.

  1. TRESemme Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo. ($5.99) This was the very first range of dry shampoos that I tried quite a few years ago… mostly because it was the only one around. When I first used this I thought it was awesome. Using it now, I’m a tad less impressed.

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My rating scale is as follows:

Does it soak up oil? Some.

Does it give some volume? A little.

Does it smell ok? Smells like regular dry shampoo.

Does it leave the hair feeling gross and chalky? Yes.

Overall this one for me is like a 6/10, it does what it is supposed to do but it has no extras that wow me. It’s very basic and if it’s all you can get your hands on then it is still a much needed product in anyone’s hair care collection.

2. Batiste “Big & Bouncy XXL Volume” Dry Shampoo ($8.99)

This was the second dry shampoo that I tried and contemplated trying for a very long time. I had heard from everyone and their mother that this was the best on the market and for that reason it was always sold out. Then I finally got my hands on some, and now its a must have for me. 13390831_10209571538065546_328485038_n

Does it soak up oil? YES. You can be as greasy as a stick of butter and this will make you look like you have just showered minutes before you left the house.

Does it give some volume? Lots.

Does it smell ok? Little bit of a fruity smell, which is nice.

Does it leave the hair feeling gross and chalky? Yes, very. Your hair is very stiff after using this, and it almost feels like you’re sticking your hands in a bowl of flour.

Overall I’m going to give this an 8/10. I could live without the super chalky feeling but on days where I feel like a total grease ball nothing else compares to this product. And in my opinion you buy dry shampoo to help out the oil control, so that’s exactly what this does.

3. COLAB Sheer+Invisible Dry Shampoo “London Classic Fragrance” ($5.25)

I feel like this brand is very big in the beauty world right now, and it also not very easy to find if you live in Canada. Emma actually picked this up on her New York trip, and we were both super excited to try it. One thing we love is how many different scents you have to choose from, and the super cute packaging.

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Does it soak up oil? Yes but it probably soaks up the least out of the three.

Does it give some volume? Yes. I feel like this is targeted as more of a volume spray than an actual oil absorber.

Does it smell ok? They have so many beautiful scents, they’re almost like a perfume for your hair which is awesome on days where you didn’t have time to wash your hair.

Does it leave the hair feeling gross and chalky? No not at all. This leaves almost no trace of product in the hair, which is totally awesome for everyday use.

Overall this gets a 7/10 from me. I love this for adding volume and texture to second day and sometimes even freshly washed hair. It works great for styling because it offers some grip to the hair without leaving a white chalky look or feel. It doesn’t soak up as much oil as I would like, so that is why I have given it a 7. I haven’t tried the other versions of this, so maybe they have some that soak up more oil. If you’ve tried it please let me know in the comments!

All of these products are great in their own right and they do serve individual purposes. I hope this set of mini reviews helped you in making your own dry shampoo selections!

Thank you for reading, please remember to subscribe, and I will talk to you very soon!

Meghan. xo

FYI: I bought these products myself and all opinions are my own. xo 

Products Mentioned: 

TRESemme Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6481624

Batiste “Big & Bouncy XXL Volume” Dry Shampoo: http://www.batistehair.co.uk/oomph-it

COLAB Sheer+Invisible “London Classic Fragrance” Dry Shampoo: http://row.feelunique.com/p/COLAB-Dry-Shampoo-London-200ml

Drugstore Battle: Dry Shampoos

Meghan’s Empties #1: Would I Repurchase?

Hello everyone!

I thought I would give you a quick glimpse into my little empties bucket and tell you how I felt about each of the products that I have recently finished… cause I mean who doesn’t love some empties?

I’m not going to ramble so let’s just get started!

#1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer for Dark Circles (Yellow shade) 

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To be very honest this is my probably my third or maybe even fourth now bottle of this concealer. I love it. It’s affordable, its thick, it covers my dark circles, and for me it doesn’t crease. If i’m in a pinch for time I will even put this on most of my face and pass it off as a foundation because it covers so well! I tend to go back and forth between the yellow shade and the salmon shade and I can never quite decide which one is my favourite. Overall if you’re looking for a good concealer that won’t break your bank, this is the one my friends. Definitely will repurchase! 

#2. Nivea Double Effect Anti-Perspirant/ Deodorant (Violet Senses Scent)

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When I bought this deodorant I was a little nervous because I don’t usually have the best luck with Nivea products. The exception to this is the in shower body lotion, a post/ review on that product can be found here!  

After using this I actually really enjoyed it. It smelt amazing, my underarms felt significantly smoother, and I never got that stiff feeling when applying it. It seemed to just go over my skin like butter. As for sweat control I found for my day to day life it held up pretty well.

I have since repurchased a different variation of this deodorant and it was a bit of a fail… a post about this will come soon. As for my recommendation… the purple Violet Senses one worked great, but I think for the product in general i’m going to have to say it’s a no bueno from me. 

#3. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla 

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This is a cult classic, this concealer is phenomenal. It is brightening, thick, covers every mark on my face, works great under the eyes, and comes in TONS of colours. It’s also very expensive. If you are in a place where you can afford the splurge then I would highly recommend it. I have since repurchased, and I will continue to repurchase in the future!

#4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect Waterproof Mascara 

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This is a bit of a tricky review for me because I have two opinions. For the non- waterproof formula of this mascara I have nothing but nice things to say. It is what I use everyday and I adore it. For this waterproof version, I absolutely HATED it. This version of the mascara made my lashes look small and clumpy, it was really hard to put on, and nearly impossible to take off. In order to get this off of my eyelashes I would have to MELT it off with a hot cloth for several minutes before going in with any kind of makeup remover. Like not even Bioderma can get this stuff off people.

If you want to try this mascara (because it’s drugstore and really nice in general) please go with the regular formula, it doesn’t smudge on me at all and it comes off pretty easy at the end of the day. And it makes your lashes look super long (not much on the volume front though) unlike the waterproof one which just turns them into a hot fricking mess. Waterproof= big pass from me. 

#5. L’Oreal Infallible Pro- Matte Foundation 

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I’m not going to ramble on too much here because I have a full review of this product in this post here! In general this foundation did stay super matte, it controlled my oils, and it didn’t feel too heavy on the face. I didn’t like the fact that it oxidized like crazy on me, and it didn’t come in many shades. I found it to look a little cakey but to be fair I never applied it with a sponge (so that could change on application).

I don’t think this foundation is bad, but I don’t think I would repurchase. 

#6. Life Brand 3 in 1 Cleansing Cloths for all skin types (Makeup Wipes)

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These makeup wipes used to be my holy grail wipes for a long time. I like them because they take a lot of makeup off and they do so pretty easily. The cons for me are the fact that they do sting my eyes a little and they tend to be a little drying. They come in massive packs for not much money, so that’s a huge plus.

Now that I’ve used the Simple Micellar Wipes (post here!) I don’t think I will be repurchasing the Life Brand ones unless I’m in a pinch.

I hope this post helped you a little bit and gave you some insight to my thoughts on some cult classic products, and maybe some new ones as well!

Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve tried these products with your thoughts, I would love to read them. Also leave any suggestions of what you would like to see upcoming on the blog, I’m always open to ideas!

Have a wonderful day or evening and I will talk to you soon!

Meghan. xo

FYI: I purchased all of these products and all opinions are my own. xo 

Products Mentioned: 

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Water Wipes: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Simple-Micellar-Make-Up-Remover-Wipes-25-count/45651071

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: http://www.sephora.com/radiant-creamy-concealer-P377873?keyword=NARS%20Radiant%20Creamy%20Concealer%20P377873&skuId=1478361&country_switch=ca&_requestid=267406

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: http://www.maybelline.ca/products/eye-makeup/mascara/lash-sensational-washable-mascara.aspx

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation: http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/loral-paris-infaillible-matte-classic-ivory-concealer-caramel-beige/6000189234930

Nivea Double Effect Deodorant: http://www.armyandnavy.ca/Nivea-Double-Effect-Deodorant-Antiperspirant_p_8581.html

Life 3 in 1 Cleansing Cloths: http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/beauty/skin-care/scrubs-and-masks/details/057800896722

Meghan’s Empties #1: Would I Repurchase?

Makeup To Defeat Oily Skin

The battle of trying to have a great makeup day while feeling like I could cook a pancake with the amount of oil on my face has been long and to be quite frank, exhausting. It seemed impossible for me to be able to find a makeup look that controlled my oily skin –without looking like a mask.

I have been searching high and low for makeup products that met all of my requirements. These requirements for the products are as follows:

  1. Stay Matte
  2. Be long wearing 
  3. Still look like skin 
  4. Not cause breakouts to my acne prone skin 

After many a trial and error I have finally managed to round up a wonderful team of makeup savers to share with you.

Drumroll please…

First off we have the base, which is also known as our primer. The primer that I have used for almost a year now, and swear by, is the Becca Ever- Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. I purchased this product myself in Sephora for (44$) for 1.35Fl.Oz. 

This primer is best applied with your fingers, and it has a gel like consistency. I use a small amount and wipe it all over my face. I let the product dry and sit on my face for around 30 seconds then I continue my foundation routine.

If you are a person who suffers from extremely oily skin this will be your best friend. As soon as the primer is applied you can barely even move your hands over your face. It is so super matte that you will not be able to see oil on your face throughout the whole day. When I wear this primer I have never had to touch up with powder. Another plus to this primer? It doesn’t affect the way the rest of your makeup goes onto the skin. You will barely even notice it’s there- but it will still keep all of your oil in check.

The second step is a good matte foundation. I have tried multiple matte foundations in my time and I think the best one I have found is the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Wear Foundation. The foundation can be found in most drug stores and it retails from around (12-16$) for 1.0 Fl.oz. depending on where you are shopping.

I liked this foundation because it did exactly what the label said. It was super matte, and it lasted a long time. I didn’t find that it broke out my skin, it had a pleasant smell and it applied nicely with my buffing brushes and beauty blender.

However, I will say that I did find the foundation didn’t have a lot of shade choices when I made the purchase. The shade I have is too light for me so I almost always have to bronze when applying. Another problem is the oxidization. I found that when I got closer to the end of the product it started to go slightly orange on my face. That being said, I have a very severe red undertone, so it’s possible that it could be my skin poking through, but I did still notice the slight colour change.

To set my foundation I do my third step, which is my holy grail Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder. This powder comes in six shades, but I personally choose the translucent shade every time I purchase. The powder itself is from the drugstore as well and usually retails from (8-9$) for 0.49 oz.

This powder is fantastic. It helps control your shine, it does not cake up on the face, it keeps my concealer from creasing, and it is very long wearing. At the end of the day, powder is just powder, and there’s not that much to say about it- but I will tell you that this one is fantastic- for not a lot of money.

My last step to control oil is a setting spray. The one that I use is the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray for Oil Control. This spray is (38$) for 4.0 Fl.oz from Sephora and a few other makeup specific stores. This may seem like a bit of a hefty price tag for something you spray on your face but keep in mind that you do get a lot of product here. I bought this spray over a year and a half ago and I still haven’t even been through half of it!

I like this spray because it is a very fine mist, it doesn’t squirt at your face aggressively. Also, it has a nice smell, it dries quickly, does not ruin your face of makeup, and it keeps your face matte for a very, very long time. When I do my makeup and forget to use the spray I will notice some oil peeking through where I usually woulnd’t, so that must mean something, right?

Another spray that I know a lot of people like is from the L’Oreal Infallible collection, like the foundation mentioned above. I believe it has a much lower price tag as it is a drugstore product but I personally prefer the Urban Decay option for myself.

Using all of these products together has changed my makeup game substantially. I no longer feel like a grease ball just walking around the mall and my foundation stays in place. I have not broken out from any of the products mentioned above and for all of these reasons, I highly recommend them to anyone in the market for some oil control.

I hope this helped my fellow oil sufferers out there, if you have any other suggestions for me please feel free to leave them in the comments for others to see! I will leave some links to the products mentioned below.

Products Mentioned:

Setting Spray: http://www.sephora.com/de-slick-oil-control-makeup-setting-spray-P277222?skuId=1458181

Primer: http://www.sephora.com/ever-matte-poreless-priming-perfector-P378017?keyword=becca%20matte%20primer&skuId=1495209&country_switch=ca&_requestid=151908

Powder: http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/rimmel-london-stay-matte-pressed-powder-natural/6000074498509

Foundation: http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/loral-paris-infaillible-matte-classic-ivory-concealer-caramel-beige/6000189234930

FYI: I have purchased all these products myself, and all opinions are my own! 

Have a wonderful day and I’ll talk to you soon.

Big loves,

meghan. x

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Makeup To Defeat Oily Skin