Product Reviews

Hair today, blonde tomorrow

Hi everyone! For my first post after my extended break from blogging I wanted to share my most recent hair experiment…diy balayage/ombre highlights. Ooooohhhh I know it sounds scary, but since I’ve moved to a new town I have yet to find a salon or hairstylist nearby.

Alas, I resorted to the world of boxed hair colour. It can be really tricky picking out a box of hair dye. There are at least 400 boxes in one aisle, all with smiling women on the front, all of the women are staring at you…it’s intense. Before heading to the drugstore I did some research on at home highlighting kits. Lo and behold L’Oreal recently released a DIY Ombre kit.

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I chose 060 for medium brown hair. No tricks here. I just followed the directions provided in the kit. There are two sets of directions; one for a subtle effect and one for a dramatic ombre. I followed the directions for a dramatic ombre. The kit comes with a handy little comb that you use to paint the colour onto your hair. I painted the ends of my hair and also some strands around my face for a sun kissed effect. I then waited 15 minutes for the colour to develop. After 15 minutes I went back in with the comb and concentrated more colour on the very ends of my hair and near my face for some extra brightness.

Here is my hair before and after.

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I’m loving the results from this kit! It was easy to do and it didn’t break the bank. The highlights turned out to be a soft caramel colour which I think brightens up my complexion and gives me that sunny, vacation kind of look. Last but not least, my hair doesn’t feel dry or straw-like. I used the conditioning shampoo from the kit and some of my own Biolage conditioner and it feels just as healthy as before I coloured it. All in all I think this is a great little kit for those of you who want to experiment with ombre hair and at-home highlighting.

Here’s one last snap of my hair. What do you guys think!?
Would you ever try DIY highlights?

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fake and bake

A few days ago I tested out L’oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer.

Here’s what L’oreal states on their website about this self tanner:

Go from pale princess to luminous bronze goddess in an instant. With light-reflecting micro-particles, new Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer instantly illuminates your skin for a natural-looking, long-lasting bronze glow. Enriched with fast-action self tanners and Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant, this quick-drying lotion replenishes skin as your sunless tan develops. A beautifully radiant sun-kissed look, streak-free, sun-free. All with a new deliciously fresh summer scent. Now, summer never has to end.

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The good. This stuff is super easy to apply! It’s a bronze coloured gel that applies smoothly. It glides over the skin and you have enough time to really work it into the skin to ensure no streaks or blotches. It takes less that 10 minutes to completely absorb into your skin so you don’t have to stand around naked in your room for an hour before you can put your clothes on. This self tanner definitely delivers on colour. I ended up with a lovely glowing, bronze colour. No streaks, no blotches, and I did end up looking like I belonged on Jersey Shore.

The bad. This stuff is glitter-tastic! BEWARE! If you usually apply self tanner in the morning and let your tan develop throughout the day consider yourself warned. You will be covered in specks of glitter. I also didn’t think that this product did not “instantly illuminate” my skin. I looked sparkly, but there was no instant bronzy, glow. Lastly, it smells like a beachy, men’s cologne. It’s not a terrible scent but it definitely wasn’t a “deliciously fresh summer scent”.

The results. Here are some pictures I took after applying this product to my legs. I took the pictures 24 hours apart to really give this self-tanner enough time to develop.

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If your interested in a budget friendly self-tanner I would definitely recommend this one. I loved the results. I look like I’ve spent a few days in the sun without the damage of UV rays. I’ll be using this stuff all summer and probably during the fall and winter for special events.

What are some of your favourite self-tanning products or glow-boosting tips? Let me know in the comments!

cleanse and moisturize

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about two products that I have enjoyed using. These products were given to me by a friend, Jeanette Weeks…click on her name for more information about her! 🙂

The first product is the Mary Kay Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel. Say that three times fast…
On the Mary Kay website you will find this run down of the product:

  • Gently removes dirt, oil and complexion-dulling impurities.
  • Deep cleanses skin to penetrate and clear pores.
  • Helps reduce and control shine, leaving skin with a beautiful matte finish.
  • Helps maintain a clear complexion.
  • Does not strip skin of moisture.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh.
  • Rinses clean with no residue.

It’s also fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin.

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This cleanser gets it done! It’s a clear gel that foams into a nice lather. It doesn’t have any distinct smell as it is fragrance free, which I love! FRAGRANCE DOES NOT EQUAL SKINCARE!!! So thank-you Mary Kay for leaving irritating fragrances out of a cleanser designed for already irritated skin…applause! I find that this cleanser effectively removes excess oil and dirt from my skin. I have tested it by using a toner on a white cotton pad after cleansing. Nothing shows up on the cotton pad! Yay! After using this cleanser my skin feels clean and soft. I don’t feel dried out at all. The only claim that Mary Kay makes about this cleanser that I cannot vouch for is whether it reduces and controls shine. My skin will grease through the best mattifying products on the market. About 1 hour after washing my face I can see the oil start to seep through my pores, but that’s okay because I have always been this way.

The second product I want to talk about is from the same line. It’s the Clear Proof Oil Free Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin. What is with these hella-long names!? Aha! Anyways, here’s what Mary Kay says about this moisturizer:

  • Replenishes moisture to provide balanced hydration.
  • Is lightweight and quick-absorbing with no oily or greasy feel.
  • Does not clog pores.
  • Helps control excess oil, leaving skin with a beautiful matte finish.
  • Feels soothing to irritated skin.
  • Improves the appearance of skin’s tone.
  • Helps skin feel healthier, nourished and smooth.
  • Helps maintain skin’s moisture.

It also is non-comedogenic, suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

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I really like this moisturizer! It’s a gel-cream texture that feels absolutely amazing on my greasy face. I find that this moisturizer absorbs quite quickly and it doesn’t leave any sticky or oily-looking residue on my skin. I don’t think I have been using this product long enough to make a conclusive statement as to whether it has altered or improved the texture or appearance of my skin but after a few more weeks I’ll let you guys know. I have been rolling through different moisturizers for a while and none of them have really impressed me, but this one is definitely impressive. I will enjoy using every last drop of it!

Thanks for reading my review! If you’re interested in trying these products or any other Mary Kay products click here!

 

joe fresh liquid lipstick in baie savauge

 

Joe Fresh (the clothing/accessories/makeup line from Superstore) has recently released a line of liquid lipsticks for their spring/summer collection. Here’s to you Joe Fresh, you totally nailed it!

I picked up two shades Grapefruit and Baie Savauge…obviously I want to talk about Baie Savauge. This colour! Please appreciate it for a few minutes…
12224293536_6604989c5b_zI have been searching high and low for “Radiant Orchid” products, i.e. Pantone Colour of the Year for 2014. On Sephora’s website they have pages of suggestions. However, what about us poor people who don’t want to spend $32 on a lipstick that will no longer be “the colour of the year” come 2015? Enter Joe Fresh liquid lipstick in Baie Savauge. The punchier, more vibrant, budget friendly, Radiant Orchid lipstick.

Apart from the amazing colour, this product has an excellent formulation. It goes on creamy and smooth, sets to a semi-matte finish, and wears beautifully for 5+ hours. What more can you ask for in an $8 drugstore lipstick?

As you can see from the swatch, this stuff has amaze-tastic pigmentation.

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You only need the tiniest amount to give yourself covetable colour. For those that don’t want a full on power pout, apply and blot! You will be left with the most beautiful orchid stained lips. This liquid lipstick also makes a beautiful cheek stain. But be careful when you apply! Through my rigorous experimentation I have decided the best way to apply this product as a cheek stain is to dot some on the back of your hand and then pick up a tiny amount on a small duo fibre brush like this one. Blot the brush once or twice to remove excess product and then blend whats left onto the apples of your cheeks. Then admire your fresh flush in the mirror. As a cheek stain this product looks very similar to Benefits Lolitint. You are welcome!

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As a bonus, the blue undertones of this colour will also create a whitening effect on your teeth! It just keeps getting better! and I just can’t get enough!

What are your “Radiant Orchid” beauty product picks? Please leave a comment so we can talk beauty!

 

 

 

Arbonne Intelligence Genius Review

I discovered Arbonne through a friend of mine. She and I have had similar skin issues and she swears that this is the miracle product that saved her skin. Obviously my interest was piqued. I needed to see if this was worth the hype.

Arbonne states that their Intelligence Genius is the perfect addition to your nighttime skincare routine.

The proprietary solution and resurfacing pads work together to reduce the look of dark spots and fine lines for smooth, even-toned, beautiful skin. It’s the perfect addition to your nightly skincare regimen.

They also make the claim that:

In just 2 weeks, 100% of study participants showed Genius improved the appearance of skin moisture, firmness and elasticity.

Arbonne Intelligence Genius contains 3 different types of retinoids as the active ingredient.

I’ve tested this product out for over a month now, and I feel I can give an unbiased review based on my results.

Here is what that little magic potion looks like…
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If you have read my previous skin update you already know that I love this product…But now I get to tell you why I love, what would make it better and why some people might pass on the product.

The good. This product works. ‘nough said. After 30 days of using this product I agree 100% with the claims made by Arbonne. The hyperpigmentation left behind from my acne has started to fade, my skin feels moisturized, I have less redness. The combination of this product and my Clarisonic Mia 2 has increased my skin’s ability to absorb moisturizer and treatment products. The only thing that I can’t really lay claim to are those that pertain to  increased firmness or elasticity. I am still quite young so I don’t have a problem with either of those at this point.

The bad. Arbonne products can be a bit on the expensive side. This product rings in at $110. For some women with minor skin flaws it might not be worth it to spend this much money on a skincare product. However for women with acne or significant skin problems $110 on a product that works is completely worth it. I know that I have spent 10 times that amount on products that didn’t work. Also, women with sensitive skin might find this product quite strong on their skin. Retinol, or retinoids, can irritate the skin if they are used without due care. Those with sensitive skin may only want to use this product two or three times a week as opposed to those with oily skin types who could use this product every night.

The final verdict. I think this product is totally worth it. It has worked for me over the past 30 days and I can’t wait to see what my results are going to be over the next 30 days.

If your interested in trying Arbonne’s Intelligence Genius or any Arbonne products here is the link. 
Thanks for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! Please leave a comment below. xo
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Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

The Clarisonic Mia 2 revolutionizes skin care via facial sonic cleansing. Woah! Science!

The Clarisonic website states:

Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.

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This baby rings in at approx $180CAD. For that pretty penny you get a sonic cleansing device that has two  speeds (universal and delicate), a one minute timer that pulses to let you know to switch areas on your face, an extra brush head (and the option of buying different types of brush heads), and a two year warranty. So the question remains…is it worth it?

I’ve been using my Mia 2 for over 30 days now so I feel as though I can offer a well rounded review without any “honeymoon state” bias.

The good. The Mia 2 is easy to use and only takes 1 minute of your time. It cleanses your skin like crazy good! I usually use an oil cleanser to take off any makeup first and then I apply a gentle, soap free cleanser to my face. Then I use the Mia 2 and go over my whole face for 1 minute. After I use it my skin feels amazing. My face feels so clean and so smooth. I feel like it really does live up to it’s claims, my moisturizer and targeted treatments really feel as though they are sinking in to my skin after using the Mia 2. My other skin care products no longer “sit” on top of my skin anymore.

The bad. This sucker is expensive. It’s about $180CAD for the Mia 2. There is a cheaper option but it doesn’t have the handy timer that tells you when to move it to a new part of your face. I have put off buying the Mia 2 for over a year because of the price. It’s hard to spend $180CAD on one item to cleanse your face. I know a lot of people would feel a bit guilty about spending this much money.

The final verdict. The Clarisonic Mia 2 is worth it for me. I love it. I am in love with it. It has changed my skin completely. However, this product is not for everyone. If you have dry, sensitive skin this might be overwhelming for your complexion. But if you’re like me and you have problematic skin in any way, shape or form I would encourage you to check this bad boy out. Your skin will thank you.

Do you have any experience with the Clarisonic or other skin cleansing brushes? Let me know in the comments! 

it’s covered

Recently I tested out Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup. Clinique states that this liquid foundation offers sheer to medium coverage. This is what they say on their website:

“Tested for streaking and fading at 88°F with a constant 80% humidity, all to prove Stay-Matte stays fresh. At the same time, this patent-pending formula absorbs shine, controls oil, resists sweat. And you stay matte all day.”

This is what it looks like

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So does it live up to it’s claims?

Before I show you pictures of my face, I just want to warn you…I have oily skin and adult acne. I’ll be doing a post about acne in the future. For now, here’s my face in all it’s imperfect glory. IMG_0631

This foundation has it’s work cut out for it.

I started with a thin layer of Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment. Then I buffed on one layer of the foundation with this brush, one of my favourites! As you can see, the foundation provides medium coverage. Most of the redness is covered but the dark spots and scars are still peeking through.

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Here, I patted a second layer of foundation over the problems areas only. I did not use any concealer in this photo. Can you believe this coverage!? Adding the second layer provided me with almost full coverage. The foundation layered well; it didn’t cake up or ball up. In person it’s evident that I’m wearing foundation, but it doesn’t look like it’s caked on at all.

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My final thoughts

The good: This is a great foundation. It goes on smoothly and offers medium coverage that is buildable. I love that I don’t need to have a concealer on hand when using this foundation because a second layer acts as a concealer. This foundation wears beautifully throughout the day. It mattifies well. No foundation has ever kept me matte for over 3 hours, this one fared well for at least 5 hours. After the 5 hour mark I did blot my face with an oil blotting sheet, but I didn’t have to add any powder. I wore this foundation for a total of 9 hours and at the end of the day it still looked great.

The bad: This foundation settled into the fine lines around my eyes and around my mouth after about 4 hours but it is easily blended back into place with either my fingers or a brush.

Overall: I would recommend this foundation to anyone who is struggling to find makeup for oily skin. This foundation lived up to it’s claims and provided beautiful, even coverage on my spotted up face.

For anyone interested here is the final look with the Clinique Stay Matte foundation

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Products used:
Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment
Clinique Stay Matte Oil Free Makeup
Benefit Fake Up Concealer
Elf Studio High Definition Powder
MAC Mineral Blush in Gentle
Elf Studio Brow Kit in Medium
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Tarte Amazonian Clay NaturalEYES Natural Eye Pallette
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash in Very Black
Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Menace

Lastly, here’s a before and after shot

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Thanks for checkin in with me! Do you prefer mattifying or luminizing foundations? Comment below!