I’m a city girl, most decidedly. I wish it hadn’t taken me 31 years to figure that out, but better late than never I suppose. There are a lot of things I love about city life: access to great food, great shopping, endless cute neighborhoods to discover, and things like Menchies and Krispy Kreme. I had a Krispy Kreme donut today and I swooned. It was so delicious.
Anyway, I’m not here to talk about donuts (though I certainly could wax lyrical)! I’m here to tell you about my latest, non-gastric obsession, Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream.
So you know when you’re drinking a fizzy pop, like 7 Up or something, and just before you sip it tickles your nose with bubbles? That’s what this stuff is like except that it’s in a scent. It sparkles. It’s one of the most unusual product scents I’ve ever come across. I love it but I could definitely see some people hating it. I just think it’s light, fresh, and yum.
As for the lotion itself, the consistency is totally dreamy. It’s so light; it has a whipped kind of texture. It’s not heavy or thick like a typical body butter. It absorbs quickly and leaves the skin lightly scented. Also, the tub is huge. It’s going to last for ages. There is 300 ml of product. I’m really loving this; I’ve been carrying it around with me everywhere!
So far I’ve only seen this line at Shopper’s but I’ll be sure to let you know if it pops up anywhere else.
Have you tried Soap and Glory?
Oh hello there. It’s been a while mais oui? My apologies my pets. There has been been some stuff going on, including my beloved cat falling out of my living room window and landing on the pavement three stories down (you can’t make this stuff up). He’s fine but it was upsetting for both of us.
Anyway, I’m back and, if not badder then ever, certainly badder than I was at the beginning of the week!
The blogging world was blowing up (yeah I am definitely cool enough to use that phrase) about Seche Vite awhile ago. It’s a top coat. Shut the front door. I know, I know – kind of boring, but trust me this is something you want to hear about!
Sorry about the poor photo. Turns out a clear bottle is a bit tricky to photograph. I never used to paint my nails because I thought it was a hassle. I do it now about once a week because my nails have turned yellow I really enjoy it. I always mess it up though. You know how it is; you get your nails looking utterly fab and then the phone rings, or the cat jumps on your lap or you find a Cheeto under the couch (never happened). Well no more, Seche Vite claims to be a fast dry top coat and it is. Ludicrously fast. My nails are dry to the touch in about 5 minutes. It’s a little unnerving actually.
It also leaves your nails super shiny. I caused a bit of a fender bender the other day when I waved at everyone in the intersection like the queen. Well, not really but I could. I won’t say that my polish seems to last all the much longer when I use it, but I still think this is a really great top coat.
I picked up this little gem at London Drugs for about $12 (don’t quote me on that) and it’s worth every penny.
Go out and grab a bottle. Right meow. You won’t regret it!
Are you a nail polish junkie?
So you guys have probably noticed that my love affair with the Body Shop has been going through a bit of a renaissance lately. I just think that they have great products at completely reasonable prices. I’ve been branching out in what I buy there, in the past I’ve just stuck to body wash and lotion, and I’ve been very pleased.
Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about cleansing balms on different blogs and on YouTube. In particuar, the Emma Hardie cleansing balm has been getting a lot of attention. It sounds divine but I just can’t stomach spending $56 or more on a cleanser. Seems a little cray, oui? Enter The Body Shop. They do a cleansing butter (same thing my pets) at a regular girl price point! The Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is about $16 and is just divine.
I got mine for 50% off! Anyway, it’s a solid in the pan but as you work it into your face it melts into a lovely, indulgent oil. It melts off make-up in moments and rinses off easily leaving your skin squeaky clean and moisturized. I really enjoy using this product. I take it off with a warm face cloth and it’s lovely; almost as nice as a hot bath. It’s also very gentle. I massage it right into my eyelids and it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.
As you can see, I’ve already used it a lot! I think this cleansing butter is destined to become a staple in my skin care routine.
How do you take your make-up off?
I’ve had a revelation my little cabbages. I think it’s a game changer. I base about 80% of my product purchases on scent. That conditioner that smells like pineapple? Obviously! The lotion that is so citrusy and delicious that you can barely stop yourself from eating it? Of course! So my realization is this: life would be much easier if decisions were scented. That first apartment you looked at smells of vanilla, it’s a go! That top that has those weird ruffles smells like cabbage, better pass. Those blue shoes smell like cherries, but the black ones remind you of popcorn, both obviously (when it’s shoes the answer is always both)! I really think I’m on to something, scented choices make all of life’s decisions so much easier! My last boyfriend smelled of sour milk. I should have known.
Anyway, I’m here to talk about a product that not only smells delicious, but is also effective! Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. The ingredient list on the tube reads like a fruit salad and the scent is amazing. To me it smells like fresh peaches. Divine.
I mentioned in my last post that I’ve been feeling a bit dry as of late. My poor face has been tight and a little painful to the touch. I’ve read a number of rave reviews of the Drink Up Intensive mask and so I bought it in the hopes that it would be part of the solution to my dry skin woes. I’m not disapointed friends. I’ve used it four times now and woken up each morning with vevelty soft cheeks that would put a fluffy kitty to shame. Overall my face feels smoother, softer, and much less tight. In combination with an exfoliant and a good cleanse, this mask is a total win. I love that it’s an overnight mask as well. The fact that I don’t have to wash it off after 5 minutes means that I’ll actually use it! Fab.
How are you dealing with dry winter skin?
In other news, I have another idea for a series so keep an eye out for that coming up sometime soon!
Lately I’ve been looney for lip balms (yes, I am pretty nerdy… in a cool way). I don’t know what it is but my skin, hair, and lips feel completely parched right now. Parched my darlings. Maybe it’s the season or maybe it’s that I’m almost 35 .
*hyperventilates into a paper bag*
Ahem. Obviously I’m cool with that.
So anyway, what was I talking about? Right, lip balm. I finally picked up one of the eos lip balms the other day. Everyone was hysterical over these a few years ago, but I’ve always been more of a gloss girl. Well. I’ve been schooled. I chose the scent Strawberry Sorbet and it
tastes smells good. I have this incredibly strong urge to bite it in half and chew on it.
It’s very hydrating without being waxy, which is something I often find with lip balms. It’s quite thick, but not in an uncomfortable way. What I’ve been doing is using a stain and then slicking the eos on top of it.
My favourite thing about this product though is that it’s so satisfying to hold (just when you thought I couldn’t get any weirder). It sounds totally strange but it’s true. It fits perfectly in my hand and it’s just so round and satisfying. It’s like one of those stress release things that you hold in your hand, or the Harmony Balls that were so popular in the 80s or 90s. If I manage to avoid eating it, I’ll definitely be grabbing it on my way to any stressy meetings or dentist appointments.
For about $3 I think it’s totally worth picking one of these up if you’re feeling a little dry.
eaten tried any of the eos lip balms?
I haven’t talked about many hair products. I just think they’re not the most exciting thing to blog about. That said, I have kind of difficult hair and I do use a lot of different styling products. My goal is always to have shiny, soft, and well defined curls. Occasionally though, I want to achieve something a bit different.
In the summer, especially on beach days, I often reach for my Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Beach Texturiser.
This is a really cool product. On the back of the bottle they explain it as “a messy beach look that defines long and fine hair. An oil free texturiser for a sexy surfer look that defies gravity.” My hair is not long but it is quite fine. This texturiser gives hair a bit of grittiness, for lack of a better word. I don’t really know how to describe it but you end up looking like you spent the day at the beach. You know how your hair looks so fantastic after a day of swimming and playing in the sand? That is the look this stuff gives you. Kind of messy, easy, and undone.
It’s super easy to use as well. You just apply it to damp or dry hair, scrunch, and go. You only need about a dime sized amount so it will last a long time. Simple pimple!
The scent is wonderful, coconutty and a little bit fruity as well. All in all a great product. I think I paid about $20 for it about three years ago.
The only thing I don’t like about it is the bottle. It’s square and it’s kind of hard to get the product out.
What are some of your favourite hair products?
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think Revlon knocks it out of the park in the lip product department. For a totes reasonable price you can grab yourself a lippie as good as, if not better than, anything you’d get at M.A.C. for twice as much. I was at London Drugs the other day (I have a tendency to casually wander over there and look at the make-up on my lunch break) and the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains were on sale for only $4.99! Mere pennies! Pennies my darlings!
Of course I bought one. I picked the shade Honey because I’ve read several rave reviews about it, and I’m not disappointed. It’s a beautiful pinky nude and it’s just perfect for everyday. For once I managed to buy a lip product that doesn’t turn my lips day-glow pink! Yay me!
I’ve been applying Honey about, oh, every five minutes or so since I bought it. I really like it. I like it a lot. I think the formulation of the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains is really cool. They go on like a lip balm. They’re moisturizing and just the tiniest bit glossy. As the balm fades away they leave a pretty, long-lasting stain on the lips. The scent is kind of minty but it’s really subtle. I’m loving these lip crayons. Loving them.
Have you tried a lip crayon?