They’re Real!

Remember when I said: “[t]ruth be told, this product is not the miracle it is purported to be. In fairness though, is any product?” I stand corrected. Some products are the miracle they are purported to be, well one is anyway. What’s the miracle product? Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara.

I suffer from stumpy eyelash syndrome. It’s a problem, but one that I have come to terms with over the years. False eyelashes aren’t really an option because I’m far to clumsy to apply them properly. I’ve always just focussed more on my lips, and tried to forget my short stumpers. Then I discovered Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. I grabbed it on a whim while on a bit of a make-up buying binge at Shopper’s Drug Mart with my bestie. It was next to the till, and friends, I think I’ve mentioned that I am highly susceptible to that sort of product placement.

As usual I ripped into my new loot the second I got home. I swiped on a couple of layers of my new mascara over the one I already had on and didn’t really notice much of a difference. It wasn’t until later that evening  when I redid my make-up that I truly understood the miracle I had so blithely stumbled upon. Ladies, stumpy, forlorn lashes are officially a thing of my past! With a couple of coats of this magical elixir my lashes rest on my pillowy cheeks when I flutter them… or pretty close anyway! At $23 a pop this product is on the pricey side, but take it from me, it’s worth every penny!

Have you ever accidentally discovered a product you can’t live without?

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The Chopping Block

Curly hair is dry to begin with, add to that winter weather, an ombre dye job, and infrequent haircuts and we’ve got a disaster my friends. A couple of weeks ago my hair was in truly terrible shape. Frizzy, staticky, and crunchy feeling. It was not pretty. I decided to try out a hair mask. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and I was desperate for help. Off I went to Sephora (is there any other place???) in search of a remedy and I decided on the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment.

I had it out of the packaging and spread all over my locks within 10 minutes of being home. One thing I really love about this product is the way it changes from a solid to a silky oil when you rub it betwixt your palms. The scent is interesting, it reminds me of nutmeg. I can definitely see some people hating the smell, but I didn’t mind it. The instructions said to leave the product on for 20 minutes and then wash it out. Friends, I am a renegade: I left the treatment on over night. The results? Silky soft, managable hair free of static and full of body… for one day. The second day after the treatment my hair reverted to it’s initial state and I ended up getting it all chopped off.

My room-mate, who has medium length, wavvy, fine hair had much better luck than I. Her hair ended up super soft and lovely after the treatment. Perhaps mine was just too far-gone.

Have you had any luck with hair masks?

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Batiste Dry Shampoo

Confession: I haven’t washed my hair since Sunday because I’m too lazy busy. It was fine yesterday, but I think perhaps I was asking too much of my mop when I chose to forgoe washing yet again this morning. By lunchtime my curls were looking far too er… defined for my liking. I decided to pop out to London Drugs on my break and pick up some dry shampoo. I was waylaid by Sephora on the way there, but when I grabbed a bottle of Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo and saw the $50 (gasp) price tag I was quickly on my way again.

I decided on Batiste Dry Shampoo because I’ve used it before, and I was in a terrible hurry. They’ve come out with a few new fragrances since I last purchased a bottle. I decided on Tropical because I’m a sucker for anything coconut.

Back at the office I popped into the loo and gave my hair a thorough dousing. The verdict? Great product! With a limited amount of fuss you can have your lackluster hair looking refreshed and volumized in a matter of moments, not to mention smelling absolutely delish. The price was around $10 which may be a tad steep but it’s a large bottle and I’m guessing it’ll last a long time.

I know that since I didn’t take a before photo (some things cannot be unseen friends) there’s not much point to the selfie, but this is my blog and if I want to post a gratuitous duck-face photo of myself I can!

Have you tried any dry shampoos?

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Oooooooh… La Lift!

I’m a Benefit girl, through and through. I love their fun packaging, their engaging website, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time watching their Youtube videos. It’s unusual for me to be loyal to any brand, I change shampoos like I change my underwear (regularly, just in case that’s not clear!). So if I’m hooked on something you know it’s good!

Anywhoskies, on to today’s product! Benefit’s Ooh La Lift. I picked this product up ages and ages ago during my Great Shopper’s Drugmart Optimum Points Shopping Spree of 2011 (otherwise known as The Greatest Day of My Life). It sat unused in my make up collection for sometime until I unearthed it a few weeks ago. I’d never really used the product because, frankly, I didn’t know what to do with it. A couple of Youtube Videos later I’d figured it out (you dot it under your eyes and blend with your ring finger….) and was off to the erasing-my-under-eye-bags races.

Truth be told, this product is not the miracle it is purported to be. In fairness though, is any product? Benefit describes Ooh La Lift thusly: “This legendary under-eye brightening boost looks like an instant eyelift! Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes. This delicate pink balm can be applied on bare skin or over makeup.” Instant eyelift? No. Cool, refreshing, and pretty? Yes. Will I continue using it? Yes. Will I buy it again? Not sure. The verdict: Ooh La Lift is a nice product, I enjoy using it, and I’m not sorry it’s part of my arsenal.

There you have it friends! I apologize for the long-windedness of this post, though I am eating a cinnamon bun right now and so must confess, dear reader, that I am distracted!

Are you loyal to any make-up brands?

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Pretty in Pink

I picked up the Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Blush in Rose D’Or at Shopper’s Drug Mart some time ago when I was hankering for, but too skint to afford, the Nars blush in Orgasm. It’s a lovely shade of Barbie pink with gold shimmer in a cute round case. It gives you that really pretty “I’ve just stepped in from the cold” flush. I like this blush for the winter when I’m even paler (think underbelly of a dead fish) than usual.

The blush goes on nicely with no streakiness or clumping, and I find that one sweep over the cheeks usually does the trick. The only minor compaint that I have about this product is that it fades after a couple of hours, and has to be reapplied.

The verdict? For around $20 it’s not a bad value. I’d buy it again.

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