4.14.2017

Beauty Empties & Review

Empties reviews are one of my favourite types of videos/blog posts to watch and read - so I thought I'd start sharing my beauty empties here on the blog since I haven't been as active on my YouTube Channel lately.

Here are the 5 most recent beauty products I've used up...


Live Clean Exotic Vitality Monoi Oil Strengthening Shampoo ($6.26 at Walmart)


This 96% plant derived shampoo is designed to strengthen your hair and revitalize hair follicles, is sulfate free, paraben free, phthalate free and overall is a great product. It smells amazing - somewhere along the lines of sweet and fruity melons. It is very gentle on the hair and doesn't dry it out at all. This is a shampoo that I can use, and if I don't have conditioner, it's not a huge deal because it's conditioning on it's own. I have always loved this line of products, and would definitely repurchase this one.

Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover ($6.97 at Walmart)


This is, and has for a long time been my favourite eye makeup remover. It is extremely gentle and does a great job of getting everything off easily with a cotton pad. It is affordable, the bottle lasts a long time, and it doesn't irritate my eyes at all. I have recommended this product to others in the past and would continue to do so. I am currently trying out the newest trend of micellar waters, but I would definitely repurchase this.

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ($4.57 at Walmart)


Word on the street is that this product is terrible for your skin, but I work in a restaurant and I can never get over how clean and soft this product makes my skin feel. I have oil soaking into my pores all day, and I need something that makes me feel like my skin is refreshed and clean at the end of the day. This scrub does that for me. It is gentle enough but still effective, and I love that it is sulfate free, paraben free, and has all natural exfoliants (no plastic beads going into the oceans!). This is a continual repurchase for me.

Maybelline Master Conceal - Fair ($7.96 at Walmart)


This is my all time favourite drugstore concealer, and the second tube of this product I've been through. I'm halfway into my 3rd tube and I still love the product. I can use either fair, or light (fair is more brightening for under the eyes, while light is better for acne coverage etc.) and it does a great job of covering up my dark circles and blemishes while blending seamlessly into my foundation with a sponge. I will continue to purchase this product if I don't find something even better. For now, this one is my favourite because it looks so natural, doesn't crease and I'm happy with it's performance and lasting power.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation ($16.46 at Walmart) 


If you are looking for a great full coverage foundation from the drugstore, look no further! This foundation is definitely that. It is slightly thicker, so I like it better for the fall/winter months but this foundation reminds me a lot of Estee Lauder double wear - which is almost a cult favourite. I love that the foundation comes with a pump so you can easily dispense the product. It can be built up or sheered out with a sponge, and it doesn't oxidize on me throughout the day. It has great lasting power too. I do need to make sure I remember to moisturize when I use this, even though I purchased the normal/dry formula because if I don't, it can look a little bit cakey. I love trying out different foundations so I won't repurchase this right away, but I definitely would in the future.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them? 
Any products I should try out!? I'd love to hear from you!

- xo -

Debbie (CosmeticsCounsel)

1.09.2017

Battle of the Eye Creams: Lady Soma Stem Cell + Collagen VS Made From Earth Chamomile Eye Therapy

It's been a while since I've posted - but what better way to get back into blogging than a product review featuring a battle between two eye creams from two sister companies!?

When I was contacted to review these products (the companies sent them along complimentary) I was really excited! Eye creams are something I love to use, but don't get to try out too often because it takes me forever to go through one. Which product did I like best? Let's find out...

BATTLE CONTENDERS



CLAIMS

  • stimulates new skin cells, collagen production
  • soft + firm skin, repairs damage, plumps, clear luminous skin, fine lines + wrinkles are less visible over time
  • rich moisture
  • gently calms
  • reduce wrinkles
  • soothing
  • helps with dark circles + bags
PRICE
$54.99/ 2 oz

$22.99/ 1oz

INGREDIENTS
SUMMARY 
stem cells, peptides, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, coconut, vitamin c (mostly natural ingredients)

chamomile, vitamin c, minerals, evening primrose, vitamin e, (entirely natural ingredients)

PACKAGING screw top lid, glass jarscrew top lid, glass jar

HOW TO USE 1x daily

1x/5 days - with breaks in between 5 day treatments

SCENT nice, fresh, slightly fruity

strong, herbal

TEXTURE slightly thicker, not overly heavy feeling

very light and thin

PERFORMANCE
  • nicely hydrating
  • non-irritating
  • smooths skin 
  • long lasting moisture
  • refreshing
  • nicely hydrating
  • refreshing
  • long lasting moisture
  • eye area looks brighter 
  • no major difference with many 5 day periods of use
(Image Credit: photos are taken from company websites)

FINAL VERDICT

Although they are both great products, and moisturize the eye area well, I prefer the Somaluxe Stem Cell + Collagen moisturizer from Lady Soma. The scent of the Chamomile Eye Therapy is too strong for me, and I find it slightly offensive and hard to handle even though it does fade with time. I have not noticed any major differences in my fine lines over the last couple months of use, and I have noticed no difference in the other imperfections in my eye areas such as dark circles and milia. I feel that I'd rather just keep the area nicely hydrated with cell renewal ingredients rather than use something that I need to keep track of how many days I'm using it etc. The stem cell moisturizer can also be used all over your face so it is a multipurpose product. I like it's thicker consistency, the way it makes my skin feel, and the scent of the product.

-xo-

Debbie (CosmeticsCounsel)

10.08.2016

L'oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Skincare Line Review (Influenster)

When I received this line from Influenster complimentary for review, I was intrigued and excited to try it! It is geared towards aging skin, and I am approaching 30 so I am starting to notice my skin texture changing, as well as some fine lines starting to appear. These products contain glycolic acid to assist in exfoliation and improving skin texture, revealing visibly brighter, more radiant skin.


Brightening Scrub Cleanser

While I like the general ingredients of this product, like Glycolic Acid, Vitamin Cg, and Pro-Retinol, I need to start my review by stating that I think it's ridiculous that the exfoliating bits in this product are basically made of plastic (acrylates copolymer) which is proven to be terrible for the environment, as well as terrible on sensitive facial skin because it can cause micro tears. With that aside, I've been using this scrub for a few weeks and it confuses me that you are instructed to use it every morning and evening rather than 2-3 times per week as with most scrubs. This scrub is gentle, but it's not that gentle and I don't particularly like using it twice a day. It has a nice fresh scent, doesn't lather very well, but a little bit goes a long way. My skin does feel smoother and clean after using this scrub but because of the plastic exfoliators, I won't purchase this product. 

Brightening Daily Lotion
 
I am pleasantly surprised by this day moisturizer. I was immediately impressed by the packaging. It's a very nice, heavy and sturdy bottle that is aesthetically pleasing. When I apply it, it almost feels like a brightening makeup primer. A little bit goes a long way, and I can immediately see the "brightening" effects because of whatever they put into this. It is basically an illuminator. I love that this has SPF 30 in it, because I don't even have think about sunscreen which is an absolute must when you are using the other products in the line that contain glycolic acid. I would consider picking this up again! 

Brightening Peel Pads
 
When I first got them I thought they were just glorified oxy pads - that's what they remind me of. They look and feel just like the acne pads of my adolescence, although they are thicker and better made than those. The packaging is nice, and easy to use. I've used them every night since I got them, and I'm almost out. I like that these have glycolic acid in them, and I enjoy using them every night. I feel like they've been helping to keep my skin smoother and brighter in a very gentle way. They don't irritate my skin or make my eyes burn while I am using them - they're great for people who have sensitive skin and are sensitive to strong scents because they are not overwhelming. The price is not too bad for the ingredient you're getting either, and I think this is going to be something I will repurchase from the line. 

Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer
 
When I first got it, I was intrigued by it because I've never used something like this that combines two different sections into one, and I also knew that this product was expensive! This product is easy to use, the packaging looks really cool, and I like the way the product easily glides over my skin. I wish that it would sink INTO my skin though, and my husband often comments that my skin feels "tacky" after I use this, which is a huge downside of this moisturizer. I do like the way my skin looks in the morning, but it's an effect that seems like it is washed away when I do my morning skincare routine. My skin has overall been looking brighter and more even, but I'm not sure if it's attributed to this product in particular since I am using the whole line currently. While I like this, I'm not sure if I'd purchase it again for myself. 

- xo -

Debbie (CosmeticsCounsel) 

7.22.2016

Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Deep Conditioner Review

I love to try new deep conditioners from the drugstore. Since I've been trying a lot of the Garnier Whole Blends products, I thought I'd review the Honey Treasures repairing deep conditioner for you.


Price

The price of this product is pretty typical for a hair treatment from the drugstore at $6.96 regular price. I have no issues with that price range, and find it affordable especially since it's a product you are only meant to use occasionally.

Packaging

I am not a fan of tubs of product, but this seems to be the regular packaging for deep conditioners, although I'd prefer a squeeze tube.

The Product

This conditioner is meant to be reconstructing, helping to repair brittle, damaged hair and make hair stronger to prevent future damage. I have no idea whether or not this product did that for my hair, but I love how thick and creamy this product is. The texture of this product reminds me a lot of the much more pricey macadamia deep repair mask. If you love that product, I'd recommend you try this and compare!

Final Thoughts

This product is something that is just okay for me. I don't know how damaged or brittle my hair is, but my hair is definitely dry. I'm looking for something that is incredibly hydrating because that is the main thing that helps with my hair issues - dryness and frizz. This is not the perfect product for me and since I'm not sure if it actually does anything for me, I won't be repurchasing this particular mask even though I love the texture of it.

- xo -

Debbie (CosmeticsCounsel)