DRUGSTORE Haul! Cheap skincare, makeup, and more!

Hola! Having an awesome Sunday so far? We sure hope so! Whether you’ve decided to go out for a run, chill out with friends and family, or have a relaxing me day, we hope you’re having a lovely day!

Did you see Helen’s Weekly Wishlist yet?? She’s got some goodies on there like the Boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser. Interested in hearing more? Check out the wishlist! Otherwise, let’s get right into this haul!

Whether it’s a department store, makeup store, or even drugstore, we are always on the hunt for new beauty products to try out (must be in our blood 😉 ). This past week, we took a seemingly harmless trip to our local supermarket, Superstore. As we casually browsed the beauty aisles, we slowly picked up one thing… and then another… and another.. and before we knew it, we had a beauty haul! We actually each purchased a lot of the same things but there’s a couple things we each purchased on our own. Some stuff we’ve provided a little first impressions, other things we’ve yet to try (but let us know if you want a full review!).

Stuff we both bought #twinning

Xilix Tiger Wrinkle Mask

They were on sale for $0.94 cents!!! Is that not a good enough reason to buy +20?! (Seriously… we went back to buy more at Superstore because we liked it so much after the first try). It’s a really great hydrating mask – amazing!

Tiger Wrinkle Mask

My Beauty Diary Apple Polyphenol Mask

This box was also on sale for about $9 for a pack of 10 sheet masks… That’s less than $1 for each mask. Enough said. Who knows if it’s any good though.. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

Apple Sheet Masks

St Ives Hydrate Body Lotion – in Cucumber & Melon / Coconut & Orchid

Katelyn: I just ran out of my insanely large container of cucumber scented body lotion and I needed a replacement asap! This lotion from St. Ives had an identical scent so that was a no brainer. It sinks into the skin very quickly as well.

Helen: While I don’t hoard tubs of lotion like Katelyn, I wanted to get a light, nicely scented body lotion and this happened to also be on sale for less than $4 so I decided to give it a try. So far so good and it smells great!

St Ives Coconut & Orchid

Mediheal Acai Berry / Lemon Lime Ade Sheet Mask

On sale for $1… yaaaaas gurl. Plus they look so cute, just like a yummy smoothie 😉

Mediheal Ade Sheet Masks

SNP Gold Collagen Ampoule Mask, Diamond Brightening Ampoule Mask, Black Pearl Renew Black Ampoule Mask

Gold, Diamond, and Black Pearl. All exquisite ingredients – so what better use than to put them on your face? Hopefully this will give us glowing skin!! These little guys were on sale and ran for about $2.75 each – a little pricier than your average sheet mask but it also has better ingredients.

Karuna Boxed Sheet Mask, Set of 4 – in Age-Defying and Variety Box

First of all, let us start by saying these normally go for $10 EACH at Sephora… crazy right?! What’s even crazier? We got these on sale for a pack of 4 for just $12.99!!! Is that a deal or what?! 🙂

*Note: can you tell we’re on a sheet mask frenzy right now?! :p don’t judge …

Essie Gel Couture Nail – in Satin Slipper and Top Coat

We’ve heard awesome reviews about the new Essie line so we had to give it a try. Satin Slipper is such a beautiful colour, a very light cream pink, and has a bit of a shimmer, almost pearlescent (you don’t notice too much shimmer unless you’re very very up close). These were on sale for about $9 each.

Essie Nail Polish - Satin Slipper / Top Coat

Cetaphil Cleansing Bar

So the soap was on sale for $5.50 which isn’t that cheap but it had to buy in groups of two and Helen only needed one bar.. so Katelyn graciously offered to buy the other (what a saint). It’s a new buy for Katelyn but Helen’s used it for quite some time and she really likes it as a gentle facial cleanser – we’ll wait and see what Katelyn thinks!

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L’Oreal Lash Paradise

Alright so maybe this was one of the few things we bought that wasn’t on sale.. but we were so excited to see this in store we couldn’t help ourselves! It’s a new mascara and we’ve only heard amazing reviews about it. Spoiler alert – we like it!! It’s not super cheap for drugstore but still not bad, we got it for about $13. Sit tight, we’ll probably do a review on this one soon but comment below if you want a review asap! 😉

L'Oreal Lash Paradise

Extra stuff Katelyn bought

NOTE: KATELYN!! DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE PRICES OF EACH PRODUCT

Conair Curling Iron

I was in the market for a larger curling iron for a nice beachy wave look but I never committed to one because I normally lazy with my hair. But when I saw this one at ~$16 I thought WHY NOT?! Still figuring out this clip business but I’m up for the challenge (challenging only for me it seems -__-). This set me back only $16.99!

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Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick – in Rebel Rose, Berry Recognize

Tati, one of my favourite beauty youtubers mentioned these were one of the only matte lippies she could wear. I thought I would give it a try and so far find it pretty comfortable for a matte liquid lipstick. My lips are kind of dry after wearing it for a while but normally a good moisturizing post matte lipstick day works fine for me. These costed $$4.98 each, which is such a good deal for a good matte lippie.

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Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – in Bronze

Helen bought this…everyone on youtube loves this…it smells like vacation…need I say more?! I was worried it wouldn’t show up on my skin but it is very buildable and it looks so natural. I love it! Normally this costs around $20, but I was able to snag this bad boy on sale for $13.98.

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Extra stuff Helen bought

CoverGirl Roses TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette

I just really couldn’t help myself… I’ve been looking for some rosy eyeshadows but couldn’t really justify buying the original Urban Decay Rose Palette, so I’ve definitely had my eye on this guy for a while now.. and it finally went on sale! Got it for about $9 and I’m so excited to give it a try, I’ve heard so many good reviews! 🙂

CoverGirl TruNaked Roses

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 50+

What a tongue twister but besides that, I totally swear by this, this is the holy grail of all body sunscreens!! I love it because it has a high SPF so it’s perfect for those day’s you’re out in the sun all day (it also has lower SPFs if that’s what you prefer too). I really like the smell of it too, smells a little like coconut and it just reminds me so much of summer. The best thing about this sunscreen though is that when you put it on, it has that little bit of shimmer – nothing that feels gritty but it just makes your skin look healthy and glowy, I love it! I got this for $9 too on sale 🙂

Hawaiian Tropic

It’s Skin Bamboo Sheet Mask

It’s described to be a hydrating mask and right now, that’s all my skin seems to want! So I thought I’d give it a try. It retails for about $1.20 each.

It's Skin Bamboo Sheet Mask

 

Phew – that was a lot of products! Thank you so much for making it till the end of our post! 😛 Do you want a review on a certain product? Have you tried one of these products? Let us know and comment below, we love hearing from you! See you back on Thursday for Katelyn’s Weekly Wishlist 🙂

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Helen’s Weekly Wishlist

Hello hello! How are you all doing this week? Summer’s slowly settling in here in Vancouver – finally! We still get some chilly days here and there but I’m definitely happy to see the sunshine. I hope you’re able to get out and enjoy the sunshine too! But back to why we’re all here… Let’s nail down some cool products I’ve had an eye on this week!

Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment

I just heard about this from Beauty Youtuber Ingrid Nilsen who highly recommended this and it just sounded like something so unique! She described how sensitive her skin has been lately (something I can definitely relate to), and talked about how this has really helped to hydrate and improve her skin. She said after she cleanses her face and applies toner and a facial essence, she puts this on, followed by her serums and moisturizers – different, right? She said it’s almost like a moisturizing balm and it’s really helped improve her skin texture and has kept everything nice and hydrated overall – sounds like a winner to me!

Boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser

This was definitely another find by a Beauty Youtuber, the amazing Tati Westbrook! This is essentially a cleanser that happens to be in the form of a squishy jelly ball… sounds strange right? Apparently it works really well though to clean your skin and wash off your makeup! It sounded kind of gimmicky but if Tati likes it, I definitely want to give it a try. Plus it sounds like it would make cleansing so much more interesting… don’t you think?? 😛

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Bum bum cream… yep, you heard that right. This little guy is a essentially a hydrating cream, meant to help firm and tighten your skin for smoother skin texture. It’s made with guarana which apparently is a plant’s whose fruit contains very potent caffeine – an awesome ingredient for firming. Also made with cupuacu butter, it’s a cream that does a fantastic job of plumping and conditioning the skin with its antioxidants. With a pistachio caramel scent that lingers, it sounds absolutely delicious!

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo

If you’ve started following our blog more regularly, you’ve probably started to notice that I’m a big fan of lip products… so of course I’d love to try out Hourglass’s new lipstick! The Lip Stylos are marketed as a hydrating lip stick – they almost seem to be a tinted balm. Made with shea butter, jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower seed, the lipstick helps to hydrate and nourish lips. There’s also a decent selection of colour too, most of which are pretty neutral, so you can find your perfect shade.

What do you all think of these products?? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if you’ve given one of these products a try! Otherwise, comment below if you’d like to see a review on it and we’ll try to make it happen 😉

Stay tuned for a haul post coming up very soon from Katleyn and I! 🙂 Have an awesome day!

Product Empties: Would we repurchase?

Hey everyone! Hope you enjoyed Katelyn’s weekly wish list this week. Apologies in advance if it inspired anyone to make some unforeseen purchases 😛 This week we will be talking about several different products we’ve completely used up and we will be sharing whether or not we think they were worth repurchasing.

Katelyn’s Products

FAB Ultra Repair Cream

As someone who suffers from Sahara Desert dry skin I’m always looking for creams, lotions, and potions to remedy my temperamental skin. A 6oz container costs $37CAD, however I have repurchased this cream several times but only in a set. Why buy it by itself when it comes in a set with other products for pretty much the same price!? I love this cream because it’s super hydrating but it’s not oily and sinks into the skin very quickly. A little goes a long way so one container can last you for a couple months. I will continue to buy this cream as long as there is a set that contains a full size.

Fab Ultra Repair Cream

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

This makeup remover from neutrogena is able to get rid of the eye-makeup pretty well, and I’ve tried it on brushes/sponges before and it does a decent job at removing makeup. However, there isn’t anything special in my opinion about this product. I don’t like how it leaves an oily slip on my face (despite being oil-free) after using it and ever since finding out about the makeup remover cloths I’ve not used any makeup removers. I will not be purchasing this again.Neutrogena Eye Makeup RemoverPure Smile Gold Sheet Mask

Helen gave me this sheet mask from her trip to Japan last year and she told me it cost maybe a little over one Canadian dollar. I was surprised how this super cheap sheet mask made my face feel. What really amazed me was the fact that my face that is normally combo and very oily wasn’t oily at all the day after I used this mask. You know when you’re just having a great skin day, well that is how I felt after this amazing mask. I will most likely be making an amazon purchase soon to stock on some of these.

Helen’s Products

Mediheal Pomegranate Ade Mask

I found this gem at my local supermarket, Superstore, because I fell for the cute package :p I love smoothies, doesn’t this just look delicious?? It was also very affordable, less than $2 and I’m so glad I picked this one up! It works great, definitely a hydrating sheet mask. The packaging says this mask is good for hydration and skin firming, though I didn’t really feel any firming (which I’m not that surprised about). Overall, good buy. They have a quite a range of other fruits, each with its own skin focus, so I’ll definitely look into other ones too.

bareMinerals All-Over-Face Color, A Little Sun

This is one of my holy grail bronzers – I’ve repurchased this for years and years now and I always fall back to the All Over Face Colours whenever I look for a good bronzer I can count on. This one is in the shade ‘A Little Sun’ but I’ve also switched between this and some of their other bronze colours, ‘Warmth’ and ‘Faux Tan’. This one has a slight bit of shimmer (definitely nothing chunky or glittery) but I believe Warmth And Faux Tan do not. This one is described as a ‘sunlit copper rose’ (though I find it more bronze than rose, I’ve never used this as a blush, only a bronzer), Warmth is a ‘chestnut’ and Faux Tan is a ‘sunlit bronze’ – all in all though, I like them all, I find the colours to be fairly similar which is why I switch them out every now and then, but I love them all!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30

I first bought this after Youtuber Jen Nim recommended this new BB water so I thought I’d give it a try, especially since I was looking for a lightweight foundation to use on an every day basis (plus there’s SPF!). When I first tried it, I liked how it applied, it’s definitely a lightweight formula, very water with light coverage. However, the more I’ve worn it, the more indifferent I’ve become. I tend to prefer medium coverage foundation on an every day basis and this just doesn’t cut it. I find that you can only really get to light coverage and I don’t think it really layers, it starts to get streaky when you apply too much. I don’t think it’s that bad of a foundation, especially when it is marketed as a BB water rather than a foundation, which does tend to be light coverage, it’s just not really what I wanted in a foundation. So for this reason, I won’t repurchase, but if you want a light coverage BB water, go for it!

Hope you found these mini-reviews helpful. Let us know if you’d like to see more of these types of reviews/blog posts. We want to post information that you, our readers, find helpful 🙂 Until next week!

Katelyn’s Weekly Wishlist

How’s it going? Anyone ready for the weekend because I know I am! Summer is finally showing up, so stores are also gearing up for summer sales. Sooooo… why don’t I share with you guys some products that I’ve been thinking about lately.

Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette

Can we just take a minute to admire the beauty that is this palette… It looks stunning… The variety and selection of eyeshadows look so beautiful. I’ve heard they’re super pigmented and creamy. You could do so many eye looks with this one palette since it includes matte and shimmery shades. It is already of out stock on Sephora so obviously people like this product, but the only problem for me is that it comes with a hefty price tag. In a perfect world though this palette would be sitting on my marble vanity (I don’t have a vanity 😛 ).

GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment

With the sunshine we’ve been getting, my skin has definitely felt more dry. I have a small sample of this mask and I love it so much. I’m so sad that I’ll be finishing it soon, but this is something I really want to buy because it simply works. My skin feels so hydrated and plump (in a good way) with moisture after leaving it on for only 20-30min. I found immediate relief and results with this product and even though it’s pricey I’m so tempted to buy a full size. The struggle is real…

Quay Sunglasses – Black Fades

This isn’t a beauty product but it is still something that I’ve wanted for a while. Not everyone knows this but I have a problem when it comes to sunglasses. I don’t buy expensive ones but I buy too many cheap ones. I just love how they can just make a look and give your outfit extra chic points (because that’s what very chic people say..duh..myself not included). I’ve known about this brand of sunglasses for a while now since I follow Desi Perkins on Youtube. I must say, this is a collab done right. I’ve never wanted a pair of sunnies this bad… too bad the black fades are already sold out but who knows this might be the first pair of expensive glasses I buy 😛

Let’s all pray for me as I may potentially put my bank account through the ringer with these possible purchases. Let me know if you guys have or want to try any of the things I’ve mentioned. I offer myself as tribute if you want me to review any of these (if you didn’t catch it, that was a Hunger Games reference).

Dermal: Snail Gold Hydro Gel Eye Patches

Salut! How’s your Sunday going? We hope you’re having a beautiful day! Vancouver is a beautiful sunny day which has been rare these past few weeks so we’re definitely taking time to soak up the sun 🙂

Helen’s Wishlist was posted on Thursday – did you see anything you liked?? If you haven’t seen the post just yet, hit up our Beauty Page and you’ll be able to catch up on some products Helen’s been having an eye on lately 😉 This week we’ll be delving into the world of Korean Beauty… snail eye masks! What?!! Don’t worry, they aren’t as weird as they sound, we promise!

Description

Dermal’s Snail Gold Hydro Gel Eye Patches were something we first came across these when we were browsing our local supermarket, Superstore. As we were browsing the aisles in the beauty section, we came across a whole aisle dedicated to Asian beauty products – everything from Korean sheet masks to Chinese skin creams to Japanese hair care products. AKA – what we once dreamed of was suddenly a beautiful reality!

The eye patches are essentially little masks for your under-eye area – an intensive under-eye treatment. They are a thin, gel-like mask, made up of vegetable gums, seaweed, agar, and konjak to name a few ingredients. They are also made with natural extracts, making them biodegradable. Given that the masks are saturated in the extracts and essence, they adhere well to your under-eye area without slipping and sliding out of place. It comes in a container of 30 pairs and retails for about $16 USD or about $22 CAD.

Review

These eye patches are a super easy way to add a little something special to your skincare routine. You literally just plop them under your eyes and you can do whatever you want for 20-30 min while it drys. It’s definitely hydrating for the under-eye area and if you place the container in the fridge beforehand, the patches will be nice and cool when you apply them. We’ve found that this helps with redness and reduces puffiness. Our eyes (especially Helen’s) are sensitive but these patches don’t cause any irritation at all. One container will last you quite a while and if you break down the cost, a pair of eye patches costs less than a dollar. If you’re lucky, single pairs cost around $3-4 each so it’s a good bang for your buck (note: we’ve seen eye masks go for $6-15 per pair at Sephora from various brands!). In terms of packaging, we love the gold…who doesn’t… but we also enjoy the fact that it comes with a little spatula which helps take out the patches and it keeps everything super sanitary. Lastly, as an environmental bonus these patches are biodegradable!


With lots of skincare products it’s hard to see immediate differences upon first use and sometimes it can take a month to see any changes. So far we haven’t experienced anything mind-blowing but so far so good. It does a great job at hydrating and de-puffing so no big complaints.

Pros Cons
  • Easy to apply
  • Moisturizing, hydrating
  • No irritation
  • Cooling
  • Biodegradable
  • Lasts a long time
  • Affordable 
  • No immediate changes or improvements 

Have any of you tried out an under-eye mask? If you have, let us know! We’d love to try some new ones! As always, thank you for stopping by, we hope you have a lovely week!

 

 

Helen’s Weekly Wishlist

Hello hello! Having a great week so far? Keep it up, it’s almost the weekend (yay!!). If you’ve been looking for something to distract you though, I’ve got just the thing 😉 Here a couple of products that I’ve had an eye on recently.

Lancome Juicy Shakers

Ever since they’ve come out, the Juicy Shakers have been something that I’ve been curious to try. They’re essentially a pigmented lip oil, formulated to help keep your lips hydrated and nourished while providing a hint of colour. Before applying, you’re supposed to shake the bottle like a cocktail shaker – it’s not super important but it makes the product cute and fun! They also have a range of colours.. so I’m sure I’d find a colour I’d like to try out… 😉

VISEART EyeShadow Palette Petit PRO

These mini palette comes with 8 beautiful shades and includes mattes, satins, and shimmers – all so stunning! I am in love with all the shades and love how you can make a cohesive eye look with this palette. It’s a beautiful mix, even with just 8 shades – I definitely want to add these to my shopping list…

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Filtered Light Setting Powder

This new release is slowly racking up the good reviews. It’s meant to be a weightless, makeup setting and baking powder that sets and blurs fine lines and pores – sounds perfect right? It also is infused with antioxidant algae and other marine ingredients that are meant to protect and balance your skin – again, sounds amazing! Vegan, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, free of talc and fragrance, how could you not want to try this?

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you want me to try them, feel free to comment as well, I always love a good excuse to try out more beauty products 😉

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind vs. Fit Me Concealer

Hello beauty lovers! Sorry for the delayed post but we couldn’t resist the sunshine we rarely have nowadays. Hope you had a chance to see Katelyn’s extra long wish list this week (hope your wallets aren’t totally empty). This week we are venturing into the world of concealers. To start our journey we’ll be comparing TWO concealers from Maybelline that are infamous in the beauty world.

Description – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment

This concealer will instantly create a more radiant and refreshed under-eye. The formula containing goji berry and haloxyl helps to erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, while also reducing puffiness around the eyes. This retails typically for $8.99USD/$12.99CAD for 6ml.

Description – Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

The Fit Me concealer provides a flawless appearance that is still natural; leaving the skin looking fresh. A translucent base and lightweight pigments allows the natural characteristics of the skin to show through. It is non-comedongenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and fragrance-free. This retails for $6.99USD/$10.99CAD for 6.8ml.

Review

Let’s start with the Instant Age Rewind concealer. Ever since we began watching Youtube beauty gurus, the concealer that everyone seemed to always mention was this Maybelline concealer. It was the classic, never fail, drugstore concealer that all makeup lovers raved about. It took us a while to purchase this product because, in our opinion, it is quite pricey for a drugstore concealer, but we eventually caved and we can see why so many people use this. It’s a great everyday concealer and brightens up the under-eyes while diminishing the look of dark circles. Our sensitive skins seem to approve of this formula. It blends well and doesn’t clump, however it can crease so be sure to set it. The sponge-tip applicator also makes it very easy to apply the concealer. While it claims to help with reducing puffiness and fine lines, neither one of us have really noticed a difference in that department. The only real con to this concealer is that it doesn’t have a great shade range. We’ve only tried one shade, but as far we can tell most people have liked only the “Neutralizer” shade, which makes it super limiting for other skin tones.

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Shade: Neutralizer

In comparison, the Fit Me concealer is a relatively newer launch. However, it’s been around long enough to also become a cult favourite among beauty gurus too. It got a lot of hype because it was labeled as a dupe for the infamous and well-loved “Nars Creamy Concealer.” We’ve never tried it before (cuz das expensif…) but when we heard that there was a drugstore concealer that was comparable we couldn’t resist. What we’ve found is this one is also a great everyday concealer, especially if you are looking for something with more opaque coverage when you’ve been on a Netflix binge 😉 Bai bai panda eyes!! It gives more coverage than the Instant Age Rewind but is also a slightly thicker consistency – don’t worry though, it’s still a pretty light formula and blends out seamlessly to cover dark circles. It also has an easy to use doe-foot applicator that applies the product well and has a decent shade selection. Keep in mind that this concealer will crease too if you don’t set it with a powder, especially since the formula is a little thicker than the Age Rewind. Helen has also found that when her under eye area is very very sensitive and dry in the winter, this concealer isn’t the best one to use since it does exaggerate the dry patches and irritates the skin slightly. However, most the year, it’s still a staple for Helen.

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Shade: Light 10

The major differences between the two is the coverage and shade selection. The Fit Me concealer provides more coverage, while the Age Rewind provides lighter coverage which makes it a great everyday concealer. Sometimes you don’t need that full coverage concealer; all you need is a little something to brighten up the eye area. 

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Bottom: Fit Me (10 Light), Top: Age Rewind (Neutralizer)

Fit Me Age Rewind
  • Great pigmentation, opaque
  • Decent shade selection
  • Easy to use doe-foot applicator
  • Blends well
  • Can cling to dry patches
  • Can crease
  • Good pigmentation, light coverage
  • Great everyday concealer
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Easy to use sponge tip applicator
  • Blends well
  • Doesn’t clump
  • Can crease

Do you have one of these yet? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below, we love hearing from you! Feel free to also let us know if you’ve found some other great drugstore concealers and maybe we’ll give it a go as well. We hope you have a fantastic week, see you back Thursday!

Katelyn’s Weekly Wishlist

Sorry for being a week late but I’m gonna make it up to you guys by sharing a couple more items on I’ve been wanting to try 😉 3…2…1…LEGO!

Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

Do you have that one friend that just makes you spend more money, well for me that friend is Helen 😛 haha I love you girl but seriously I’m going to be broke soon. She recently purchased this essence on Amazon after reading great reviews on it. After the first use she couldn’t contain how good this product was, so obviously means I will buying it soon. #goodbyemoney

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation

Helen has been on a long haul this past month and this Tarte foundation was something she recently added to her collection (are you noticing a trend). Tarte has always been a brand that I’ve liked purchasing from due to the ingredients they use and the fact that they don’t do animal testing. Aside from the stunning packaging I’ve heard great reviews on Youtube and after seeing Helen use it, I’m tempted to give this a try.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

After buying a small Buxom lip trio from Sephora, I’ve fallen in love with the lip cream (aka lip gloss) called Hot Toddy. I especially enjoy the cool minty burn that tingles my lips upon application. If you love that burning/cooling sensation let me know if there are other products that you’ve tried that deliver that same level of burn 😛 Helen did try this before I did….BUT it wasn’t until trying it where I contemplated buying a full-size version.

Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face and Body Shimmer in Powder

I didn’t realize powder would be such a mouthful but I’ve heard great things about Natasha Denona beauty products. They come at a steep price so it is not for the faint of heart. This powder costs around $50!? but in a perfect world this product would be on my vanity.

Milk Makeup Matcha Toner

I’ve never seen a stick toner before so that in itself is intriguing. On top of that it is a “matcha” toner and I’m sort of a matcha junkie so… I’m interested for sure. This is a new product that is supposed to purify pores and smooth, hydrate skin. I’m in the market for a new toner so I might checkout my local Sephora to check this one out.

 

Nyx: Butter Lipstick

Bonjour friends! Had a fantastic week so far? We sure hope so! We also hope you had a chance to check out last week’s blog post on Pantene’s Moisture Mist. If you haven’t already, check it out! It’s one of our favourite hair products and it’s a drugstore item, readily available – what are you waiting for? 😉

This week we’ll be kickin’ it back to an oldie but a goodie… ready for some lip swatches?

Description

You can find up to 34 different shades in the Butter Lipsticks range from Nyx . It’s supposed to deliver highly saturated colour that gives you a full-yet-lightweight coverage with a satin finish. It retails for $6USD/$8.99CAD.

 

Left to right: Boardwalk, West Coast, Snowcone, Licorice

Left to right: Boardwalk, West Coast, Snowcone, Licorice

Review

We first discovered this range at London Drugs before the brand exploded to what it is now. The Nyx displays are significantly larger than most of the brands at the drugstore. A full blown Nyx-only cosmetic store just opened up in our city!? This brand has really taken off and for good reason. These Butter Lipsticks were a stepping stone for us and has inspired many other purchases from Nyx (future reviews 😉 ).When we first bought these lippies, it came in a set of three and as you all know why buy one when you can get three for a lower price 😛 Needless to say, we bought more after trying a set.

This is definitely a good lipstick at the drugstore; there is a good selection of colours and it is very pigmented and creamy. There is a subtle scent which we think kind of smells like a slightly sweet crayon, but it is not overpowering at all and after application it isn’t noticeable. In terms of the packaging, we love that it’s colour coordinated, so it makes it easy to spot and choose one within our collection of lip products.

As this is a cream lipstick it is not very long lasting and transfers easily. This is the main reason why we prefer some higher end brands, however for it’s price it is a good lipstick in our opinion.

Bare lips

Bare lips

Boardwalk – previously known as Snow Cap; beige with pink undertone

West Coast – previously known as Candy Buttons; peachy pink

Snowcone – previously known as Taffy; fuscia 

Moonlit Night – previously known as Licorice; deep burgundy

Pros Cons
  • Good pigmentation
  • Creamy
  • Colour-coordinated packaging
  • Affordable
  • Good colour selection
  • Transfers, not longlasting 

Let us know if you give these lippies a try and share with us which shades are your favourite. We didn’t get to post a wishlist last week, but for this week Katelyn will share a few extra things on her shopping wish list (soon to be in her credit card statement 😛 ).

Pantene Pro-V: Moisture Mist Detangler

Hi everyone! Hope you all are enjoying your weekends! I know some of you are already dreading the start of a new work week, but try not to think about it too much yet. Take some time for yourself! During your downtime you should check out Helen’s wish list this week. Retail therapy can be a great way to de-stress 😉

This week we are giving our hair a bit of TLC with the Pantene Pro-V Moisture Mist Detangler (what a mouthful). Helen was the first to discover this product and soon after shared her new discovery with Katelyn and the rest is history.

Description

The moisture mist detangler separates, smooths, and detangles your hair while moisturizing and strengthening it in order to achieve any style you want. It is meant for all hair types that are in need of a drink of water. It also works on colour-treated or permed hair. This can be used daily to nourish your hair before styling.

This is meant to be sprayed on damp hair where moisture or detangling is needed. Comb it through and do not rinse it out, then simply carry on with your styling routine.

The bottle contains 252mL and retails for about $5.99USD/$7.99CAD but as you know we love to find great deals and we managed to buy ours for only $3.99CAD!

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Review

If you are looking for an affordable way to moisturize and detangle your hair we think this product is a great option. It does pretty much everything it claims to do which is to moisturize, smooth, and detangle your hair. With a price tag of less than $5, it’s hard to beat.

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Spray nozzle

After applying it for the first time we immediately noticed that our hair was much smoother and had a healthy sheen to it; there was an immediate difference in the texture of our hair. Katelyn was worried that this product might weigh down her hair, since she has very fine strands, but it didn’t do that. As it says on the bottle, it’s great for light conditioning where you want it. It’s also a great product to use on wet or dry hair, perfect for toning down frizzy hair or giving your hair some extra hydration. Given that it’s also in a spray bottle, it’s very easy to use in your hair and distribute the product evenly.

The product is lightly scented and smells kind of like a sweet scented hairspray… if you see it in store and smell it, you’ll know what we mean! 😛 While we find the scent pleasant and not overpowering (the light scent lingers for a couple hours but fades quickly), some people that may be sensitive to scents may not like it. As well, while we find the product is great for light conditioning, we can’t say for sure if it’s helped to strengthen our hair. We personally haven’t noticed a reduction in breakage or split ends.

Pros Cons
  • Affordable
  • Immediate difference in hair texture, light conditioning
  • Helps to detangle and tame frizziness
  • Doesn’t weigh down hair
  • Great for colour-treated hair that has been weakened with bleaching
  • Can use on wet or dry hair
  • Pleasant smelling for us
  • Easy to apply
  • Scented – may bother some people
  • Hard to tell if this has strengthen hair –

Overall, we definitely recommend this hair mist for all hair types! Try to look for sales but even without one, it’s still pretty affordable. Have you given it a try yet or have you seen it in store? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and liking our post, we hope you have a great week. Don’t forget to come back Thursday to see Katelyn’s new weekly wishlist post!