Its been a few months since I did a Loves & Letdowns so I’m a bit overdue; lets jump in, starting with what I’ve been loving!:
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream: This has been my go-to face product all summer because its just so easy to apply. I’ve got a full review on this product coming up shortly so I’m not going to get into too many details buy the Coles notes version is that I love it!
Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream: I go through hand cream like a mad woman because my hands are chronically dry, although less so in the summer. This one smells like lemon cookies and is thick and creamy without being greasy. Its made the list of one of my favourite hand creams!
Muji Canada Blush: I received this blush as part of StashMatters Muji giveaway and I can’t stop wearing it! The colour is gorgeous and the formula is fantastic – so happy with this!
BareMinerals Double Ended Brush: This was included in a BM set and its made me realize how much I love a good angled blush brush. Its been working really well with the blush noted above but it just blends any blush beautifully. The fact that it has a small flat eyeshadow brush on the other end makes it handy for travel too!
Barefoot Venus Lip Bliss (Spearmint): This lip balm was included in my final Luxe Box; I’ve been using it regularly since and its wormed its way into my favourites! It has a bit of a waxy texture but it melts nicely into my lips, leaving them feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. And while Spearmint isn’t my first choice for lip balms, the scent is really subtle. I’m getting to the bottom of the tube though so I need to figure out where I can repurchase some more of these!
Laura Mercier Transparent Setting Powder: I’ve only been using this for about 3 weeks but it’s quickly became one of my favourite products. I was looking for a setting powder that would keep me matte and wouldn’t settle into my pores – this does both. The powder is so soft and finely milled and applies beautifully and I really recommend it.
Kiko Milano Fusion 01 Powder Brush: I use this brush every day as a final step to ensure my makeup is completely blended. The fact that I only paid $12 US for this brush kind of blows my mind – it’s amazing! The bristles are so soft and fluffy and overall it just feels like a luxury, high-end brush.
Nivea Gentle Cleansing Wipes: These may be the worst makeup removing wipes I’ve ever used. I picked them up because they stated they were to be gentle on skin but they were anything but! They had a intense fragrance, made my eyes sting and irritated my skin. I made the mistake of using them prior to applying my makeup and they left a film on my skin that resulted in me not being able to blend my makeup. Would not recommend these!
CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer: I used the foundation in this line and was quite happy with it so I thought I’d give the concealer a try. Unfortunately this was a big disappointment. The formula is super thin so it does next to nothing in terms of concealing, plus it creases horribly under my eyes.
Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Eyeliner: This was a “YouTube Made Me Buy It” purchase but it wasn’t a good one. I can’t recall which Youtuber raved about this eyeliner but I found it to be extremely dry and difficult to apply. It also smudges like crazy.
That’s everything I’ve been loving and been letdown by – what products have you been loving lately? Let me know below!
I’m a little behind on this month’s favourites – but on the bright side I’m actually doing it this month. I completely forgot to do February favourites! Oops!
I’m going to jump right in – here’s what I loved this month:
Gap Open Front Cardi: I love cardi’s any time of year, but especially for Spring and Summer. This one is super lightweight so it’s perfect to throw overtop of a t-shirt or tank in the morning when it’s still a little chilly out. They offer this sweater in a wide variety of colours; I selected it in Heather Grey colour but I’m tempted to pick up another in Turquoise or Blue.
Tarte Maracuja Oil: This was included in a Tarte set I bought on Black Friday and I was a little hesitant to use it as I haven’t really had much success with using oils on my face. My skin is super sensitive and I usually break out when I try to use them. This one is different though! I’ve been using this off and on throughout the month as a night-time moisturizer and mixed into my foundation in lieu of primer and it works so well! I totally expected it to leave me greasy and oily by the end of the day when I mixed it into my foundation but it just made my skin look glowy and healthy and my foundation applied like a dream. Used as a nighttime moisturizer, I couldn’t believe how supple and smooth my skin felt the next day. I’m about halfway through my little mini bottle of it but I plan on purchasing the full size, or at least another of the same size.
CoverGirl TruBLEND Blush (Light Rose): This might be one of the best drugstore blushes I’ve ever tried. Be warned this particular shade is quite light so it probably wouldn’t work well for those with darker skin tones. But for any of my fair-skinned friends, I’d recommend this. It’s a really soft pink-ish peach and you can build it to your desired intensity. On top of that the formula is great – it’s silky, soft and buttery. Highly recommend this!
Frilly Lilly Argentinian Lemon Shea Butter Creme: I’ve found my new favourite hand cream! Frilly Lilly is a local mani/pedi/waxing boutique with locations in Alberta & British Columbia, and California. I’ve been using this cream for probably a month and a half and it has really helped my chronically dry hands. It’s not at all greasy – it absorbs quickly but moisturizes really well. I also love that it doesn’t leave white marks on darker clothes if you touch them before it’s absorbed (one of my biggest pet peeves with hand cream!). I picked up the Argentinian lemon scent and at first I wasn’t sure about it but I’ve grown to really like it – it’s very refreshing.
NYX Butter Gloss (Angel Food Cake / Strawberry Cheesecake): I’ve talked about how much I love the NYX Butter Glosses before and that hasn’t changed. I gravitate towards lip glosses and these are some of the best I’ve tried. They’re glossy and pigmented and so easy to wear. Angel Food Cake is a lovely nude/mauve shade and Strawberry Cheesecake is a warm medium pink. I really haven’t been wearing any other lip products aside from these this month!
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer (Blonde): I have to admit I’m kind of lazy when it comes to brows – half the time I forget to do them. However this eyebrow pencil is so good I’ve pretty much done my brows every day this month. I can’t believe the difference between this and my previously beloved e.l.f eyebrow pencil – they don’t even compare! Not only is the shade perfect for me, the precise tip makes it so easy to fill and define my brows (hence the name). I’ve heard others say that this is a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz – not having tried it, I can’t confirm but if that’s true, but I see why everyone was going crazy over them if they are indeed similar.
NYX HD Concealer: I’ve been researching new concealers for a while and I had heard some good things about this one. Unfortunately this did not work for me. The reason: it’s ridiculously drying! It seemed a little dry when I initially applied it but it only got worse as the day went on. I used this to cover blemishes so I can’t imagine using this as an undereye concealer – it would totally emphasize and enhance any fine lines. So this was a disappointment and the search for a new concealer continues…
Maggie wanted to join in and share her love for the month. She’s really been enjoying these salmon treats that I found at Homesense for $6.99. Love that these are a Canadian product and made with wild pacific salmon. And they stink so of course Maggie just loves them. This is the second bag we’ve gone through and I haven’t seen these again at Homesense, so I’m going to have to track down a retailer here that sells them.
I’ve been using this “mask” for quite a few months now and I’m so impressed with it! First things first, my preference isn’t to use this as a mask but as a scrub. I’ve tried it a few times as a mask but I didn’t really notice any extra benefits from doing so. Instead I exfoliate my face with this a couple of times a week and it works really, really well. It has a thick grainy texture which really helps to exfoliate dead skin and unclog pores – I particularly love using this around my nose. When applied, this leaves a tingly, warming sensation on my skin and has a pleasant scent (I struggle to describe it – slightly sugary maybe?). Most importantly, I don’t experience any breakouts or sensitivity with this; my skin just feels soft, smooth and clean. For the price, you can’t beat this!
I’ve been using this off and on since the summer and religiously for the last month or so since I used up by PTR Glycolic Acid moisturizer. When I was using it off and on I didn’t really see much in terms of results from it but now that I’ve been using it regularly, I notice a real difference in my skin. I notice a difference if I’m experiencing breakouts – the next morning they are greatly reduced. It also helps with healing any dry patches that inevitably start appearing at this time of year.
I always appreciate a moisturizer that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy; that factors in to why I’ve been enjoying this. I”m not big on using super intense, thick moisturizers on a regular basis (only when I feel my skin needs them) and this offers just the right amount of hydration.
I never thought I’d like the Beauty Blender as much as I do. It’s just a makeup sponge, right? Wrong! It’s definitely not your typical makeup sponge, it’s so much more than that! Not only does it apply my liquid foundation flawlessly, I’ve learned to use it to apply primer, mineral powder foundation, finishing powder, bronzer and blush. I’m not normally a fan of using one tool to apply my entire face, but this makes it possible to do that successfully. Not to mention the fact that I’ve been using this since March this year and it’s still in pretty much perfect condition. I know it says to replace them every 3 months but meh, I wash it regularly and there’s no signs of rips or tears in it, so why not?
After hearing rave reviews about Milani’s Luminoso, I figured it was time for me to give it a try. The problem: the only place that sells Milani products here was sold out when I went to purchase it. I was disappointed… until I saw Bella Rosa! This is described as a Matte Bright Raspberry Pink and it looked like such a gorgeous colour. I own nothing like it – so I figured I’d try it out. And I’m glad I did!
This is a INTENSE blush. Probably the most pigmented bush I’ve ever used. The only drawback with this is that I have to use what I can only describe as something even less than a light hand. I dip a fluffy blush brush ever so slightly into it and then I blend. And blend. And blend! Because I’m so pale I have to be really careful with this to avoid looking like a clown. So that would be the only drawback. But I’d much rather have a blush that’s too pigmented than one that is not pigmented enough. Thank goodness this is highly blendable!
I’m happy to report that I finally have Luminoso in my hot little hands – I’ve yet to use it but I’ll be reporting on it soon.
*Because this is so pigmented, I feel like this blush will last me until the day I die so I’m not likely to re-purchase it. But I would if i needed to!
I seriously dream about having texture in my hair. Most times it’s so fine, and flat and limp. So when I saw this as a Point Perk option at Sephora, I eagerly exchanged it for 100 points. And like most Living Proof products, it’s great. The sample size was big enough that I got 2 uses out of it (although I sprayed quite a bit of it throughout my hair both times) I sprayed this on damp hair and styled it as usual (loose curls with my curling iron) and the curls lasted much longer than usual. Plus I had extra volume and my hair just felt springy and bouncy. But it didn’t leave any sticky residue behind which is key!
The only thing I’m not a fan of is the price. I contemplated picking this up at the Sephora VIB Rouge sale but I actually found what I think might be a comparable option for less so I’m going to use that up first. But eventually I would like to try the full size of this. Or the travel size if I could find it in store.
I used to use the original Voluminious mascara religiously, until I think they changed the formula and it started flaking and smudging on me. I actually kind of like this one better because it gives me crazy volume and thickness. Must be the collagen in it? The brush is huge and fluffy which also helps.
A few drawbacks – the price! This is never on sale! It can be a little hard to find too – it’s usually hidden away at the bottom of L’oreal’s mascara displays. Also, if I apply to many coats of this, I do find that it flakes off a bit. But I tend to go a little crazy with coats of mascara. And lastly, it can definitely clump. A mascara comb is a necessity with this. I’m always willing to sacrifice a few clumps for thick lashes though.
Shampoo is such a source of frustration for me. If I find something I like, I can use it for a bit and then my hair either gets used to it or just all out rejects it and it stops being as fantastic as it once was. Well didn’t have to worry about that with this one because it didn’t work from day one. Zero volume. Lifeless hair. Wouldn’t hold style. Ironic given that it’s supposed to provide thicker, fuller hair. Fail. At least it was cheap?
When Philosophy first became available in Canada I was so excited. I mean, all of their scents just sound amazing, plus they include related recipes right on their bottle! I received a few bottles of their bubble bath a few years ago and I was largely unimpressed. While the scents were nice, it produced next to no bubbles and the scent disapated right after I poured it into my bath. Then my husband bought me this for Christmas last year. I figured I’d give it a try again and basically my opinion didn’t change. Nice scent in the bottle but lackluster in terms of an actual bubble bath.
Then one day I happened to read the back of the bottle. And came across this:
Caution: use only as directed. excessive use or prolonged exposure may cause irritation to the skin and urinary tract. discontinue use if rash, redness or itching occurs. consult your physician if irritation persists. keep out of reach of children.
To which I exclaimed WHAT??!??! WTF is in this stuff? I see that sodium laureth sulfate is listed as the second ingredient which I know isn’t great for you but is a pretty common ingredient in many shampoos and body washes. Beyond that there is a very long list of things that I couldn’t even attempt to announce, Perhaps these are common ingredients in many foam baths but the fact that there is an actual warning on the bottle makes me think there must be additional ingredients in here that aren’t in others. Upon doing a bit of research, I guess its widely known that bath products are known to cause urinary tract infections. The problem being, this is the only bubble bath that I’ve came across that actually has this warning on the product. Regardless, this has totally turned me off Philosophy products – not that I was a huge fan to begin with.
This is a foundation I purchased earlier last year and was using it regularly in combination with some other new products and I was experiencing some of the worst skin of my life. I was breaking out like crazy. So I stopped using all those products and tried introducing them back one at a time. In doing so, this got thrown back in my makeup drawer and I forgot about it. Then I re-discovered it a week ago and thought I might as well give it another try. I wore it ONCE. The next day I woke up to breakouts all over my chin. And not just regular, run of the mill breakouts. Painful, under the skin, cystic acne. So I don’t know what is in this that reacts with my skin so badly, but I could care less to find out. I don’t know what it is about Rimmel products but they just never work for me. I’m pretty much scared off of this brand now.
And that’s it! I didn’t have a chance to try too many new products this month, it was mostly things that I’ve been using for a while that I realized I needed to talk about. Which is a good thing because I like to make sure I’m making headway on the products I own prior to going out and purchasing more. What were your favorite products in October? Unfavorites? Have you tried any of these? Let me know below!