January Get it or Forget it

Don’t forget to check out our Favourites for 2014 and we hope that we’ll be seeing you tonight at our Blogiversary Party!

Chris

Cherimoya Flora 4-toned Mineral Blush

I live for blush – especially in the wintertime. I basically never leave home without it. More than that, I love vibrant colours. So what was I supposed to do when I came across this at the store?

cherimoya flora 4-toned mineral blush (1)    cherimoya flora 4-toned mineral blush (2)

 Get it, right? Good, I’m glad we’re on the same page.

Granted, I knew nothing about the brand but the colours were just too good to pass up. Plus, it was only $7.99. Done. You’re coming home with me, oversized blush palette! Once at home, I read about the brand and I love how simple their products are, offering one or two options in each category.

 Cherimoya

 How pretty are these?

The blush is very pigmented, which is a pleasant surprise (I wasn’t expecting much at that price). It blends/matches nicely with my skintone, and looks fresh all day. And I like having the 4 options right at my fingertips – literally. I like to think of the top 2 (lighter) shades as everyday colours, and bottom 2 deeper shades (especially that red) as night-out shades.

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Okay, who am I fooling? I wear whichever, whenever but I welcome my thought process. Don’t you?

If you like wearing blush but don’t want to break the bank for a MAC or Nars blush and you see this brand at your local store – pick it up! This gets a huge GET IT!

 L’Oreal Colour Riche Press-on nails

 

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Now, I’ve said time and time again that I love L’Oreal products. *Love*. As someone who struggles with maintaining my nails, I welcome any kind of alternative. I want the pretty without the work; the struggle is especially real during the winter. I’ve thought about press-ons to give them a break, and alas these guys were on sale at Shoppers.

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The design wasn’t quite up my alley, but they were $4 and I’m a blogger after all. The instructions were simple enough with the usual 3-step procedure: find the nail that fits, place the adhesive, press the nail on and hold down until you feel it has been secured. Repeat 9 more times. Simple.

loreal colour riche press-ons (2)    loreal colour riche press-ons (3)

 I didn’t understand why there were gaps in the design on the thumbnails and thought maybe I had gotten a faulty package. Upon further research on instagram, that seems to be intentional. O…..kay. They felt secure and looked really cute, and I was like OKKKKKKK go ‘head….then one came off about an hour later. Thankfully there were extras, so I fixed that and carried on. No casualties while I slept. Good… Until it was time to shower. After my shower, I looked down at my nails and there were like only 3-4 in total left in tact. No bueno. So this was me:

Fresh Prince stuck in the basement

Although these would be nice to change it up for one-time use at a special occasion (like a wedding), they should last longer considering the cost (original price is around $15.99). They can’t go beyond the one-day, one-time use, so this product gets a FORGET IT.

Ash

Glam Glow Super Cleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser

I love my Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment. You can read all about it HERE. It really is the bee’s knees. And you know that to be true because there is no way that I would continue to spend $69 on 1.2 ounces of product unless I were crazy in love. I also really enjoy the Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment. So, colour me excited when I heard that Glam Glow was releasing a duo of cleansers to correspond with these two awesome products. Because my skin tends to lean more on the oily /combination side of things I decided to try the Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser rather than the hydrating one.

Glam Glow Supercleanse

Based on the top selling Supermud Clearing Treatment, Supercleanse is the natural next step in the super family for problematic skin. The revolutionary daily cleanser transforms from mud into a foaming lather to dissolve oil and makeup—rinsing away pore-clogging debris and impurities. It’s designed to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and create a matte, super clear complexion.

In a consumer use study on 100 individuals:

– 97% agree SUPERCLEANSE absorbs pore clogging oils

– 90% agree there is a visible improvement of the clarity in their skin

Sounds fantastic. I was excited to give it a try.

I followed the suggested directions that said to apply one to two pumps onto fingertips; apply gently over dry face and then with remaining product left on hands, lightly add water to hands and vigorously rub together to start the foaming lather. Then I rinse thoroughly with warm water and gently pat my face dry with a towel.

So what’s the verdict? This cleanser is fine. It removed makeup but I truly can’t say that my skin felt as squeaky clean as it does when I use my regular Vichy Normaderm cleanser. A small thing, but I also find that I prefer to use a cleanser that can be used on a wet face in the shower.

My friend had some issues with the other Glam Glow cleanser being too harsh for her skin. If that were the case with the hydrating one, I expected this one to be uber harsh, but luckily it was not on my skin. As far as it contributing to skin clarity and oil reduction, I have not seen much of a difference but it could be that I have not used it for a long enough period of time, and I don’t know that I ever will.

Supercleanse is an ok cleanser, but I expect a company with such great products as Supermud and Thirstymud to wow me a little more. A cleanser with a $49 price tag should be more than just a, “Meh.” FORGET IT!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

 *Insert T-Pain auto tune voice here* I’m in love with a bronzerrrrrr. ♫

Have I given away my Get it or Forget it decision already? Yeah, well…it’s a matte bronzer that smells like cake. Was there any doubt?

Too Faced Cosmetics has been receiving a great deal of attention for their chocolate bar line of cosmetics. I was tardy to the party as I often am with such things because I was already using products that I know and love. In fact, when I first got my hands on the Chocolate Soleil, I didn’t even try it for weeks because I thought I would never prefer it over my NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny or Nars Laguna. Wrong.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder makes getting glam-and-tan downright delicious. Too Faced combines the natural, therapeutic effects of real cocoa powder with their signature bronzing pigments, creating a unique matte bronzer that neutralizes red and evens out and enhances all skin tones. The complexion is left with a flawless finish, a gorgeous radiance, and a subtly sweet scent.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Ok, so first of all, when you swirl your brush around in this product it smells like delicious, yummy, chocolate heaven. It’s a great pick-me-up as I can’t help but feel good when the sweet but not overpowering scent hits my nose.

In addition to huffing this (just kidding), it’s also an amazing bronzer! The colour is the perfect deep brown with a touch of red to warm up my face. It has no shimmer or sparkle, which I prefer as shimmery bronzers tend to look shiny and unnatural on my face. I love applying the Chocolate Soleil with a duo fiber brush to the hollows of my cheeks and perimeter of my face in order to add some colour and definition. I have also used it to contour and as eye shadow!

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I had a brief moment of panic when I thought the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer may be breaking me out, but I continued with it and my skin is in great shape now so I am relieved to keep this in my beauty arsenal. This will certainly be my new bronzer of choice. GET IT!

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