Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: The Body Shop's Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

This night lotion is supposed to improve the appearance of blemish-damaged skin, control oiliness and moisturize. For 18.00, it's quite pricy, but The Body Shop often has sales, so it is possible to purchase this lotion for much less. Tea tree oil is a well known, natural oil that works wonders on blemishes and dries them out. This lotion is extremely light, and sinks into the skin very rapidly. If you have dry skin, you will probably need extra moisturizing.


I used this lotion for a few weeks before stopping, and honestly I haven't seen a difference in my skin since then. It's no better, no worse. Initially, my acne scars did fade quite a bit, but it only took a few days of usage until the scars had faded to a maximum. After that, the lotion had little to no effect on my skin. It was so light, that I had to layer an extra moisturizer on top, which made this lotion pretty useless in my opinion.


PROS:
Lightens acne scars
Doesn't break me out

CONS:
Very light, and not moisturizing enough for me
Didn't help with under the skin bumps or blackheads

FINAL THOUGHTS:
In my opinion, this product would work nicely for someone who has oily skin, white heads, and acne scarring. I have extremely dry skin, under the skin bumps, and very few acne scars, so I did not notice an extreme difference. I will say that my acne scars did fade a bit, but it's not enough of an improvement that would make me want to repurchase the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion.

xx Cynthia

Friday, July 18, 2014

On my nails: Maybelline New York's Coral Crush

Today is another sunny day, and I wanted my nails to reflect that! I chose to go with a lovely pinkish coral, that I picked up recently when the Maybelline New York Color Show polishes were on sale for 2.50 $ each at my local Pharmaprix. The formula wasn't the best, and this definitely required 3 coats. The drying time was pretty long, in my opinion. Overall, I think that Coral Crush is a beautiful colour, with a formula that one could expect from a polish of this price point.


This is the perfect colour for summer, and I think it would look so pretty with a tan! Hopefully I will get to work on getting one this weekend ^-^. I wish you all a lovely day!

xx Cynthia


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Witchcraft mini cures

This is a 3 piece kit that includes cuticle oil serum, a 4-in-1 total care product, and a protein hardener. If you have read my Sally Hansen Maximum Strength review, you'll know that I've always had trouble with my nails being flaky and not growing. Although the Sally Hansen product does work quite well, it definitely is not a perfect product. When I saw this three piece kit on sale for 3.99 at my local Pharmaprix, I just couldn't resist trying something new in the hopes of getting stronger, longer nails. Normally this kit would have cost 12 dollars.




Witchcraft is a Canadian brand, but I had never yet tried any of their products. Now I have only been using these products for a little over a week, and because of a gardening incident, I had to cut my nails to their shortest. However, the results are already quite apparent. My nails have been growing out stronger, and I can see this little kit being a good investment already.

What I have been doing is using the cuticle oil by massaging it into my nails and cuticles. This oil is made of almond oil, and is very fast absorbing. Then, I apply a thin coat of the protein hardener. This product goes on clear, and is very fast drying. I finish it off with a thin coat of the 4-in-1 total care product. This product can be used as both a base coat, and a top coat! This information can all be found on the Witchcraft website.

PROS:
You get a good size sample of three products
Formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene free (linked to cancer & other health problems)
Cuticle oil is fast absorbing
Protein hardener and 4-in-1 total care are both fast drying and dry clear

CONS:
There is almost no information on the box itself, I had to look up what the 4-in-1 total care product did on the Witchcraft website

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I like how this small kit includes three products that work well together, and that I might not have otherwise tried were they not included. These products are available in full size, so if you really like them you can purchase them once you run out. However, I have a feeling that even though the bottles are pretty small, they will last a long time.

xx Cynthia


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pineapple Dairy Bars : Summer Treat

With the crazy hot and humid weather we've been having these days in Quebec, I thought I would mention the latest treat that I've been eating to help stay cool. It's Del Monte's Real Fruit Creamy Pineapple bars. It's basically an ice cream bar with little chunks of pineapple. It's surprisingly good, and at only 50 calories each, you don't feel so guilty if you find yourself eating two, or three.



My only complaint is that the pineapple really tastes like the canned type. Del Monte makes canned fruit, so I guess I should have expected that -_-.


I hope everyone is having a lovely summer!

xx Cynthia