The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter

Cleansing balms are a bit of a big deal in the beauty world, particularly with the increasing popularity of face oils. I hadn’t tried a cleansing balm or butter before this one, but I had certainly tried oils. They’re great because they’re a one-stop-shop for all types of makeup removal, including waterproof mascara (which I use as a first coat).

I had never tried The Body Shop skincare, but I had heard good things about the Camomile Cleansing Butter – plus, it’s inexpensive, and for a first go at a type of product I don’t like to spend a ton of money. Read more!

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April Favourites

April Faves

Well look, it’s favourites time again!

April was a weird month for me. I spend 3 weeks out of 4 doing exams and only really finished two days ago. Also because of exams, I really didn’t have a ton of time to do beauty stuff (no matter how much I wanted to). That means that I’ve got few favourites this month, so that’ll keep this post short and sweet. Read more!

Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner

Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner

As a curly girl (who loosely follows the Curly Girl Method), I try to avoid shampoo with sulfates. This means that cleansing conditioner is my friend. Surprisingly, there are few of them at the drugstore; I don’t think there were any (to my knowledge) until Herbal Essences released their Naked line and revamped one of their colour care lines to include one.

The premise behind the Naked Cleansing Conditioner is that it has no parabens and no sulfates. It does have a little bit of silicone, but it’s far enough down on the ingredients list that I’m not worried about it. Read more!

Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm in “Black Tea and Blackberry”

Jack Black Lip Balm

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how I feel about lip balms.

I’m very picky about them. Recently, I’ve discovered that I don’t like a lip balm that’s a cream formula; that would explain why I didn’t get along with the Dior Crème de Rose or the Nuxe Rêve de Miel.

Gel or jellyish formulas, however, I’m good with. That explains why I love the Smith’s Rosebud Lip Salve so much. As much as I say that I’m never going to try another lip balm again, I can’t help it. So here I am. Read more!

The Birthday Wish List

Birthday Wishes

It feels like the year just started, but really, I turn 21 in three weeks.
My mom seems to have found my Christmas Wish List interesting and helpful, and she asked if I’d do a birthday version. So here we are. Read more!

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer

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I feel like now’s an appropriate time to start to discuss some of the things I picked up in the Sephora sale two weeks ago. I’ve had a good run with them and have generally had a chance to get my ideas together.

I was looking for a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer that had SPF, didn’t leave me oily and weird, and – perhaps most importantly – didn’t turn ashy on my skin.

Believe it or not, that combination is hard to find. Most tinted moisturizers and BB creams are designed for people much lighter than me. Throw in the requirement that it be matte, and it’s even harder to find. Read more!

The MAC Duo Edit

Two Most Used Eyeshadows

I have a lot of eyeshadows.

What can I say? I like to have options based on outfit, overall look, mood, season, and so on and so on.

I have primarily neutrals, with some pinks and purples – and even some greens! – thrown in there. But by far, my most used shadows are neutrals. I just find them most comfortable and flattering for me personally, and I know a lot of makeup-wearers – though by no means all – feel the same way.

Today I thought I’d share my two most used eyeshadows of all time: MAC’s Patina and Cork. Read more for details and swatches!

How I Clarify My Hair

Lush I Love Juice Shampoo

I do my best to avoid sulfates in my hair. Curly hair is dry as it is, and sulfates just strip it even more.

Why, then, would I use a product with sodium alkyl sulfate as the second ingredient? Simple: to clarify.

Even no poo heads need the poo every so often, especially if you continue to use products with light silicones in them, like I do. You can end up with product buildup that, try as it might, cleansing conditioners and no-lather shampoos just can’t cut through.

I’ll go in with an apple cider vinegar rinse whenever I wash my hair, but I find that even that doesn’t get my hair squeaky clean. So once every 4-6 weeks, I use Lush’s I Love Juicy Shampoo. Read more!

The Face Shop Konjac Cleansing Sponge

Konjac sponge

Maybe a year ago, Boscia released a konjac cleansing sponge that became a bit of a best seller at Sephora. It’s basically a sponge made of konjac root (also known as devil’s tongue jelly) that you can use to clean your face. Like so many effective and interesting beauty products, the konjac sponge got its start in Asia. Those factors combined had me instantly intrigued, but the price tag was discouraging. Really? $22 for a sponge that’s only supposed to last two months? No thanks.

But soon enough, knockoffs started to pop up everywhere. I saw Quo had one, and I saw them on eBay, too. The price was steadily coming down, but still not where I wanted it.

I was in The Face Shop the other day picking up some more delightful sheet masks when I spied a konjac sponge in the skincare tools section. The best part? It was $4. Bitchin’. Read more!

When Life Gives You Lemons…

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring in Ottawa and that’s got me in the mood for iced beverages.

Last summer was the summer of iced tea for me, but recently, I’ve been craving something different. I bought a lemon one day, and I always have strawberries in the freezer, so I decided to make my own strawberry lemonade. It’s super quick and easy, and you can make a whole bunch and put it in the fridge or just make it by the cup like I do. Read on for recipe!