Freshly minted: Battle of the mint polishes

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When it comes to spring nail colours, pastels rule.  And when it comes to pastels, mint shades will forever be my fave to rock.

So this brings me to today’s post.  No matter how many pinks you have or purples or blues, you’ll forever have a favourite.  Whether it’s the perfect shade, the perfect texture, the perfect brush or the longevity of the polish, there’s one shade that sticks out (for pinks, it’s OPI Mod About You). When it comes to mints, my forever favourite was Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, an iconic cult-worthy mint shade that bears some resemblance to Tiffany blue (swoon).  But then OPI introduced a heart-stopping mint shade in their Hawaii collection and that changed everything.

polishesThat’s Hula-rious is hands-down my fave from the spring 2015 Hawaii collection and a gorgeous mint creme polish.  This guys leans more towards the greener spectrum of the mint shades (whereas Essie’s Mint Candy Apple is more blue), but it’s certainly been a toss up in which mint to wear (#firstworldproblems).

Mint Candy AppleIs this corner we have Essie’s Mint Candy, an opaque Tiffany-blue mint which is so refreshing. It’s like Listerine for your nails. It’s clean, fresh, and perfect for any function (think baby shower, wedding shower, heck even a wedding).  It’s one of those shades that is so basic, but one that you can wear anywhere. The only downside is that I’m personally not a huge fan of Essie’s brush and the longevity of their polishes aren’t the greatest on my nails.  This one though is a staple for any collection.

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Overall, I do find OPI’s formula and brush to be better than Essies.  Their lacquers last longer on my nails and that ProWide brush does a better job of painting on the colour.  Although both shades are technically classified as a mint, they are different. OPI’s That’s Hula-rious! is more of an Easter-egg mint green, making is more season appropriate, whereas I find Mint Candy Apple can be worn really any time of the year. To be honest, it would be really tough choosing a favourite between the two since they are on different spectrums of the mint wheel.

Essie’s Mint Candy Apple is part of their regular line, whereas That’s Hula-rious is limited edition… for now. I feel like a shade like this one though would be something they would keep on in their permanent collection.

Do you have a favourite mint polish?

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Naturally smooth: New hair removal innovations from Nair

TitleThe terms “shed that winter coat” are definitely applicable in more ways than one.

Like lots of girls, the need to shave one’s legs isn’t really a top priority in the wintertime.  I mean, who is going to see my legs, right? But with summer coming up and my non-stop shopping addiction for cute clothes, I need to get these gams back in shape.

I’m usually a shaving girl, but once in a while I’ll wax my legs since the hair stays off way longer. New from Nair is the Argan Oil Ultimate Roll On Body Wax, Nair Argan Oil Ultimate Roll On Face Wax, Nair Cire Divine Argan Oil With Pain Reducer.

I’ve tried the Nair Candy Apple wax before and loved it so I was excited to try these guys out. I received the roll-on body wax, as well as the Divine Argan Oil with Pain Reducer.  So naturally, I called up my best friend and was like “grow your leg hair out and let’s wax them while watching the Kardashians” last Sunday.

So what sets these products aside are the fact that they are made with Moroccan Argan Oil, which has been all the rage for the past few years.  This oil is known for its moisturizing and nourishing qualities for the skin (and hair).  The new Nair formulations are made with a  breakthrough resin wax technology that adheres to the hair, but not the skin and can be washed away with just soap and water, without leaving a sticky residue.  As for the pain reducing wax, it contains a unique pro-sensitive complex that reduces the uncomfortable sensations associated with waxing.

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Since we had two different products to try out, I did one leg using the roll on and the other using the wax.  The roll-on comes with some reusable strips, whereas the wax dries fast, allowing you to pull it right off.

The Roll-On Moroccan Oil Rinseable Wax come in a handheld applicator that you roll on your legs.  The results are billed to last up to eight weeks, and the multi-position roll-on allows for a precise, even application.  The wax is infused with orange blossom and includes 10 reusable cloth strips.

I have a pretty high pain tolerance, so I wasn’t too worried about how much it would hurt. This one did hurt more than the pull-off wax one but I found it more convenient as opposed to the straight-up wax.  You microwave this product for 25 seconds and then it’s good to go. For the most part it took off the hair easily and best of all, was super easy to use. Between the two of us, we used up all the wax, but I would say you can get a couple uses out of it depending on the texture of the hair and how much of it you have.

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As for the peel-off wax, this guy comes in a giant tub with a – and I know it’s not called this – giant popsicle stick to apply the wax.  First you heat it up in the microwave for about two minutes and then apply the wax on your leg and pull it off.  This stuff was definitely more messy than the roll-on, and although I didn’t find it hurt at all really, it didn’t really do the best job of removing the hair.  With that being said, it did get some of the hair (surprising since you don’t really feel much), but if you are looking for something more heavy-duty (and easier to use/clean up), go with the roll on.

Overall, I was impressed by both of these products and I definitely recommend the roll on wax as opposed to the pull off one. If you wax your legs often, I would check it out.

Please note, this product was sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Crazy for curls: Pureology Curl Complete line

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So it’s no surprise that my favourite haircare line is Purelogy.  I’ve been using this brand for years and have tried most of their formulas.

For those not in the know, Pureology is a salon brand that uses high-quality colour care products that enhance radiance, dramatically improve hair condition and respect the environment, while delivering longer-lasting hair colour. I’m usually not a hair snob when it comes to what’s in my shampoo. As long as my hair looks, and most importantly, feels healthy and smooth, I’m a happy camper.

The brand recently introduced a new line to their already impressive lineup of products (which includes their incredibly expensive – but amazing – Nano Works system), Curl Complete.

Curl Complete, which includes six different products, has a unique de-stressing formula with coconut oil and their exclusive AntiFade Complex that erases frizz, reduces breakage, revives shape and illuminates shine.

The star product in the line is the coconut oil, which for the past few years has gotten so much hype.  It’s basically good for your body in a variety of different ways.  Since we’re talking hair though, this formula reduces breakage, replenishes moisture and helps erase frizz.  It also revives shape and extends the life of curls and waves.

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The line consists of:

  • Curl Complete Shampoo
  • Curl Complete Conditioner
  • Curl Complete Moisture Melt Masque – Deep conditioning to enhance definition and bounce.
  • Curl Complete Taming Butter- Leave-in styling cream instantly tames rebellious curls with frizz control, improved manageability and definition.
  • Curl Complete Uplifting Curl Treatment Styler – Light spray gel revives lifeless curls with enhanced definition and bounce without frizz.
  • Curl Complete Curl Extend Primer and Refresher – Dual formula locks in moisture and shape for lasting frizz control and curl memory

I received the entire line to review, but since I was born with naturally straight hair, I gave it to a curly-haired bestie to try out.

Jessica has thick hair with spiral curls. Usually she uses a cleanser shampoo on her hair, and found that the line actually worked the best on her curls when she used her regular shampoo as opposed to the one in the line.  When she used the shampoo and conditioner she said her curls looked amazing the first day but then the next day her hair felt heavy and started to look greasy, and by the third day her hair was so greasy it was unmanageable (and she’s one of those girls who wash their hair once or twice a week).

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Overall, she loves the products the most.  When she uses her regular shampoo with the styling products, her hair doesn’t grease up as much and her curls look like how they would with a wand curler.

I have always found Pureology products to do wonders for my hair, so keep in mind that everyone has different hair texture.  Just because she found the shampoo to give her greasy hair, doesn’t mean that everyone will experience that.  Plus, this particular line is especially amazing since it offers to many different hair products to choose from.

Are you going to try Pureology’s Curl Complete line?

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