Makeup remover is a must in anyone’s collection.
Liquids, creams, pads, cloths, oils, gels, you name it, there’s a variety of ways to take off a day’s worth of makeup. New to the game is the gel version of L’Oreal Paris’s popular Sublime Soft Micellar Gelee Eye Makeup Remover. In case you aren’t familiar with micellar solutions, they are cleaning waters which leaves skin clean, fresh and ready for serum and moisturizer. Technically you don’t have to go in with a cleanser after, but I always do. Hands down my favourite, and just about every other beauty blogger/YouTuber’s is the Bioderma version, which is quite pricey here in North America (I got two giant bottles for cheap in Paris that I’m currently working through). With that being said, L’Oreal Paris released a drugstore version of this miracle water last year and it’s a great dupe for the Bioderma (and less expensive to boot!).
So new to the game is the micellar gelee. Yes, it kinda defeats the purpose of being “water” since it’s a thicker solution, but it gives you another option of taking all your makeup off. This little guy (great size for travelling at 125 ml) ensures an ultra-efficient makeup removal experience without irritation, making it also safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It’s also fragrance free, alcohol free and hypoallergenic.
Overall I think this does a great job of removing makeup, but I do find that with the gel consistency, it makes it difficult to maneuver the cotton pad around to remove everything. The original, water formula provides a more smooth application. Between the two, I definitely prefer the original liquid formula better, but I mean that’s just personal preference. They both do a great job of removing makeup. But I also prefer the size of this guy since it’s nice and compact, so it’s a toss up.
If you are looking for something that removes makeup no problem, both formulas do a great job of that, so what it comes down to really is price (this retails for under $10 at Wal-Mart), but you get less than the original water formula.
Have you tried L’Oreal Paris’ Sublime Soft Micellar Gelee Eye Makeup Remover? What are your thoughts on micellar solutions?
Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.
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Let’s talk lips!
So I’m a typical girl, I have a billion lipsticks (mostly baby pinks and nudes), but it’s still never enough. There’s no such thing as having too many lip products in your collection. Being a blogger, I get to try a ton of different products, both high-end and drugstore. And, if there is one thing I’ve learned trying so many different products, it’s that just because it costs more doesn’t mean that it’s any better than it’s less expensive counterpart.
So this brings me to New York Color’s Expert Last lipsticks. Available in a ton of colours (pretty much a shade for everyone), these lipsticks deliver opaque pigment in just one swipe. Depending on the colour, the product lasts up to six hours (longer for the more pigmented shades, like red or coral).
I have five shades from the line, which coincidently is a nice shade range for the line. Obviously my faves are the nude and a baby pink, but I’ve rocked the coral on more than one occasion and the deep red is also very pretty. These are quite moisturizing once applied, however, I have paired them with a gloss for some extra lip comfort.
Swatches are below, but I have to say that I am quite impressed with these. The colour doesn’t feather or bleed, it’s not sheer (what you see is what you get), and you seriously can’t tell that the product is by a drugstore line. I believe that these are part of a matte line, however, there is some sheen to them, so if you are expecting a true matte, look for something else. I didn’t mind though, since I find matte lipsticks dry out my lips.
Overall, I would seriously check these out next time you are at Wal-Mart or Target (RIP Canadian Target ) or wherever you buy your makeup. Oh, and I didn’t even tell you the best part. These retail for under two dollars. UNDER TWO DOLLARS. For one. Guys, a MAC lipstick is $19 Canadian. You can basically get the whole NYC Lip Expert line for one MAC lipstick. Even if you’re on the fence about these, just get one to see how amazing they are. Don’t like it? Doubt it, but it will have cost you less than a grande skinny vanilla latte at Starbucks.
Have you tried NYC’s Lip Expert Lipsticks?
Please note, I was sent these products by PR. All opinions are my own.
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Blowdrying, curling, you name it, your hair goes through a lot. Let’s be real here, heat styling is the bomb.com. I don’t usually just let my hair go au natural. So naturally, I need a little help to keep my locks in check.
Enter L’Oreal Professionnell’s new styling products. First up is their new Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice, the first protective oil-in-cream for blow drying. This product, as part of their mega-popular Mythic Oil line, has the highest thermo-protection on the market at 230 degrees Celsius (446 degrees F). The secret ingredient in the formula? Black cumin oil. This traditional Arabic and Chinese medicine soothes inflammations and sunburns and stimulates the immune system, as well as being anti-inflammatory.
In case you weren’t familiar with L’Oreal Professionnel’s original Mythic Oil, it’s a nourishing hair oil to treat, tame, and illuminate hair, leaving strands smooth, supple and infused with condition and shine.
I apply this particular product (which retails for C$26) to damp hair after my split-end tamer and another serum (either the L’Oreal Professionnel Lipidium Absolute or Pureology). Make sure to keep this away from the roots, instead focusing on the ends and mid-shaft of your hair. I have noticed that my hair is smooth and soft and looks shiny when I curl it. Best of all, and especially the most important, my hair looks and feels healthy. Sometimes with hot tools and bad weather (AKA winter), it can look dry and dull.
After using the Mythic Oil product, I’ve been reaching for L’Oreal Professionnel Dual Stylers by Techni.Art Liss & Pump-Up. This gel product is also new and has completely replaced my volumizing mousse.
The duo bodying cream and gel plumps hair by the gel Intra-cyclane product in it, while also leaving you with a velvety blow dry. As a result, styling become easier, there’s anti-static protection ( a must during this time of the year), and adds shine. Best of all, it plumps your hair with two-times more volume, adds body and heat protection and has humidity protection. I apply this to my roots prior to blow-drying my hair, making sure to lift the hair at the root.
Liss & Pump-Up (C$26) is part of a three-product line, which also includes Sleek & Swing and Bouncy & Tender.
Sleek & Swing is also a cream and gel formula that drastically devolumizes, but adds fluid movement. You get less volume with this product and sleek, flexible strands. It leaves you with easy combing and brushing and adds shine. You also get long-lasting malleability and frizz protection and heat protection.
Bouncy & Tender leaves you with bouncy curls and a voluptuous touch. You get defined curls with softness and shine, as well as hydration and definition.
All three products are a gel and cream formula, which you combine together prior to applying to your hair. My favourite is definitely Liss & Pump Up, since I usually rock volumized hair. Very rarely will I want a sleek look, and I don’t have curly hair, so I passed it along to a curly-haired bestie for her thoughts (and she has crazy curly hair). The real draw for me with these products are the fact that they offer so much more than volume, sleekness or bounce. You get anti-static, frizz protection, heat protection, elasticity, and so much more. Essentially, it’s like five styling products in one, all for $26 each. Total score.
I do have a lot of hair products in my collection, but these ones have definitely been in my regular rotation since I got them, and I would definitely check out your local L’Oreal Professionnel salon to pick these up.
What are your hair concerns?
Also, don’t forget to enter my P&G Beauty spring giveaway.
Please note, this post contains products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.
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