May 12, 2014

May Empties

Hello Beauty Friends!

This is my FIRST empties post - exciting!

Here are the products that I've emptied recently.  Lots of skincare as you can see - since that's what tends to get used up the most.  I'm not sure if I've ever used up a makeup product actually?  Well - maybe mascara and concealer.

This is a product I purchase over and over again.  It is my favourite nail polish remover.  I re-apply my polish at least weekly so I go through quite a lot of this stuff.  This one is moisturizing and doesn't smell nearly as strong as some other kinds.  And it WORKS!  I buy mine from nailpolishcanada.  Occasionally I find some at Trade Secrets but they don't have a consistent supply (which is very annoying by the way).

I am plagued by dry and itchy skin on my legs in the winter.  I feel like a lizard sometimes!  I go through lots of tubes of this stuff.  It does help.  I always have some on my nightstand and I moisturize every night.  It is only $10 at  GREAT value for money especially as I go through so much of it.  This is definitely a night-time moisturizer.  I feel a bit too sticky to wear it during the day.

I bought this kind of on a whim from Sephora.  I used it most of the winter.  We had a horrible winter here in Ontario - very cold and harsh.  I THINK this helped my skin but I couldn't really say for sure.  It certainly didn't do any harm, but I couldn't say that I saw any specific benefits from it either.  At $52 I won't be re-purchasing.

I have used Clinique skincare products FOREVER.  I love them.  And they love my skin.  I have used most if not all of their eye products at some time or another.  This one is my go-to daytime eye cream.  It has a light tint to it and a cooling metal tip.  I put it under my eyes before my foundation and I don't need to conceal afterwards.  It is a really nice product and I'll definitely re-purchase.

I have used Clinique All About Eyes for a very long time.  Without a doubt this product helps minimize any puffiness or dark circles under my eyes.  They released the rich version a few years ago - and it is lovely as well.  This is my go-to nighttime eye cream and I will definitely re-purchase.  I'll be 40 next year and I don't have any lines or wrinkles around my eyes at all.  I'm sure that it is in part thanks to my Clinique skincare products.

Last but not least is La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.  This is WELL renowned by beauty bloggers and skincare addicts alike.  I purchase it at Shoppers Drug Mart for $26 and you can order it online at for the same price.  This is my go-to daytime moisturizer.  At least, that is how I use it.  It is described as a treatment for acne prone skin.  I find that if I use it under my makeup it stops my pores from getting congested and it prevents any breakouts.  I have very sensitive skin that easily breaks out from lots of makeup or skincare products.  If I didn't protect my skin underneath my makeup, it would be a spotty mess by the end of the day.  This stuff is just awesome.  I've gone through a few tubes!

Hope this gave you some tips on skincare products if you are in the market!


May 9, 2014

Aviendo Natural - New Skincare Company!

Hello Beauty Friends!

Aviendo Natural is a new skincare company in Denmark.  Their premise is all natural, high quality ingredients to take care of your skin.

I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review some of their products and share my thoughts with you!

I received a day face cream and a toner - two of my favourite types of skincare products as it happens!

AVIENDO natural day face cream

This day face cream is designed to moisturize, firm, and soothe the skin while protecting it from damage.  It contains Shea Butter and Aloe Vera both of which have MANY benefits for the skin.  It does not contain fragrance, irritants or mineral oils.

First Impressions:  The cream is nice and light.  It absorbs quickly.  There is no added fragrance so you smell the ingredients - it smells a bit like tap water.  It goes away as it absorbs - which is very quickly.  I felt a little tightening in the cheeks but not drying.  I had no problem putting my usual primer and foundation over it.  That is usually my biggest challenge with day creams so I am impressed!  I did not feel greasy or sticky or like I had a lot of product on my face.

AVIENDO natural aloe vera soothing face toner

This alcohol-free toner is designed for cleansing and moisturizing the skin.  It can be used daily on all skin types, including sensitive skin.  It is designed for use after cleansing to soothe and re-balance the skin prior to moisturizing.

First impressions:  The dispenser is a pump, not a spray, which dispenses a tiny amount.  I had to pump quite a few times to get enough product on my cotton pad.  It is very, very gentle!  It feels like water - and smells a bit like tap water.  It honestly feels like putting water on your face.  But it definitely removed some residue after cleansing my face - so I can tell that it is working.  It just left a nice refreshing clean feeling, no tingling or dryness at all.  Very nice!  I've used it morning and night after cleansing and really like it so far!

Aviendo is a BRAND new company based in Denmark and the products are not yet launched!  I cannot provide any purchasing details just yet - but be sure to check out their website.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I'm very excited to start using these lovely products - and I will let you know shortly how they work out for me!

May 8, 2014

Bourjois Java Rice Powder

Hello Beauty Friends!

This is a powder I'd been wanting for AGES but couldn't find anywhere.

Finally I found it at my local Shoppers Drug Mart!

Bourjois Java Rice Powder

Can you believe that Bourjois has been selling this finishing powder since 1879?  They recently re-vamped it and brought out this adorable vintage packaging.

I read about it on so many beauty blogs and really wanted to try it out myself - so was pretty happy to find it.  It was $20 - so pretty average I think.  It's a loose powder that has a sifter which you can close.

I'm not crazy about the dispensing.  It is a big tricky to work with as it doesn't have a fine sieve on it.  So you have to be sure and tap off your excess powder.  I've been applying it with my MAC 134 powder brush.

It is a nice natural finish with just a hint of pink (which I assume is where they get the "brightening" claim).  It is not shimmery at all on my skin although it does have the tiniest shimmer particles.  It is fine enough that it doesn't crease my under eye concealer.  It is not drying to the skin either which is great.

Apparently this is limited edition - so be sure and grab it while you can!