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Friday, November 7, 2014

This, That & Other Stuff Vol. 1

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I have a new musical obsession. Just one song (this one) but I can't stop listening to it. I have a feeling I'll end up hating it a few days if I keep it on replay much longer, but it's all I want to listen to. You could say it's the official soundtrack of this post and the new 'series' this post represents. I've had a pile of products I wanted to mention, but didn't really think they worked as full reviews on their own. I wasn't quite sure what to do with them, until it became obviously clear- put them all together, duh. Thus, This, That & Other Stuff came to be. My list for this post was getting pretty long, so I decided it was tome to get volume one out to the world. Read on!

this that & other stuff- alba mai tai body wash, true blue green tea mask

If you are like me, and enjoy a sweet shower scent, then Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash in Revitalizing Mai Tai is a must have. It's got an incredibly realistic fruit punch scent that smells so good you can't help but think about giving it a little taste. The scent is actually quite similar to Philosophy Italian Cherry Soda (LE) but without the spicy notes. The formula is free from pretty much everything- Artificial Colors, Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Methyl Sulfate.

I cleared out my skincare stash not too long ago, and from the depths came True Blue Spa Green Tea Fizzy Foaming Face Mask. While I know I didn't buy this all that long ago, it seems like it's no longer available on the Bath & Body Works website. It's still available from quite a few sites and is likely still available at B&BW outlets, so I thought it was worth a mention. This is a cleansing mask that oxygenates on skin. It goes on as a cream, but transforms into a fizzy mask after a few moments. While I have trouble leaving it on for the whole five minutes- it tickles!- I do love how this leaves my skin feeling fresh, cleansed, and awake. I wouldn't call it an essential item, but I do love it, and it's a great mask to use first thing in the morning.

this that & other stuff- avon moisture therapy balm, nair spa clay wax strips, amie bright eyes makeup remover

While flipping through an Avon book, I spotted the new Avon Moisture Therapy Calming Relief Balm. I have used most of the products in the Oatmeal range, but have to say I think this might be my favourite. It's solid, scent free balm that works to hydrate and sooth dry, itchy skin. I love that it's so easy to swipe on dry spots- like elbows, feet, and anywhere actually. The balm absorbs pretty quickly and isn't greasy or heavy feeling.

On my 'to try' pile for way too long was this box of Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Wax Strips for Face & Bikini. My main reason? I was scared. Not going to lie. I've always feared wax and as such have been a plucker and shaver, but these have totally changed my mind. I've used these for my eyebrows- not brave enough to go near the ol' bikini line just yet- and was really pleased with the results and how little pain was involved. These hurt less than plucking and makes the process faster now that I know what to expect. The strips come two back to back that you heat up by rubbing in your palms. The strips are at the right temperature when the Nair logo disappears and then you're ready to wax. The box comes with two sizes- large for body and small for face- but you can easily cut them to adjust for your needs. 

One product you really can't ever have too much of is makeup remover. I always have a back up or two on hand, so I was quite happy to test Amie Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. Like many removers this won't remove waterproof mascara, but it does cut through other makeup (even longwearing formulas) with ease. I found it removed everything easily and gently without the need to rub or pull on delicate skin. The formula leaves skin feeling refreshed and is even lightly hydrating thanks to camomile, cucumber and white grape water. Good stuff!

this that & other stuff- eos vanilla mint, mark forest green, avon lavender diamond

this that & other stuff- avon lavender diamond and mark forest green

this that & other stuff- avon lavender diamond

While I'll be totally honest and state that I don't find Eos Visibly Soft Sphere Lip Balms to be all that special in formula- they don't hydrate or treat as well as I'd like- I go get their appeal. It's their cute little round shape that makes them so novel. Add the swirled packaging of the two new flavours to the mix and how can you resist? Of the two there is Vanilla Coconut Milk and Vanilla Mint. Vanilla Mint has a nice minty scent with just a hint of creamy vanilla. I don't find the formula to be any different from previous ones I've used, but these do give a little hydration and are fine for day to day use if you don't have particularly dry lips.

Cream eyeshadows are a really hit or miss product for me, so I'm happy to report how great the Mark All Time Hook Up Longwear Eyeshadow in Forest Green is. The formula is a bit wet feeling, and not as creamy as you might expect, but it dries down to a budge proof finish that wears all day! I loved that this was so easy to blend out and found that you could do do without loosing all of the pigmentation. The Forest Green shade is a golden, almost olive green shade that is slightly metallic and shimmery, but less glittery and more of a golden glow within the shade. It's gorgeous as a wash on the lid on it's own, but it also makes for an excellent base.

I love a little purple lip, so I was instantly drawn to Avon Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in Lavender Diamond. After a quick Googling, and not being able to find a decent swatch I decided I didn't need it. But, I obviously didn't listen and ended up adding it to my last order. Ooops? The shade is from the Sparkle formula, an as such does have a healthy dose of shimmer, but isn't too over the top and doesn't have a rough or gritty glitter texture. The shade is fairly sheer, but does give a slight wash of a pale pink-lavender shade. I would have liked a bit more colour, but the shimmer does catch the light quite nicely.

And there you have it. What's your take on mini reviews? I'm thinking This, That & Other stuff might just become a regular thing as it's the perfect way to get odds and ends posted. Yay or nay? Tried any of these products? Thoughts?