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Friday, March 6, 2015

This, That & Other Stuff Vol. 4

this that & other stuff vol 4

I  am a list maker. It's just my nature. There is something so satisfying about making a list and then getting to cross things off *sighs* I get a little rush just thinking about it... A series of lists that are always growing are my TT&OS lists, wherein I pop anything I think would suit a mini review as opposed to a full-on, big girl, review or products that didn't quite work for me. It seemed about time to get to a few goodies- I don't think there is a single dud in this batch. So, read on for and other installment of This, That & Other Stuff. Read on!

dove dry spray mark naked love

I can't say that I've ever been excited about a deodorant launch, but the Dove Spray Antiperspirant most definitely changed that. The range currently has four scents. I opted for Revive which is a combo of pomegranate and lemon verbena which is bright, crisp and slightly fruity while still being fresh and light and never overpowering. What makes this different than other deodorants is the fact that this sprays on and feels completely dry. It's only the slightest bit cold on the skin- unlike traditional spray deodorants that give you an icy chill. Dove's take is also free of chemical cloud and instead provides a moisturization for soft and smooth underarms. I am a total fan of this formula as it's kind of fun to spray on and I find it works to keep me dry and fresh, plus, can't beat the way it leaves skin feeling (aka silky smooth).

The mark. bath and body range is always growing, and the newest addition Naked Love might just be their best yet. The mark. Naked Love range shares the Naked Love scent which combines apricot nectar, velvet freesia and skin musk to create an incredible, feminine, and fresh scent perfect for spring. I LOVE this scent! I've been using the body wash and hand cream but the range also includes body mist and body butter. Oh, and how cute is the soft pink packaging with graphic typography?! 

gud moonlit breeze body wash beauty so clean sally hansen cuticle rehab burts bees coconut pear lip balm

When it comes to shower gel, the first thing I do is give it a sniff. It's got to smell good, right? Gud from Burt's Bees Mango Moonbreeze Body Wash is an automatic winner in the scent department with it's tropical blend of mango and jasmine. The scent is bright and fruity but also has a soft floral smoothness which comes together perfectly. The formula, with a roster of natural and organic ingredients (also free of parabens. phthalates, and petrolatum) lathers well and leaves skin feeling totally clean but not stripped.

Chances are, if you're reading a beauty blog, you have a fairly sizable makeup collection. A stash of well curated products you've spent your hard earned cash on. Products you'd like to keep and not have end up going bad before you finish them. But, what can you do? Give them a spritz with Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist, that's what. Beauty So Clean is formulated with alcohol and emollients that work to disinfect all makeup products from creams to powders. I initially picked this up as a way to prolong the life of cream products, but I now use it weekly on almost everything since I'd like all of my products to last as long as possible and killing bacteria is a great way to start.  

It's winter, it makes sense that every inch of me is drier than normal, but lately my cuticles have been particularly problematic. They're dry and hang nails have been a constant accessory I'd rather not sport. To help get things back in check I've been reaching for Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab. The cuticle oil is in gel form, and housed in a brush on squeeze tube, which makes application easy, clean, and fast. The formula is enriched with vitamin E, jasmine, and rose extracts to calm and sooth angry skin. This has a subtle scent that is lightly sweet and kind of reminiscent of jasmine. I love how this doesn't feel oily on skin and absorbs pretty quickly while still providing great hydration.

Burt's Bees product range has expanded to include quite a few products, especially in the lip balm department, but until recently I've always stuck to the original mint version. I've changed my ways and am now kind of obsessed with the Burt's Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear. First, why hasn't anyone made any other coconut & pear products? Total match made in scent heaven! Burt does scents well, but this is just so good, partly because it's so natural. The coconut oil, pear extract and shea butter formula feels great on lips and gives a pretty intense level of hydration with a slightly sweet taste. 

nivea in shower moisturizer lancome miracle air de teint poshe nail polish reviver body shop smoky poppy

As mentioned, it only makes sense to have dry skin at this time of year, but you needn't suffer. Nivea has introduced a ingenious way to hydrate- in the shower! Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk is a lotion like cream that you slather on after cleansing and rinse off. It's a super simple concept, but it leaves skin feeling quite hydrated and silky smooth without any kind of residue or film. I was amazed at how my skin felt after just using this- I didn't need any other moisturizer! Nivea warns that this can make the bottom of your tub/shower a little slippery, but I didn't notice it to many any difference in my tub. Love this!

Every now and then, a surprise package will appear out of the blue from Lancome. In one such package I discovered Lancome Miracle Air de Teint. While the shade 03 Beige Diaphine is a few shades too dark for me, I am absolutely in love with the formula. We've seen quite a few ultra-light liquid foundations come out, and I have to admit, I have avoided most of them because my skin tends to be drier, but this is unlike anything I've tried. The formula is very light and liquidy, but is a little bit creamier in texture than some of the other liquid foundations I've tried. The formula doesn't transform to a powder, but instead creates a finish that is so undetectable on skin it's like magic. The coverage is on the lighter side, but can be build up to medium where needed. 

I always have a bottle of polish reviver on hand since you never know when your favourite polish or, more often, favourite top coat will have thickened. On my most recent re-stock, I spotted Poshe Polish Reviver and opted to try it as it's a fair bit cheaper than my usual Seche Vite restorer. I love the price point, but Poshe also comes in a more user friendly dropper style bottle. I find this works perfectly to restore thickened polishes/products back to their original state and doesn't change the formula. A must have for polish collectors. 

Okay, back to the dry winter skin, one last time. A dry skin staple, for me, has always been a body butter. Specifically the Body Shop Body Butter. My most recent being The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter. The scent is sultry and sexy without being too heavy. It's hard to describe, but it's got a velvety light musk element with a smoky subtle floral thing too. Not the best description, but I am very much a fan of it. The body butter formula is the thicker, richer one, and as such delivers fairly intense hydration.

Annd... that's that. Tried any of these products? Tried anything interesting lately?