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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: Montagne Jeunesse Green Tea Peel Off Mask

Montagne Jeunesse range of delightful masques will beautify you from top to toe! All Montagne Jeunesse products are made with all natural ingredients whenever possible, staying away from harmful chemicals and additives. We pulp, crush, squeeze, juice and extract all of the goodness of nature's fruits and flowers to help make you beautiful. All products are vegetarian, never tested on animals or use suppliers who have, and are as green and eco-friendly as possible.

Montagne Jeunesse is the largest brand of beauty masques in the world with over 50 fun, pampering treats. These affordably priced products are the perfect pick-me-up treat.

I was recently sent a few items to review from FarleyCo and it included a bunch of Montange Jeunesse masks. I have used these before and have yet to find one I didn't like. When ever I see them I just buy one of each; at $1.99 why not?

There were a few I was really excited to try, but I went with the Green Tea Peel first because it was the only peel in the selection I got and I love peels. It sounds kind of gross, but there is something so enjoyable about peeling the film off when peels dry.

ingredients and the DO NOT EAT warning

Montagne Jeunesse Squeezed Lemon, Green Tea & Ginger Masque. Detox & Pore Cleanse with our new Green Tea Peel Off Masque for a deep cleansed, toned complexion. Experience the well being of natural minerals, young Green Tea, root Ginger and reviving properties of squeezed Lemon to uplift and refresh skin.

Helps deep cleanse your pores, remove oil and dirt and peel to reveal healthier, younger looking skin.
* Suitable For Vegans
* Gluten Free
* Dairy Free
* Nut Derivative Free
* No Added Parabens

To use this mask you simply cleanse and dry your face then apply it. The mask is a thick syrup like substance (think honey) and it had a fresh slightly lemony scent. It was on the thick side but it was easy to spread on. There was enough product in the packet to apply it to my entire face and a part way down my neck. I was careful not to get the mask on any areas of my face with hair as I wasn't sure if it would really dry on and end up ripping out hair (ouch!) I am happy to report it didn't (because I wasn't nearly as careful as I thought I was.)

My "second skin"

The package says to leave the mask to dry for about 15-20 minutes, but I think it was more like 30 by the time it was fully dry and ready to peel. As the mask dried on my face I could feel it getting tighter, but not in an alarming way. I've used masks before that got so tight it was scary. Anyway, when this dried, you could see it starting to lift away around the edges (it looked like a peeling sunburn.) True to the claim on the packet it was easy to peel. I started from the loose edge around my mouth and it was smooth sailing. Once I had peeled my peel I was happily disgusted to see that it did remove "impurities" (ie. gross things) from my face- nose in particular. My skin felt and looked great. I highly recommend this peel, it's fast and it works. What more could you want... well it could do laundry and dishes, but I doubt they could fit all that in the little packets...

Have you ever used a Montagne Jeuness mask? What did you think?

Deal Spotted: Spectro Jel Combo

I hopped into the Real Canadian Superstore over the weekend, during their tax free event- I say hopped because it was so crazy busy and tourist-y that I left as fast as I went in- but I did spot a great deal.

For $10.99 I snagged Spectro Jel Cleanser and Moisturizer. I grabbed the Blemish Prone variety, but they had two others available as well. My skin and I have been in a tug of war lately (I'm currently winning... for now) so maybe this can be a useful ally. I've used the one for dry skin and love it. For those who haven't heard of it it is a super mild cleanser free of all the "bad stuff" that can irritate skin. I've never used their moisturizer, but I would assume it will be as good as the cleanser.

Anyone spotted any great deals? What is your go to cleanser/moisturizer when you skin is misbehaving?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Smashbox High Definition Concealer


Somethings I can stop myself from buying, like the 48th lip gloss I don't really need. But lately, foundations and concealers have not been those things. I justify it by the fact that I use it everyday, but I use lip gloss everyday too. That says a lot about my reasoning skills right there.

Precision tip applicator

"Smashbox High Definition Concealer covers imperfections and dark circles with a weightless, good-for-your-skin liquid formula that leaves a natural finish and provides buildable coverage. Cell-energizing Ribose renews the appearance of skin, and soft focus pearls deflect light to minimize the appearance of blemishes and fine lines."

I picked up this concealer from Sephora when I made my birthday haul. At $18 USD the price is pretty good, so I figured I'd try it out. I must say I don't buy the whole high def mumbo-jumbo, but I do like this concealer. It wasn't love at first application however. First off, I didn't read the tube (who knew concealer came with instructions?) which stated it was necessary to shake well before using, and it came running out in a separated watery mess. Like many oil free products, this can separate a bit and does require a shake every now and then. The problem there is that the tube doesn't really let the product shake very well, so you have to take the cap off and half squeeze the tube and shake at the same time to actually get any results.

Left: blended, Right: dabbed

The texture of this concealer is... well it is thicker than a liquid but not thick enough to be a cream. A creamy liquid. It is quite creamy and while I think I prefer a full on thicker consistency cream concealer, this is very easy to work with once you get used to it. For under my eyes I found it only takes a little dab of this to get the job done. I like to squeeze a little bit out onto a concealer brush and dab it on. I then use my finger to lightly pat it out, blending slightly then let it dry down a bit. I finish with a bit of powder and I'm all set. My biggest problem when I started using it was that I was trying to put too much on and it was creasing and not blending and being generally unruly. I mainly use this for under my eyes, but it does cover blemishes really well as well. Tip: squeeze gently! While this has a very fancy looking tip, I find too much is released.

The shade selection is great... if you happen to fall into the light category. There are three light varieties and three for everyone else. I would say anyone with darker skin might have a hard time finding a match.

Overall I am pretty happy with this concealer, it doesn't crease on me (when set with powder) and it isn't drying. The "soft focus pearls" they mention aren't visible (ie no glitter bombs, not even any visible shimmer) and it looks natural once on. I'd recommend this to anyone with dry skin as I have found this to be one of the best in terms of not looking cakey or dry.

Have you tried this concealer? Which concealer is your HG?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NOTD: China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint

Yesterday, I posted my China Glaze haul here and I wasted no time trying one of them. I was tempted to do skittles because I really didn't know which colour I wanted first, but I reigned myself in and went with Re-Fresh Mint.

Re-Fresh Mint has been around for a while now, and is definitely a popular choice from the Up and Away Collection. It is a pale minty cream shade that is a gorgeous! I was tempted to buy this when it first came out, but I didn't think I'd ever wear pastels... what was I thinking?

The formula on this was the same as Something Sweet- a bit on the thick side. It was difficult to keep thin coats, but it evened out to a smooth finish and only took two coats for opacity.

Do you have a favourite mint green polish?

June/July Luxe Box

Yes, you read that right. June and July. Together. I never got around to posting my June Luxe Box mainly because there was an oil spill. One of the products leaked an made quite a mess. They were nice enough to send me a replacement of the product in my July Luxe Box.

My June Luxe Box included Joico's K-Pack Colour Therapy Styling Oil (the culprit that leaked), Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash, Laura Mercier Eye Colour -in Sandstone, and two Dermalogica samples for men (for father's day) which I gave to a friend.

The highlight of the June box was by far the Laura Mercier eyeshadow, which is full size (retails for $22) It is a really versatile natural peachy shade that you can use as a highlight, on the lid or in on your inner eye. It is so smooth and blends beautifully.

July Luxe Box

The July Luxe Box included a sample vial of Stella In Two Peony perfume, Essie nail polish in Kisses & Bises, Truco Liner* in Divinity, and Consonant eye and face creams.

Now, the Truco liner... the little menu from Luxe Box says it is an eyeliner, but the pencil in the photo is long and slender, my penicil is stubby and the shade and texture tell me it is a lip liner. I I've tried finding information on the brand, but my searches have all been fruitless. Anyone know anything about the brand?

Kisses & Bises

The Essie polish is full size, awesome, but the colour is kind of a dud in my opinion. I got Kisses & Bises (what?) which is a sheer iridescent pearl, that looks like it would have flashes of pink, lilac, and green. I guess it would be an okay neutral, I just can't see myself reaching for it very often.

Do you receive any sort of sample subscription service? Have you gotten any amazing items?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

China Glaze Haul (and an OPI too!)

I've been on a China Glaze kick lately, especially the Up and Away collection. My order of the last few I wanted arrived a day or so ago. From left to right I got: Something Sweet, Re-Fresh Mint, Flyin' High, Four Leaf Clover and Grape Pop. I now have the majority of the collection and am super excited to get to wearing them all.

Something Sweet

I did get a chance to try out "Something Sweet" a light pink cream. This is such a perfect pink! It is a pastel type pink, but it doesn't look chalky or harsh. This was two coats, but I found the formula to be quite thick. It worked out okay, as it did level on it's own, but it was a bit tricky to get even coats.

My Private Jet

The OPI I picked up was "My Private Jet" descried as being a charcoal/brown (I see some copper as well) glitter. The original was a holo, then OPI discontinued it, then they brought it back, but it was never the same and now lacks the holo effect. Regardless, I thought it looked interesting and worth a try.

The necklaces I ordered from Ebay also arrived today! I really only wanted the pewter toned one, but they came in a set, and for $5 with free shipping, I wasn't about to be choosy. They are quite heavy and are of a surprisingly good quality on long chins. I don't know how often I'll actually wear them, but they are super cute.

Have you hauled anything interesting lately?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat

I picked up this top coat a while ago, and have been using it pretty regularly since then. My main reason for getting this particular version (Sally Hansen has a ton of top coats) because it is supposed to be quite similar to Seche Vite.

This claims to not only extend the wear of your polish, but to also dry it in just 60 seconds. Does it work? Yes and no. I found that yes it dried to the touch in 60 seconds, but not completely all the way dry. That being said it didn't take forever, but probably a minute total, which is still pretty fast. It did make my polish last longer, but I did not get "up to 10 brilliant days." I never expected that I would though. Overall it did protect really well, and I did get better lasting manicures than my other top coats. The downside with this is that I found it did react negatively with some nail polishes and caused pulling in the tip and in one instance total puckering and a complete mess (I'll have a post about that failed NOTD soon.) If you wrap your tips with the top coat, you can avoid the tip pulling, but it can be a bit messy to do so.

Since I started using this, I did get Seche Vite and it really does compare quite well. Actually, they are pretty much the same. Unfortunately, like Seche Vite, Sally Hansen's top coat does get very thick and goopy as you use it. I think that anyone who uses top coats such as this one (or Seche Vite) it would be totally worth it to pick up a bottle of Seche Vite Restoration Thinner, as it will bring your goopy top coat back to its normal texture.

Overall, this top coat is totally worth giving a try as it does give a really smooth, shiny, protective coat.

Have you tried this top coat? Which top coat do you use?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review: Sigma Complete Kit

My brush "bucket"

I've wanted to get myself a set of Sigma brushes for a while, but I kept putting it off. I knew I wanted a few, so instead of getting individual brushes I decided on the Complete Brush Kit without Brush Roll. I knew I didn't really need the brush roll, and the $20 or so I saved on that let me get the Sigma Dry n' Shape.

My set of brushes came in an almost alarmingly small box, I mean between the brushes and the Dry n' Shape they really crammed a lot in there. The brushes come in a black drawstring bag and each brush has a plastic cover. The majority of the covers had slipped off in the shipping process, but only one or two brushes had bent bristles so all was good.

Along with the brushes, Sigma includes a very handy (and informational at that) brochure with a photo and description of every brush in the kit. Although I already had brushes before I got this, I did wonder if I'd ever actually used the seven different eye brushes included. The brochure was a nice push to try different brushes out.

Sigma F30, F50, F40

Large Powder- F30
I probably shouldn't have put this one first, as I must say this is one brush I'm not totally impressed with. Compared to the others it is not soft and it has shed since day one. Every time I use it a few more come out, which overtime will reduce how long this brush lasts. I prefer my Eco Tools brush to this one. However, it is a good powder brush. It picks up a nice amount of powder (without being too much) and blends well.

Duo Fibre- F50
I think this is my favourite brush out of the kit. It makes applying foundation super easy. If you are using the ELF version of this brush (I was before) you need to get the Sigma F50. It is larger overall and the bristles are more dense. A must have brush.

Large Angled Contour- F40
This brush is super soft, and great for applying bronzer and blush. I did find that it stained immediately after the fist use, so don't get used to it being white for too long. Mine is a pretty pink now.

Sigma F60, E40, E50, F70

I usually don't use a foundation brush for my foundation, but for all of you lovely readers I tired this one out. I found I do like it for mousse foundations. This bush is great for quickly brushing on moisturizer or primer and works well to blend out large areas of concealer as well. This brush is super soft and quite dense.

Tapered Blending-E40

This brush is made of the same bristles the F30 is and I find it to be coarser than the other brushes with a tenancy to shed. Sigma suggests using this brush to apply and blend the crease, but I find it too large for applying and only use it for blending and for applying powder over my under eye concealer.

Large Shader- E60

I use this brush every singe day to apply primer (either UDPP or Paint Pot) and it is a great brush. It is bigger than I expected (it is about the size of a thumbnail for reference.) This is also the perfect brush to apply cream eyeshadows and can pack on loose shadow with less fall out than a fluffy brush.

This concealer brush is smaller than any concealer brush I've had or used, but I like the smaller size as it makes it perfect for under eye application. It flat and smooth and blends concealer out quite nicely.

Sigma E55, E70, E65, E05, E30

Eye Shading- E55
I find this brush to be longer (or less stubby) than other shading brushes I've used, but I like it none the less. It is super soft and picks up a nice amount of shadow. I like that I can (usually) easily apply and blend without having to switch out brushes.

Medium Angled Shading- E70

This was one of the brushes I thought I didn't need and definitely need the brochure to tell me what to do with it. I use it to apply highlight under my brows and the inner corner of my eye.
This is another super soft brush that is slightly fluffy.

Small Angle- E65
This is a great little brush! It is flat and nicely dense. I mostly use it to fill in brows but it also works nicely for applying gel eyeliner.

Eyeliner- E05
Pretty self explanatory with this one, great for eyeliner and or if you want super precise crease or outer v application. The tip is fine and the bristles are dense so you can get a very fine clean line easily.

Pencil- E30
I think this is my favourite brush out of the eye brushes. It does so much and it does it well. I use this to apply shadow to the crease, to smudge out eye liner and to smudge out eyeshadow over eye liner. This brush does stain, but the bristles are dense and chiseled to a rounded tip.

The free gift from Sigma when you spend more than $30 is the travel sized Blending -E25. I haven't used this one yet, but it is similar to the E40 except it is softer and oval shaped with slightly tapered sides. It is super soft and on the fluffy side.

Have you tried Sigma brushes? Which ones are your favourite?

Friday, July 15, 2011

I Need Your Help!

As you can see, I have a new header! I'm quite pleased with the general idea but I'm not sure if I made the right choice. I prepped a few images, but I only added the text to one (the one you see above.) I am so tired, I can barely see straight, but I wanted something up there at least for the time being.

These are some of the other options:
(click for full size)

Option a

Option b

Option c

Which do you like best? Of course the current header is also in the running. I just can't decide...

Clean White Love

Please excuse the mess you may stumble upon. I have decided a re-vamp of my little blog was oh-so necessary. I'm going cleaner, sleeker, whiter... other "er" ending words that sound nice.

I still have some things to do... make a new header, bring back my fonts (I'm not ready to get rid of Pea Squeaker just yet.)

I may not have many new posts while I work away on the re-design, so for your listening pleasure:

Review: Avon Super Shock Liquid Lip Shine

Is bigger better? Well, Avon thinks so, and so far I have to agree. Not too long ago Avon introduced these huge glosses or liquid lip shine as they're calling them. I haven't been into anything that has come out from Avon in quite a while, but when I saw these I had to give them a try.

Size comparison to average gloss tube

Size comparison to average gloss applicator

I picked up the shades Lilac Attack, Tickled Pink and Bronze Blitz, since the current price of $4.99 (will be $8.99) is just too good not to try them. Now, I mentioned that these are huge, just how huge? The tube is about three times bigger than your average gloss tube and the applicator is as well. The tube and applicator are very similar to the MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses that were out a while ago, but at a fraction of the price.

Huge tube= huge applicator. I was slightly shocked when I first opened one of these. I wasn't expecting it to be so large. As you can see (kind of) in the photo above, these have well tips and can hold a lot of gloss. I can apply gloss to my entire mouth with one swipe. Not too bad! You do have to be more careful with these though, as there is massive suction. You have to slowly remove the applicator from the tube or else it releases really fast and you end up with gloss all over.

The gloss itself is quite nice. I have tried most of Avon's glosses and I would say that this has one of the best formulations. They aren't sticky, pretty good pigmentation without being overly glittery/shimmery and the fact that they have SPF 15 is a great bonus. I don't find them to be drying at all either which is even better.

Lilac Attack isn't really a lilac shade at all, it is more like a sheer fuchsia. While the colour is not what I was expecting based on the name, I love the colour and how wearable it is. As you can see this has light fuchsia shimmer, but they don't show up that much in person as they do in the photo.

Tickled Pink
is a nudey, natural pink ( there is another pink in this line, a brighter more pink shade) with light shimmer. I really like this shade as it is close to my own lip colour and I can apply this fast without a mirror.

Bronze Blitz was my attempt at trying something I normally wouldn't. I thought that this would be a nice summer shade and I was right. It has a bit of a rosey undertone making it really wearable. Like all the other shades, it too has light shimmer.

All in all I think that these are great glosses. Definitely worth $5 a pop and they will certainly last quite a while. Have you tried these? What did you think?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

June Faves

June was, personally, a shitty month. Yup, no other word works (believe me, I tried others.) I was contemplating not doing a faves post at all, just bypass the whole month like it never existed, but I couldn't do that. I like faves post just too much. I like reading them. I like writing them. That said onto mine:

Sigma E30- Pencil brush
I finally got my Sigma brush kit! I'd put off buying it for so long, but I am quite happy with it. I did find that I used the pencil brush a lot, especially considering it was one of the brushes I didn't think I'd gt much use of. It's great for faux smokey looks (I like to smudge shadow over a gel liner and smoke it out, purple has been my go to lately) and it is great for precise crease application.

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Very Black
I've raved about this quite a few times. I think mine is almost done, but I love it. I used it a lot in June because I realized it was waterproof (tear proof at least.) I don't think they advertise it as such, but it doesn't smudge or transfer at all. For my full review click here.

Urban Decay Primer Potion- Eden
Eden is the matte skin tone version of the original UDPP. I have the Sephora exclusive tube packaging and I must say I like it a better than the original wand type. I love this primer and I love the colour! It not only primes but it conceals as well and you can use it alone to even out skin tone. The shade is similar to MAC's Paint Pot Painterly, but I'll have a comparison post soon.

Coconut Body Butter, NYX India, Barry M Strawberry Milk, Marcelle Eyeliner, UDPP Eden, Skin 79 BB Cream

Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
I love the Body Shop's butters, but I had been without for a bit. When I finally got a few (okay, bunch) I shoved them in a drawer and ended up not even using them. I did grab a coconut one and I haven't looked back since. I love the scent and I love the new mini sized pots they have. I like that I can get one in a ton of scents. I like having variety!

Makeup For Ever Mist & Fix
I had just bought MAC Fix+ when I saw this, so I went with the "to go" size (Fix+ is waay cheaper than MUFE as well.) I hadn't used too much of this one, but it was so warm here in June that I thought I'd give it a try. I really like setting mists overall, and this one is no exception. It hydrates and gives long lasting hold.

Barry M "Strawberry Milkshake" Lip Gloss and NYX Black Label "India" Lipstick
These were are a perfect combo and were pretty much my go to lip for the month. I really like the shade of "India" but I find it looks a bit harsh on me without a gloss and "Strawberry Milk" is the perfect milky pink to go with it. Plus it just smells so good!

Skin 79 Diamond Collection The Prestige BB Cream
After trying the mini set, I was pretty impressed with this variety of BB cream so I did some browsing online and got this full size for $17 on Ebay (compared to the average $25+ other etailers wanted.) I'll have a comparison between this and Dr. Jart Premium BB Cream soon.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
I got mine a few months ago now, but once I got it I didn't start using it right away. How bad is that? To want something that bad then not even use it? I have most definitely made up for my initial lack of use and used this pretty much non stop in June. It is just so quick to grab and match shadows.

What were your faves last month?