Saturday, 28 February 2015

Saturday's Stuff I Like

To be honest I don't have much to like this week! But just take a moment to admire those sailboats in the snow :)

I have found a few things at the various charity shops that are around. A few Spring additions I might add! I'm just fed up of winter, I want to wear something else than boots!

In the sales at Target last week I bought two CDs (how vintage lol), Zaz's Recto-Verso and Dumas's L'Heure et l'endroit. Dumas is my favourite singer and such an eye candy! If there were other albums of his that I didn't had I would have bought them but unfortunately it was the only one. I really like Tes Histoires. It was not a song that  I liked prior to buying the CD, but now I'm hooked!

I took a long walk earlier today. It was fun. It was not too cold, the sun was shining and I got a much needed dose of vitamin D!

I've started to use Instagram again! If you want to follow me, you can do so here.

Nothing much to report on the like stuff this week. How about you? How was your week? Comment below :)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Aveeno Fresh Essentials

A couple of weeks ago, I received those Aveeno Fresh Essentials to try out. Turns out it was during the time my skin decided to be a bi-atch so I unfortunately had to wait to try them correctly. 

My skin has now been back to semi-normal and I was able to put them to good use! 

The Aveeno Fresh Essentials line has been created to "keep what's good for your skin IN- and the bad OUT." That means that the Southernwood and vitamins AC and E helps to replenish and retain moisture to tired skin, as well as forming a barrier to protect from the environment nasties.

I have received the Daily Nourishing Moisturizer, the Daily Exfoliating Scrub* and the Hydrating Night Cream*.

Aveeno Fresh Essentials: Hydrating Night Cream, Daily Nourishing Moisturizer and Daily Exfoliationg Scrub

All those products are not too greasy, which is something I always look for. Since using them (and after starting my medication) I have not had breakouts, except a few hormonal spots, so this pass the test too!

The Daily Nourishing Moisturizer* comes in a pump, which is the best. I wish they would have put the night cream in a pump as well. The downside being that we cannot see how much product is left. But that is not a deal breaker! On top of that, it has a SPF of 30. I'm bad at applying SPF on the daily, so this is great. I think all day cream now should have some sort of protection.

Texture: Hydrating Night Cream, Daily Nourishing Moisturizer and Daily Exfoliationg Scrub

I have long prefer the big grainy scrubs to those with more finely milled particules. Since my flare up in December, I am not as adamant on this. The Daily Exfoliating Scrub* is on the fine grain side. I'm not sure I would exfoliate everyday though... But this is a gentle scrub.

The Hydrating Night Cream* has been put on the test even when I had the deadly breakout. My doctor didn't say anything about putting products on my skin, and it was so dry that the only thing except my cleanser that I used on it for those few weeks was this cream. The only thing about this one is that it comes in a tub, which I'm not too fond of. I guess it's is easily tell it apart from the Moisturizer.

All of those has a nice scent, which I'm guessing is the Southernwood. I didn't know what it was before the Fresh Essentials line and I've never smell it so I cannot say for sure. One thing though is that the scent might be a little too strong for sensitive noses and skin. Parfum is listed on all three's ingredient list.

Have you tried the Aveeno Fresh Essentials range? What is your favourite line of skincare?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Manicure Tuesday: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Birthday Suit and Topcoat

I've been looking for this particular colour from the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line since I am back in Canada at Christmas. It is a favourite of Alexfashionbeauty (yes I know, I admire her so much it makes me look like a 5th grader).

I have finally found it in New-Brunswick. I guess her influence is not as big there as it is in Quebec, because this particular colour was sold out everywhere!

And I was so chuffed to have it just in time before my big interview last week! It is a perfect colour for a professional occasion. A nice nude that has a little pink, but not too much, and not on the yellow or brown shade that nudes gear sometimes.

The first coat apply well. And that's about it. Seriously, I think I just got a bottle from a bad batch because I have friends that like the Miracle Gel line. And I wanted to like it too. But I don't.

The second coat apply gloopy. And it chipped within 8 hours. I put it on during the evening, didn't do anything else but watch TV and when I woke up somes nails were chipped. And some sported bubbles. BUBBLES guys! I didn't have a polish bubbled on me since the 90's!

And because I was travelling a whole day to go to MontrĂ©al for the interview, I didn't have time to change it. I hope they didn't notice. But now I've learnt the lesson: put on a tried and tested polish for an  interview. Especially if you have to travel.

I tried it again yesterday so I could have a proper picture to show you. I didn't have time to trim the nails properly, and I'm kinda #sorrynotsorry about that. 

I think the root of the problem with this polish is that it takes forever to dry. And because it has its own topcoat, I couldn't use the Seche Vite on it. (Well technically I could, but the effect wouldn't be the same)

So yes, I took the pic without cleaning the whole thing. I was about to do it, but then my nails weren't dry. And that was after almost an hour. Then it started to get messy, with me knocking things around. So I took the bloody pic. 

That was yesterday. This time, there is no chipping or bubbles. I guess (hope?) third time's a charm.

Is there a product you'd love to llove but just can't?