Thursday, May 25, 2017

REVIEW || Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

Hello again! Today I'm reviewing Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub, as you can see from the title. I was sent this product for consideration, but this post is not sponsored, and I am always completely honest with my opinions. This is also not the first time I've tried out Acure products, and I've always liked them quite a lot! I had thought I'd written about more of the Acure products I had tried, but it seems like I only included one of them in a skincare favourites post, so I guess I have another review I should put on my list!

Anyways, onto the product at hand: the Acure brightening facial scrub is meant to be good for all skin types and says that it features argan stem cells and chlorella, as well as sea kelp and lemon peel (to gently exfoliate), French green clay (to remove impurities), and Madonna lily stem cells (to help brighten). Acure products are always full of great ingredients, though, and this one also contains acai, blackberry, pomegranate, and rosehips fruit extracts, chamomile and calendula flower extracts, rooibos, sage, and spearmintleaf extracts, walnut shell flour, and olive oil. It's cruelty-, paraben-, and sulfate-free, and also vegan, so it's safe for just about everyone in that way as well!

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub photo

So, my thoughts? First off, this stuff smells awesome! It's kind of a citrus-y, mint-y green tea scent, in my opinion, which just comes from all the various extracts and ingredients, since this product doesn't contain any extra perfumes or fragrances, which is great, especially if you are scent-sitive like me. (See what I did there?) The scent is herbal, refreshing, and calming.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub Description

Aside from that, I really like the formula of this scrub, as well. It's got some good grit to it, but it is not too harsh. If you've ever used a face scrub that was a little too intense, you know how much that can hurt, but this doesn't do that; it isn't scratchy and doesn't hurt at all, it just sort of gently massages away impurities and dead skin. It doesn't strip your skin of all it's natural oils, either. Some face washes and exfoliators can leave my skin begging for moisturizer, but this leaves me feeling clean and fresh, not tight and parched. I would agree that this is likely a good product for anyone for that reason: it doesn't dry or add moisture, it just leaves a clean, fresh canvas for whatever other products you want to follow up with, whether that's acne products, toners, or moisturizers.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub swatch

Oh, and by the way, this isn't meant to be a daily scrub. I'm sure you could use it that way if you wanted, or especially for acne-prone or oily skin, but it recommends using it 3 times a week for best results.

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That's everything for this review! Let me know in the comments if you've tried anything from Acure and how you liked it! Also let me know your favourite face scrubs and washes. I like this one a lot, but I'm still not sure I've found my perfect face wash, so I'd love some suggestions!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tutorial || Neutral Eyes ft. Pixi Book of Beauty Contour Creator Palette

I loved the results when I did my eye tutorial using the ABH contour kit a while back, and I've been loving this palette as well, so I thought I'd do something a little similar and also a little different with this great Pixi palette! This palette does have a shimmery pink colour which is a gorgeous highlight, super-pale blush, or eyeshadow!

This look would be great for work, school, and especially for travel, since one palette is all you need for most of the eyes and face! Even if you don't have this palette, you can use this video as inspiration for any other contour palette you might own!

Click here to watch in HD, or watch below:

Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

REVIEW || Conair Infiniti Pro Ionic Straightening Brush

Hey guys! Today I've got a quick review for you of the Conair Infiniti Pro Iconic Straightening Brush! I was really excited this was one of the options when the PR for Conair recently reached out to me and asked if I'd like to review some of the products, because I love how my hair looks when it's straight, but with my thick curls, it can take a long time and be a huge pain, and this brush looked super easy to use. And as I'm sure you know by now, though this brush was sent to me for free to review, I will always tell you if I don't like something about a product! All my reviews are honest, and I was not paid to write this post.

Conair Infiniti Pro Ionic Straightening Brush Box

So this brush features ceramic coated bristles (to protect your hair), nylon bristles (which are basically regular brush bristles), as well as soft silicone bristles (which the box claims add shine and control). There is also an ionic generator which is supposed to create negative ions that neutralize the natural positive ions in the air, making hair less frizzy by flattening and sealing the hair cuticle. This generator, by the way, is what makes the strange crackling sound when this brush is turned on! I was concerned about the noise at first, but after looking at the instructions, which explain this, it doesn't seem like a big deal.

Conair Infiniti Pro Ionic Straightening Brush Box info

In the box, you get the brush (of course), an instruction booklet/product warranty, and a heat pad to rest the brush on. Nothing too fancy, and you really don't need the heat pad, but it's a nice little addition.

in the box

After testing out this brush a couple of times, I'm basically in love! It's so quick and easy, I'm not sure why I'd ever use a regular flat iron. I mean, maybe if you really like your hair pin-straight, but I like mine a little more natural, and that is super easy to accomplish with this brush. I have used both the high and medium settings, and both worked on my hair, though the high setting was much faster and more effective. For reference, I do have thick, curly hair. I do still separate my hair into sections, but I don't have to formally go in layers, starting underneath, with all my hair clipped to the top of my head, like I do with a regular flat iron, which is so great. I think it takes me maybe 15-20 minutes to finish my whole head, and that's only because I like to take my time and go over each section to make sure it's even and pretty straight. If you just wanted to tame thinner or straighter hair, you could easily be done quicker! I really like this product, and would wholeheartedly recommend it if you like a natural, mostly-straight look, and hate messing around with flat irons or blow dryers. It's quick, easy, fuss-free... yeah, it's my new favourite hair tool, to be completely honest.

The Ionic Straightening Brush costs about $70 CAD, depending where you shop, and is available online on Amazon, as well as from Walmart (affiliate link), HBC, Ulta (affiliate link)—who now ships to Canada!—and just about anywhere else you can find Conair products. Let me know if you get this, or if you've tried it! I'd love to see other opinions, or if you also agree it's magical! **If you're uncomfortable with affiliate links, feel free to Google the product yourself if you wish to purchase online. Thanks!**

Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 8, 2017

GRWM || Gothy Makeup w/ Brit

Hey guys, here's a GRWM, or I guess GRW..US... that I filmed with Brit a while ago when we were having a gothy themed day, dressing up, doing darker makeup, and visiting some of the cool gothy and witchy stores downtown. While we did not, unfortunately, make it to all the shops I wanted to see, it was good, and I think we looked pretty cool!

I don't have a product list for this video, because there is so much, but let me know if there is anything in particular either of us uses, and I'll try to figure out what it was for you! I also really love the eye look I did, so if you want to see a dedicated tutorial for this look, let me know, and I'll do my best to recreate it for you. =)

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Thanks for watching!

Friday, May 5, 2017

TUTORIAL || Neutral Matte Eyes with the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette

Hey guys! Today's video is simple, pretty, anytime makeup look that would pair with so many lip colours! I used the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye palette for the look; don't forget to check out my review of the palette, if you missed it!

Click here to watch in HD, or watch below:

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Quick Life Update & Apology for Being Inconsistant!

Hey guys! I say this a lot both here and on Twitter, especially in the last couple of months, but I am really sorry that I've been so inconsistent with both blog posts and videos! I just wanted to pop up what I hope will be a quick blog post to explain a little bit about what's been going on in my life, and why I haven't been as around as usual.

My family (who I live with) found out at the end of February that we had to move out of our house as soon as possible. As you might imagine, packing stuff up—and moving things, as soon as we got a new house—became a priority over my blog and channel, since this is a hobby for me rather than a job, though I'd love for it to be both! So there's been that. I have, clearly, got several posts and videos up since then, but they have been fairly sporadic. I've been better about filming, but for the most part I have found it hard to find time to edit and upload, or to sit down and write...

As of last Sunday—April 30th—we're fully and completely moved into our new house, so I no longer have that as a reason to be a shitty blogger. However, in a bittersweet turn of events, I now have a job! It's great, because I've had a hard time finding one the last little while, and it'll be great to have financial independence back again. Also, because I'm actually working for a brand and company that I really love, and as of my first three shifts, I'm not hating the job. For those wondering, I was hired as a barista at Starbucks; maybe that isn't great or glamorous or anything, and maybe it is following the stereotype of English Majors getting jobs at cafes, but I'm liking it so far, so I'm not too bothered. The downside to a new job, of course, is that it means I have a lot less free time. It has completely thrown my filming/editing/uploading schedule into question, but as I'm part time at least to start, I'm going to do my best to find time to get back into my three-posts-a-week schedule: Two videos on Mondays and Fridays, and one blog post on Wednesdays.

I can't promise it will work out, but I'm gonna give it a couple of weeks, see how my work schedule goes, and then adjust if necessary. But yes! I just wanted to explain why I have been so sporadic with my "schedule" recently, and let you know I really hope to get back on track. I still love blogging and YouTube, but I'm all about having a routine that works and it feels like it's been a while since I had a comfortable routine that fit writing, filming, and editing. I'm working on it, and thanks so much for anyone who has stuck with me here and/or on my channel, twitter, or instagram. I hope to be better with my social media in the near future as well, but it's all about balance and not burning out!

Thanks for reading that blob of pure text, if you did! Don't forget to check back again tomorrow morning (or whenever you do stuff like that) for a brand new video. And let me know in the comments if there are any posts: blog or video, that you'd like to see in the near future!

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