Last Thursday, I was invited to attend a Beauty Blogger even at Rexall located in downtown Toronto. It was to celebrate their remodeled location at Yonge and Richmond (in the heart of the Financial District in Toronto – think of it as Wall Street in NYC). It was a lovely event and I also received some loot!
I posted a bunch of IG Stories of the event (if you’re not following me on Instagram, here is my account!) and I’ll share some of the videos here as well. 🙂
Recently something happened that really surprised me. I received an email unexpectedly from the PR Manager from Farleyco Marketing regarding my recent post on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Farleyco Marketing is the Canadian distributors for Real Techniques in Canada, among other brands. She explained that they took my concerns on the sponge quality to Real Techniques and offered me a replacement of the sponge along with other Real Techniques products. I was floored! 😮
They sent me the above items – more than I expected! More on the story below…
I mentioned the Bésame Long Hair Finishing Powder Brush as one of my favourites at the end of last year. Finally, I’m posting my review of this odd looking brush:
I bought this during the Fall VIB Sale from Sephora last year, it costs $62 CAD / $50 USD.
After my previous month of hauling in my April Low-Buy, May was a month of resisting temptations! I did add a few items to my stash, namely, I went hairspray crazy:
I ran out of hairspray entirely and I always feel uneasy whenever I don’t even have a back-up in my stash! Here’s how the month went:
This month was the month of finishing up a lot of facial skincare:
I finished both my day and night creams, plus a bunch of other essential face product. So weird how that happens.
Back in April, I was contacted by Mont Bleu to try out some of their nail tools. Now, you may not have heard of Mont Bleu, but I certainly have! I remember ages ago, reading raves about the brand for their amazing glass files from nail bloggers that I admired (I’m talking 4 years ago, ahem) – and thinking that one day I will try them. And now I’m finally trying them!
• Set of 3 crystal nail files “Wave Color” in “Light Rose-Tanzanite” [link]
• Dual-end glass cuticle pusher in “Pink” [link]
• Mont Bleu Cuticle Nippers [link]
• Original Foot Scraper & Callus Remover in Teal [link]
I’ve been testing these out for about a month and here are my thoughts.
As you can see from the post title, this isn’t going to be an overly positive post. One could say it almost doesn’t matter which cushion foundation was my first
victim choice, but it just so happened to be one that isn’t widely known:
The Donginbi Red Ginseng Radiance Cushion BB SPF 50 PA+++ in #23 Calm Beige. This compact cost me $45 and includes the case, an applicator sponge, and 2 cushion refills (at 18ml each). I bought this last year during a K-Beauty haul. I’ve been using this cushion compact on and off for the past 5 months – I’m going to use this product as a reference, but my rant is for the overall concept of cushion compacts.
I ordered the AliExpress dupe to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge back in January last year, and it only cost me $0.70. 😀 But in order for me to truly compare how it looks and feels against the real thing… I had to get the real thing:
The price for the Real Techniques sponge ranges from $7.69 online from the RT store to $11.99 from Rexall (drugstore). I bought mine for $9.99 off NailPolishCanada.com
Today is Victoria Day, a holiday here in Canada, in celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Colloquially, we call it “May two four long weekend” due to the approximate date (May 24th) and to describe a case of beer (‘two four’). The popular activity to do during this long weekend is to head up to the cottage to open it for the season and there are usually fireworks and drinking… Me? Not doing any of that. Relaxing at home and doing some cleaning and decluttering. I’m LONG overdue for a makeup purge! 😉
Onward to a review of this LUSH Fresh Face Mask:
I picked up the Catastrophe Cosmetic mask 2 weeks ago and have been diligently using it – here are my thoughts.
Today I’m reviewing and comparing 2 BHA exfoliants:
• CosRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
• Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
I’ve been a long time devoted customer of Paula’s Choice – I just checked my account, my first order from her was in 2011! My favourite products from her are the chemical exfoliants – they just work and are well-priced. So what prompted me to try something else?