Reversa 3 in 1 Mild Gel Cleanser review (AKA how to cleanse your face with MAGICAL UNICORN PEE)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Reversa makeup removing cleanser review canadian

The product: Reversa 3-in-1 Mild Gel Cleanser

That’s right. I just said unicorn pee, because this cleanser is not only a rare find and a powerhouse worker, but it’s also full of secret glitter (two of the best words you can put next to each other when you’re talking to a beauty blogger.)

Reversa glitter cleanser review

What it does: The Reversa Gel Cleanser is a bit of a diamond in the rough. It’s a boring-looking product with a boring-looking name, made by what could be conceptualized of as a boring company… if you haven’t been paying enough attention recently.

Unlike most 3-in-1 cleansers, however, Reversa’s doesn’t do the whole cleanse/remove/tone schtick. Oh, no. Instead, it’s a facial cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizer!!

Yup, that’s right: it’s a moisturizer. It’s a normal gel cleanser, made to be used on wet or dry skin, but if you massage into the skin and leave it for 30 seconds… it’s also a flash moisturizing mask. 

Reversa glitter 3 in 1 gel cleanser review

How well it does it: Dude, so well. The Reversa 3-in-1 Gel Cleanser is a great cleanser, a good makeup remover, and a freaking awesome moisturizing mask. It’s a silky, thick, scent-free gel, and it’s equal parts gentle and moisturizing. This baby moisturizes just as well as some 10-minute masks that I’ve tried, but it takes next-to-no time to do and it doesn’t add an extra step to your skincare routine.

My favourite thing about this mask, though–aside from the glitter–is how gentle it is. Somehow, Reversa has managed to formulate this one without oil and without that lotion-y texture of most hydrating cleansers, so it’s great for texture-oriented folks who want to cleanse their skin without feeling slippery or greasy (after or during.)

And no, for those who are wondering, it doesn’t leave you sparkling like a deranged disco ball.

Reversa 3 in 1 mild gel cleanser review

My current cleansing dream duo (I use my Foreo while the Reversa cleanser/mask works its magic!)

The verdict?

Um… this thing is basically magic, and it’s a great way to start off the holiday season. This adds just a little bit of extra glitz and glam to your morning (or night) routine, and it counteracts the dry winter air like a champ.

At $23 CAD, it’s not the cheapest cleanser at the drugstore, but I think it’s a great buy. If you’re looking for something magical, makeup-removing, and really nourishing, you need to check it out!! You’re not going to find another moisturizing mask that works this quickly, and I can guarantee you that if you do, it’s not going to be this glittery. ;)

Availability: $23 CAD online at and at Shopper’s Drug Mart, where I frequently see it on sale for around $17.

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Kimberly Loc x Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Oil review

Friday, October 30, 2015

Kimberly Loc Rachel's Plan Bee body oil review

The product: Rachel’s Plan Bee kimberlyloc Jasmine Body Oil

It’s a well-known fact that every beauty blogger out there dreams of creating their own product one day. And, today, after too much time and two solid days of website downtime (I’M SO SORRY ABOUT THAT), I’m happy to share with you that dream coming true for my friend Kim, of kimberlyloc!

Rachel's Plan Bee Body Oil review

The scent: Kim is one of my biggest green beauty inspirations (I actually first heard about Odacité on her blog), and her big beauty love is all things jasmine. I’ve never been a big floral lover, but Kim makes jasmine sound like just the most amazing thing–so, when she and Rachel’s Plan Bee set about to create a limited-edition body oil with notes of jasmine and vanilla (Rachel’s favourite scent), I had to smell it!

» Read Kim’s post about creating this body oil on kimberlyloc

Despite my initial hesitations about wearing a floral body oil, I have to say: I really like what Kim and Rachel have created here. This jasmine and vanilla blend is sweet but sultry, and the moroccan rose-citrus twist makes this body oil smell not just pretty, but interesting, too.

Rachel's Plan Bee kimberlyloc body oil review jasmine vanilla

It’s a very heady, complex scent, but you MUST shake the bottle gently before using!!! I always forget to do this, but just giving it a little shake brings out these bright, almost effervescent top notes of vanilla and sweet orange (think delicious, fresh-baked orange loaves and jasmine bushes.)

(I mean. If jasmine grows in bushes? All I know is that it it doesn’t grow on trees. I think.)

Jasmine vanilla rose body oil review

The formula

The Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Oil formula is absolutely gorgeous. It sinks into the skin really quickly, but it’s super silky and hydrating — it’s definitely NOT the same experience that you can get with a standard $10 bottle of grape seed oil.

Rachel recommends that you use this oil as a body oil, massage oil, bath oil, or shaving oil, depending on your needs. (I think it would make a gorgeous bath oil, if only I was a bath person.) It’s made from a blend of apricot kernel seed oil, sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and grape seed oil, and all of the scents are absolutes and essential oils — no synthetic perfumes here.

Kimberly Loc body oil review

The verdict?

Throw your lot in with the beauty blogging crowd! Order your Kimberly Loc body oil now! :P

But seriously, though. This oil–which, mind you, is limited edition–is a beautiful, unique jasmine scent that is sure to please all jasmine lovers… and convert some of us who aren’t usually. It’s the perfect blend of jasmine, vanilla, and orange, and it is so silky and hydrating that I’ve even been using it on my hands!

My recommendation? Pick up a bottle now, and if you don’t love it on sight, win some brownie points by giving it to a bath-lover this holiday season. No risk and alllll of the rewards.

Availability: $36 USD at Rachel’s Plan Bee! (Or, you can pick up Rachel’s original vanilla and citrus body oil for $29 USD.)

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5 top products to try from DHC | More than just cleansing oil

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28 USD)

When I first started beauty blogging, everyone who was anyone was obsessed with the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. It was the only cleansing oil worth noting for those “in the know,” and for a little while there, it felt like all of my beauty friends & fellow bloggers were all ordering it online and raving about its magical, makeup-removing properties.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil review

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil review

I finally tried the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil this month, and let me just say: even though years have gone by and it seems like every single brand out there has released a cleansing oil since then, this is still, somehow, one of the best cleansing oils I have ever tried. Its rich, cushy olive oil and rosemary formula (no cheap mineral oil here!) takes off everything, even waterproof eyeliner, and rinses off with perfect skin neutrality (you know; no greasy film or stripped finish), making it perfect for oily and super-dry skin types alike.

DHC Sweetpea moisture care lipstick review

DHC Moisture Care Lipstick in Sweetpea

2. & 3. DHC Moisture Care Lipstick ($14.50 USD/each)

I’m not big on lipsticks with shimmer, but the DHC Moisture Care Lipsticks are totally the cutest lipsticks to be had at under $15 each! They’re shiny and slick, and detailed in flowers and butterflies — what could be cuter?

Pictured here are PK04 Sweetpea (the peachy nude) and WN12 Sugarplum (the plum). Both come with a heaping dose of silver shimmer and a glossy frost finish, so purchase only if you’re a glitter lover!

DHC Sugarplum moisture care lipstick review

DHC Moisture Care Lipstick in Sugarplum

4. DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture ($36 USD)

The DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture moisturizer is the perfect plain moisturizer. It’s full of olive oil, squalane, collagen, and radish root ferment filtrate, and is free of stuff like silicones, fragrances, and parabens.

I wouldn’t recommend this one as a day moisturizer (it definitely leaves you looking greasy), but it’s great for dry or reactive skin that just needs something really rich, soothing, and nourishing.

DHC Extra Nighttime Moistsure review

DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture review

5. DHC Face Wash Powder ($12.50 USD)

Ladies and gents, I have saved the best for last. The DHC Face Wash Powder looks unassuming–fine, white powder; basic, dated packaging–but it is an absolute treat to use.

When mixed with a couple drops of water, this boring-looking powder foams up to create a lovely, dense lather that removes all of my day-to-day makeup without any scrubbing or smearing. It’s gentle, simple, and completely non-gritty and non-stripping.

I love this one for daily use, but it would be fantastic for travel, too!

DHC Face Wash Powder review cleanser

DHC Face Wash Powder review

What are your favourite products from DHC?

This is a sponsored post. However, all of the opinions included in it are my own — I got to pick out each product & share my honest thoughts on all of them! 

All about brows with Annabelle (reviews & swatches) | Annabelle BrowShow, Skinny Brow Liner, Stay Sharp, and Brow-to-Go Kit

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Annabelle Stay Sharp Brow Liner in Dark Brown

This fall, Annabelle took a focus on brows and launched three brand new brow products plus three new shades in an old favourite. All of them retail for an insane(ly good) $9.95 CAD or less, and right now, they’re on sale for $3.95-$4.95, which is… I mean, you have to buy at least two of them, at those prices.

Each product is best for a different set of brow needs, so here’s what I thought of the different formulas! (Spoiler alert: the Skinny Brow Liners are my new brow must-haves, so go grab them for next-to-nothing on the Annabelle site before they sell out!)

Best budget eyebrow products Annabelle review

Annabelle Fall 2015 brow launches

Annabelle BrowShow Brow Liner & Highlighter ($9.95 CAD)

↳ Best for: Unruly brows and tired eyes

The Annabelle BrowShow Brow Liner & Highlighter ($9.95 CAD) was the product that, I’ll admit, I was the most excited to try out of Annabelle’s fall launches. Available in two shades (both swatched here), it features a gel-like pencil on one end that delivers colour and hold to the brows, and a highlighting pencil on the other end to give that wide-eyed, “brow lift” effect.

Annabelle BrowShow review light medium, medium dark

My brows don’t need a lot of hold, so I go easy on the brow liner, but I make very liberal use of the highlighter on the browbone and in the inner corners of my eyes. The highlighter, which is the same shade in both the Light and the Medium pencils, delivers a sheer, pretty pink glow, while the brow liners can be applied sheerly or heavily and really do act as both tint and wax. 

I found Light to be nice and taupey, but a light feathering of Medium suits my brows best — it’s not too warm or yellow at all. Plus, at $9.95 (or $4.95 right now), the BrowShow pencils totally act as a Benefit High Brow dupe ($22 USD/$29 CAD) for just a fraction of the price!

Annabelle BrowShow swatches light medium, Skinny Brow Liner Universal Ebony

Swatched L-R: Annabelle BrowShow in Light/Medium, Medium/Dark, Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Ebony

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner review swatches

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner ($8.95 CAD)

↳ Best for: Natural-looking brows, brow beginners, and on-the-go

If you’re not sure where to start with your brows, start with this pencil. The Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner ($8.95 CAD) makes filling in your brows super easy, and because it’s a micro-pencil, you’ll never have to sharpen it or worry about drawing outside the lines.

I’ve been wearing the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in the new Universal Ebony, and it is the PERFECT shade for Asian brows: not too warm, not too dark, and not too red. It just looks natural, like I rolled out of bed with perfect brows and defined features, and it makes me certain that there’s a perfect match for everyone in the line’s six matte, long-wearing shades. 

Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner Universal Ebony review swatches

Plus, the Skinny Brow Liners are an insane $3.95 right now, so they’re ideal for beginners. The formula is dry and sheer (aka exactly what you want out of a brow pencil), and I honestly think that these are just as good (if not better) than the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils ($21 USD/$26 CAD). Plus, at these prices, they’re cheap enough that you can keep one in your vanity, one in your handbag, and one in the car!

Just in case.

You know, for emergencies.

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Odacité Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème review | The perfect serum booster

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Odacité Oleosomes moisturizer serum review

The product: Odacité Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème

The science behind oleosomes: The new Odacité Time Release Delivery Crème features safflower oleosomes, which are plant organelles that store vitamins and triglycerides surrounded by a phospholipid bilayer. Oleosomes melt upon contact with the skin, and can be used as an all-natural delivery system in skincare.

The Oleosomes moisturizer also contains things like aloe (to hydrate), white tea extracts, hyaluronic acid, and calendula oil (to soothe), but the big pull is the oleosomes — they’re meant to deliver actives to the skin slowly, keeping it hydrated and glowing all day long.

Odacite Time Release Delivery Creme review

Odacité Oleosomes delivery review comparison

The idea: Odacité recommends two different uses of their Oleosomes Delivery Crème: (1) used on its own as a moisturizer, or (2) used with 2-3 drops of an Odacité Serum Concentrate to deliver the serum to your skin throughout the day/night.

The idea behind this is that you’d use your Oleosomes Crème as a staple product, and then edit your serums frequently, switching them up for day/night, changes in the weather, etc. It makes a lot of sense, if you ask me — I tweak my skincare regimen based on how my skin is doing at any particular moment (for instance, I’ll use Ca+C when my skin is sensitive, but Po+R when it’s dry), and it’s cool to see an entire skincare line that operates around that idea, too!

Odacite Oleosomes review

The results: I really liked the Odacité Oleosomes moisturizer, but I have to admit — I did have a couple of problems with it. First off, the good stuff: the formula blends perfectly with any oil, and it feels rich and smooth when applied. It’s also 100% natural and silicone-free, and works well for sensitive skin types.

As a delivery mechanism, I think the Odacité Oleosomes crème is wonderful. It pairs well with all of my serums to deliver all-day hydration and efficacy, and I only need one pump of moisturizer to two drops of oil for great results.

Odacite Oleosomes moisturizer review

Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme

However. For skin as dry as mine, I need not one, not two, but almost three pumps of product if I’m using it alone, and there’s just something kind of strange about the texture of this product — it melts into the skin when applied, but is stiff enough in the bottle that it can be a struggle to get any product out at all.

If you live in a warmer climate or you have normal to slightly dry skin, I doubt you’ll even notice a problem with either of these things. But for those in colder climates (or those with dry skin or eczema), I would definitely give this one a pass.

Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme moisturizer review

The verdict?

If you own and love any of Odacité’s Pure Elements Serum Concentrates (the fact that you’ll love them is taken for granted) and you’re not sure what moisturizer to mix them with, the Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème will be perfect for you. It’s hydrating and non-irritating, and will definitely help you get the most out of your serums. 

However, it wouldn’t be my first choice for a stand-alone moisturizer. I like the line’s Night Time Repair Serum moisturizer ($120 USD) a lot more when used alone (that one’s actually quite nice), and in terms of getting the most bang for your buck, I think it would make more sense to add one of the line’s serums to a cheaper skincare regimen than it would to switch your normal moisturizer to this one!

Availability: $68 USD/$82 CAD at The Detox Market.

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