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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Back to basics: 8 mass-market beauty finds to try this November

Monday, November 2, 2015


They say that everything worth having is worth working for, but by the looks of 2015’s beauty trends, the industry is still trying its darndest to prove that particular old adage wrong.

This year has seen a lot of really cool “instant fix”-type products (like this one from Deciem), and the brightening Neutrogena Healthy Skin Instant Tone Corrector SPF 15 ($19.97 CAD) and vivid orange The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer ($20 CAD) are two more examples of this quick-fix trend–which, can I just say, I am loving.


The Clinique Dramatically Different and Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit ranges are two of the beauty world’s most popular ranges for people (especially teens!) with acne-prone skin. And this year, I am happy to say, BOTH ranges are getting a long-awaited update. 

Clinique is adding a Dramatically Different Cream ($14.50 USD) for those with dry skin, and Neutrogena has created an Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer ($8.78 USD/$12.99 CAD) with 0.5% salicylic acid. Starting at under $15 each, they’re great picks for the teen or tween just getting into skincare — and just as good for those still struggling with acne in their college years.

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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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BISC Vol.18: ​​What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you about your blog?

Sunday, October 25, 2015


What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you about your blog and what was your reaction?

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
No one has ever actually said anything bad or mean about my blog – at least not to my face – so I guess I’m lucky! However I did once receive an anonymous email saying that bloggers like me who review products that have been sent to them for free are sell-outs and that blogging about something as trivial as make-up and beauty makes me superficial and fake. I didn’t let it get to me though. I just hit ‘delete’ and forgot about it. Until now, that is, so uhm, yeah, thanks for that, Jaa.

ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca
To be honest, only a few selected people in my personal life know that I blog, which is probably why I rarely face negative comments. After all they are friends and family and supposed to be supportive, no?

In an argument, Mr. Loca once told me he couldn’t understand why “Someone as intelligent as I would waste my time on something as superficial as writing about makeup” (my father would probably agree on that), but after we got past the slamming doors part, he apologized. Beauty may be superficial to some, but it is so much more than makeup.

ANGELA | Canada | Do Want Makeup
I don’t know if anybody has said anything negative to me about my blog, to be honest! People tend to be curious rather than critical. Bf has told me that I come across much more cheerful/happy on my blog than I actually am in real life, but I think that is more of a comment on my personality than my blog… ಠ_ಠ  My reaction: of course I’m more cheerful on my blog; I get to talk about stuff that I love and excites me!

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
My experience is very positive, thank heavens. I have received some emails before, saying that I’m ugly and really, I’m secure and mature enough to laugh it off. I don’t know why, but it just cracked me up. I remember a fellow blogger say that you know you’ve made it when you get hate mails. Hahaha! In all seriousness though, my genuine readers have been awesome. I get chats on Facebook, Twitter and even emails, and they’re the sweetest people on earth!


AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
I have never had anyone say anything really bad or hurtful about my blog so I consider myself lucky! However, one of my friends, after he found out I had a beauty blog, said to me that I became so vain writing about lipsticks and makeup. It was a little hurtful but I explained to him that a beauty blog is more than just writing about makeup, it’s a way of expressing your creativity and connecting with other wonderful people who share the same interests as you as well as passing your knowledge and skills to others.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Honestly, no one’s ever said anything really terrible about my blog to my face… But hey, who knows what they’ve been saying behind my back!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
Back when I first started Hello Jaa (only a month into it I think), someone commented publicly that I was trying to be like Temptalia and told me to “be original”. I was slightly upset (since I would never copy anyone ever) but decided to just brush it off. I know what I’m doing and I think over time I have proven that Hello Jaa has its own style in terms of writing, format, and photography. One time I was also told that I used too many English words in my Thai translations so I’ve been improving on that and trying my best to translate every word into Thai. There is also a thread mentioning that my reviews can’t be trusted because I came out of nowhere and started reviewing all these expensive makeup. Trust me, I always disclose when I receive product samples! Other than that, everyone else has been really nice to me and my blog. I’ve even become good friends with so many of my readers.

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Halloween ideas: Wonder Woman! (3wishes costume review)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wonder Woman Halloween how to

I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since I was… oh, god. Maybe twelve or thirteen? But I’m also not a fool, so when 3wishes asked me if I wanted to cover anything from their site this year, I jumped at the chance. Because SUPERHEROES, YOU GUYS. Superheroes.

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I tried on their American Hero Costume in a S/M, which is made from swimsuit fabric and comes with a Lasso of Truth and a stretchy Wonder Woman headband. (I mean, I’m not usually a DC girl, but you don’t mess with the classics, you know?)

The costume was comfy and actually really good quality, but it was very small for a S/M — I’m 5″2 and I usually wear a size 4, but because the gold waist area of this costume doesn’t stretch, it was really difficult for me to get into. If you can, I would recommend going 1 or even 2 sizes up from what you usually are! (I am always, always a small or extra small, but a 3wishes M/L definitely would have fit me better.)

One of the other reasons that I picked a Wonder Woman-type costume is that, well, I’m not super into showing a lot of skin — and this one could definitely be styled differently. Grab a pair of shorts, some tall boots, and a sweater, and suddenly you’re all covered up and ready to go!

Wonder Woman Halloween makeup

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