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  • Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream with Royal Jelly

    I reviewed this on my blog - Mikaela's jet set beauty. This eye cream is wonderfuly moisturizing, it so nice and heavy for winter or when you are flying all the time like me. Far too heavy for day, this is a night eye cream, however I give it 9 stars because it is low on acitve ingredients.

    October 1, 2012

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  • L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Color Presso

    ...And the gloss - love it! It's packaging is strangely different, but the dual chambers are great for creating a variety of gloss colours (good travel item - one gloss with multiple options). Apparently, they are even interchangeable with others, just pop one side out & replace with a different colour. I really love the colour combo 'Trendy' - it's almost as good (but not really) as my beloved MAC lipjelle in 'Jelly Babe'. And like MAC glosses, it has a vanilla-ish scent, but no taste - I HATE lip products that are flavoured! My one complaint? The price of these items is a little too high for a drugstore brand, more on par with MAC's price points. If you can nab them on sale when they are BOGO - they are totally worth it.

    June 26, 2009

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  • Q-tips Cotton Swabs
    10.0

    Q-tips Cotton Swabs

    I use Q-tips for Q-tips, not the packaging...

    Q-tips are now making little vanity packs, prettied-up & intended for display. The boxes come in a variety of colours and are cute, but... Q-tips are Q-tips. I only buy their brand & hate impostors (don't even get my mom started on that subject, she will not use anything but their cotton swabs). Anyway, I keep mine in a little doctor's office looking container - can't say I make a display of it. But I could see this incarnation being popular with teenage girls, something cute for their bathrooms & vanities. But - the Q-tips purse pack? Don't get me started! I love these for travel. My mom originally bought Shivaughn & I these back in our ballet days. It's simply a little plastic container that holds 30 Q-tips. Since I use them for cleaning up my mascara everyday (amongst other things), 30 is a perfect number for going on a little trip. I just refill it each time I run out - I always have a full pack in my carry on. Now, if they prettied up these, I might have to get a new one...

    June 26, 2009

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  • L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Kohl Eyeliner

    If you don't line the inner rims of your eye with liner (Eastern application, aka 'tight lining'), you'll probably be more confused than anything else by this. But if like me, you do - these could be really fantastic for you. I always top off my liner with a matching shadow - not suggested if you don't like things in your eyes...My one complaint? The price of these items is a little too high for a drugstore brand, more on par with MAC's price points. If you can nab them on sale when they are BOGO - they are totally worth it.

    June 26, 2009

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  • Hirsana golden millet oil capsules

    I have some sort of strange fascination with beauty supplements, and I'm not sure where it started. I think it has something to do with the idea that beauty can magically appear just by swallowing a little pill... like some sort of magic potion. For the most part, my skin care basics are rooted in fact, not fantasy (like retinoids & sun protection) - but for some reason, I just can't shake my love of supplements. The interesting thing is that many dermatologists are divided on weather or not they do any good. Some endorse them completely (like Murad, Perricone, & Brandt - just to name a few) and others say they do nothing for you. I'm of the opinion that if it's not bad for you, why not take them? Things you eat and drink most definitely have an effect on the way you look, so why would ingesting vitamin supplements be any different? I say swallow those supplements & wash them down with a mug of green tea! You'll be gorgeous in no time. Anyway, I recently received some new supplements to try - they are made by the Swiss company Hirsana. Made from pure golden millet oil, they claim to have a positive effect on the appearance and function of skin, hair & nails. The capsules contain essential fatty acids, Vitamin E & B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin & Zinc - all which play a role in maintaining good health & beauty. I personally feel that oil based supplements such as Hirsana's help to hydrate my skin from the inside out, so these get a extra gold star from me. P.S. I've also found oil based supplements are great to take to prepare the skin pre & post travel, to prevent the inevitable dehydration that comes with flying. *Stay tuned - I've got more beauty supplements to fill you in on in the future...

    June 22, 2009

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  • Paul MItchell Shampoo Three
    9.0

    Paul MItchell Shampoo Three

    Good for hair disasters!

    Oh my goodness. I've been waiting to post about this for a few days just so I could calm down. For those of you who read this blog regularly, you'll know that I do not colour my hair. I do however use a clear gloss by Matrix called Prizms Plus. On Sunday I want to one of the beauty supplies and was buying the new Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner (more on that later, but just know now that it is fabulous). Well, I was also there to pick up some more of the gloss. Only I decided that I would get the 'Natural Copper' shade (my hair is naturally auburn) just to give it a little extra vibrancy, something 'noticeably - unnoticeable'. This stuff is just semi-permanent and my hair is totally virgin so I thought everything would be dandy. Only it wasn't. Cut to Sunday night in my bathroom... my husband comes in as I'm mutli-tasking-beautifying and asks "Are you dyeing your hair?!" "NO! I don't dye my hair, it's a colour gloss" But things were not looking good, they were looking a little carrot-y, and it only got worse. I washed my hair 8 times in attempt to loose some of the colour but to no avail. When I got out, my hair was orange-red. I could hardly sleep that night scared to go to work, I woke up multiple times and kept thinking to myself - 'you look like Ronald McDonald!' Anyway (and we are coming to the product solution soon) I went back to the beauty supply on Monday and got the low down from some professional hair stylists. (Note to self -I'm an esthetician, I shouldn't pretend I know hair colour!) Since it was just colour depositing things were going to be ok, eventually. To fix the situation without damaging my hair they told me NOT to use a colour lifter or peroxide developer but to just use Paul Mitchell's Shampoo 3. This stuff is a great clarifying shampoo that I already use, I really like to use it prior to deep conditioning and in this situation it has helped me to wash away pigment in just a few days opposed to the four weeks it would probably take on it's own. I was also lucky because red pigment fades the quickest anyway. (Just make sure to really deep condition your hair afterword, this stuff not only gets rid of product buildup but also your natural oils. It's just a good occasional shampoo but a great solution for too dark or just down right bad hair colour. Luckily, my hair is very healthy and is handling this kind of torment rather well. Well, that was a long story... just keep this little nugget of info in the back of your mind in case you ever need it.

    June 19, 2009

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  • Paul & Joe Beaute Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner

    This is so relaxing at bed time, it smells very "Aveda-ish" in my opinion & is soooooooo relaxing. Plus, it leaves your hair incredibly silky-soft. It lacks the stimulating tingle of the original Tea Tree products, which is ok - like I said, you need to wind down when it's time to hit the sack. On the earth friendly front - Paul Mitchell is a very socially responsible company. They are in the fore front of consumer safety, are cruelty-free, into philanthropy & with the Tea Tree line - funds the planting of trees through American Forests to offset all carbon emissions from the brand's manufacture and distribution... is that cool or what? To learn more, go to Paul Mitchell - We Care

    June 19, 2009

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  • Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo

    This is so relaxing at bed time, it smells very "Aveda-ish" in my opinion & is soooooooo relaxing. Plus, it leaves your hair incredibly silky-soft. It lacks the stimulating tingle of the original Tea Tree products, which is ok - like I said, you need to wind down when it's time to hit the sack. On the earth friendly front - Paul Mitchell is a very socially responsible company. They are in the fore front of consumer safety, are cruelty-free, into philanthropy & with the Tea Tree line - funds the planting of trees through American Forests to offset all carbon emissions from the brand's manufacture and distribution... is that cool or what? To learn more, go to Paul Mitchell - We Care

    June 19, 2009

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  • Chapstick True Shimmer

    I was sent a full set of Chapstick True Shimmer - (tropical, peppermint rush, blended fruit sherbet, and botanical berry) to try out & see what my thoughts were regarding them. Let me start with the good news - they're very inexpensive. Now the bad - they are heavily flavoured, I can only imagine they were created with a 5 year old in mind. I'm sorry, but cosmetic companies need to realize scent & flavour (if any!) needs to be more sophisticated if you want to attract anyone other than the BonneBelle crowd. Some people, like myself, don't want to taste their lip product all day, especially when you are eating & drinking other things. The 'shimmer' is visible glitter - again, who is this being marketed to? Most importantly - where is the SPF? Lips are extremely sensitive & prone to burning. The ingredients includes Titanium Dioxide, but it is listed second to last - obviously not enough to make it on the label as sun protection... after parabens, saccharin, paraffin, mineral oil, petrolatum, amongst other 'not so good for you' things. I'm going to have to say these Chapsticks are absolutely not for the Jet-set.

    June 16, 2009

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  • DDF Protect and Correct
    6.0

    DDF Protect and Correct

    No physical blockers!

    DDF's new PROTECT & CORRECT UV Moisturizer SPF 15 is a nice day time cream. It's fairly hydrating considering it's a sunscreen & on the benefit side it helps correct the look of discoloration & hyper pigmentation. I wasn't sure at first if it was just by luck that my skin stopped being so blotchy when I started using the product but after a couple days it was for sure the product was the answer. My skin tone has been by far more radiant. My only concern with this product is that it contains sunblocks that degrade & breakdown rather than physical blockers that protect all day like Mikaela's favourite one. That's a big issue for me - making sure my SPF lasts. I don't have time when flying to reapply all day long... something to think about!

    June 16, 2009

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