Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion and Recovery Emulsion

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shiseido ultra sun protection lotion and recovery emulsion review

Discovering Shiseido's Ultra Sun Protection Lotion is probably a blessing in disguise! I had the opportunity to attend a Shiseido press event a while back and I was informed about how important it is to wear sunscreen. It was a bit of a reality check for me. I NEVER got into the habit of wearing sunscreen on my face, as I always found the formula was too thick, sticky, or broke me out. Not the case with this stuff here, I'm excited to tell you how much I love it!

shiseido ultra sun protection lotion s sensitive skin sunscreen review

Of course this guy is the star of this post! Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion S contains 50 SPF, is ideal for sensitive skin and children, and water resistant for 80 minutes. It is designed for both face and body, but the bottle is only 100ml so I'd like to use it sparingly and keep this for facial use only. 

•  Free of parabens, alcohol, fragrance, UV absorbers
•  Non-comedogenic

Shiseido utilizes their new 'WetForce' technology with this baby, it contains the perfect UV protection that was patch tested on people with sensitive skin under dermatologist supervision. WetForce is designed to get stronger when encountering water or sweat, containing a stabilized form of Ionic Mineral Sensor. Basically, creating a highly water repellent layer.

This sunscreen is really a lifesaver for me! I've finally found something I feel comfortable wearing on a daily basis. It doesn't disrupt the way my makeup goes on because it's so light, doesn't make my face super oily, and the best part is that it doesn't break me out! Now for what it does do... it protects my skin from sunburn and I love how high the SPF is. It does leave a white cast and needs to be rubbed in quite a bit so I wouldn't wear this for a night out, obviously. And be sure to apply enough and continuously apply throughout the day if you are going to be spending the entire day in the sun!

shiseido after sun recovery emulsion review

The After Sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion is kind of an afterthought. It is lovely to have but I wouldn't purchase this on it's own! If it came in a kit or set I would be delighted to have it. It is light, smells great, and feels slightly cooling on the skin. It soothed my burns on my shoulders where I didn't apply enough sunscreen. I do love the texture, the scent, and everything about this emulsion, except the price!

Benefits:
•  It penetrates quickly to relieve sun-stressed skin
•  Rehydrates to fight dryness and peeling
•  Contains Thiotaurine to help combat environmental factors
•  Improves and prolongs look of a tan

shiseido ultra sun protection lotion and recovery emulsion swatch and review
Top: Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion S,
Bottom Left: Shiseido After Sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion

I am 100% going to repurchase the Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion S. It works great for my skin and I've yet to find anything quite similar to it. The price is a little high at $49 CAD for 100ml, but I am fine with it considering it works and doesn't break me out. The After Sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion is amazing, but the price just sort of scares me away! It is $38 CAD for 150ml and it's hard to convince someone to purchase this alone especially considering most people just resort to the use of our trusty old friend, aloe gel!


These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Live Clean Hair Heroes: Keratin Oil, Argan Oil, Apple Cider

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live clean hair heroes review

Live Clean is a hair and skincare brand that you can likely find at your local drugstore or big box store in Canada. All of the 3 lines contain plant and natural ingredients (shampoos are 98% plant derived, conditioners are 96%), SLS/Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Phthalate and Phosphate Free, Pure Vegan and Vegetarian; Cruelty Free, Biodegradable Ingredients and are in Recyclable Packaging. Phew! You can say they put a lot of thought and effort into building their brand as natural and vegan free as possible, while maintaining affordable price points.

I was recently sent 3 different sets from Live Clean's list of top sellers, their "Haircare Heroes"! The Keratin Oil, Argan Oil, and Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo/Conditioners.

live clean keratin oil review
live clean argan oil review
live clean apple cider clarifying review

It is super hard to review shampoo and conditioners, especially when dealt with so many and so little time to try them all! I tried my best to make this short and sweet, and give you the gist on the 3 lines and how they benefit the hair differently. 

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Keratin Oil Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner: This line works to maintain frizz and reduce split ends. The Keratin Shampoo gently cleanses, restores, and helps straighten hair. They are both deeply hydrating and contain Phyto-Keratin blended into the Brazillian Buriti Oil. The line also contains Macadamia Nut Oil to repair hair. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell amazingly of pineapple (to me, not sure if my scent buds are off).


Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo & Conditioner: The Argan Oil line prides itself on re-nourishing, replenishing, and restoring. The shampoo and conditioner are both rich is essential fatty acids and ideal to hydrate and nourish without the extra weight. The Argan Oil is 100% pure, and the shampoo/condt. also contain Certified Grape Seed and Olive Oil to protect against UV damage. 

I loved using both the Keratin Oil and the Argan Oil sets. I would totally repurchase conditioners again but the shampoos were a little too heavy for my liking! Not to say they weren't awesome, the ingredients are amazing, but I have very thin hair and love to use a volumizing shampoo saving heavier conditioners for the ends. I can see myself using the conditioners regularly.

Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo & Ultra Light Conditioner: This is by far my favourite set out of the line. A little biased because I've bought the Clarifying Shampoo in the past and therefore I've had a much longer time to test it out. It removes any old product build-up in my hair and I feel safe using it on my hair and it smells amazing, just like apple cider and no hint of vinegar! The only downside is it can leave the hair feeling a little dull or dry! I try to focus it only on my roots however and use it weekly or even less. The conditioner is pretty basic to me. It is very light which I love! I don't find it conditions very well though because of how light it is so I'd prefer to pair the Clarifying Shampoo with something a little more nourishing like the Keratin or Argan Oil Conditioner.

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I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Live Clean to a friend. I think they are probably of of the most affordable, if not the cheapest, drugstore haircare line with natural, friendly ingredients! I am not afraid to use any of their products and have a ton of trust in the brand. I would say they are 100% one of the best places to start if you are looking to use products without sulfates. 

All of the shampoo and conditioners are 350 ml sized (typically) and retail for about $6.99 CAD each. I believe I have seen them for less at big box superstores like Walmart though! Live Clean is otherwise available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart in the GTA, and Lawtons Drugs, London Drugs, Safeway, Sobey's East, and Uniprix in the rest of Canada.

You can find the rest of their line and more product info on their website here, and if you can't find their products in stores you can shop online in Canada on well.ca.

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer Review

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make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review

Make Up For Ever is very well known for their Full Cover Concealer and HD Foundation. But they're just recently launched a new line called Ultra HD - consisting of the foundation and concealers designed to keep you flawless even under 4K film. 

The newest Ultra HD Concealer is stated to be invisible, luminous and comfortable. With a focus on correcting and concealing dark under eye circles, blurring fine lines and wrinkles. 

•  Lamellar Structure Pigments: reflect and diffuse light, erase shadows and blur imperfections
•  Anti-Dark Circle Complex: green algae and amino acids to help conceal and correct along with radiance booster Asian berry extract to stimulate collagen production
•  3D Elastomer Gel: reduce appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

There are 10 different shades of the concealer with 5 dedicated to correcting and neutralizing and the other half of the shades dedicated to concealing and brightening.

make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review

The applicator tip is unique and designed so it can be applied directly to the skin, however I found it a hassle and just prefer to apply to my fingers first. I then dab the concealer under my eyes, let it set for 15 seconds and then use a sponge or dense brush to blend it out. It actually took me a few tries to get used to the application. It might appear a little dry in the winter for those with dry under eye areas but with the weather lately over 0 degrees celsius - I haven't had a problem. I also found using a bit too little wouldn't give me the best results either. 

make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review
(1) Before, (2) Applying it, and (3) After using - Shade Y23 Ivory

I have fallen in love with this concealer! It is very easy to see in the photos of it worn above that it does brighten and blur the under eye area and conceals my under eye darkness very well. I wish it did hide my fine lines better but it still does a decent job of it. With a setting powder the concealer lasts all day long. It probably works the best for the under eye area and I wouldn't bother to use it anywhere else really if you have dry skin. It is ok for around the nose but I noticed it doesn't go over well if you have any flakey or dry skin. As it is a bit of a pricey concealer for the small 7ml tube, I wouldn't recommend this for every day but rather for special occasions or nights out!

make up for ever ultra hd concealer y23 review

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer is available for $32 CAD at Sephora locations across Canada, and on makeupforever.ca.

This product was received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 
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Blinc Discovery Collection

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blinc box discovery collection review

I have the most stubborn eyes and lashes, so I tend to only wear waterproof or water resistant products near my eyes. I almost always have to touch up my makeup a few hours into my day. When I found out that Blinc (a brand I've been interested in but have never tried before) launched a Discovery Collection consisting of 'Life Proof' cosmetics, I was super curious to try!

Blinc's Discovery Collection consists of their Mascara Amplified, Eyebrow Mousse, Eyeshadow Primer, and Eyeliner Pencil. Their box set claims to be 'Life Proof', as in smudgeproof, run proof and flake proof. It contains mini sizes of 4 of the most important eye makeup essentials you need. 

blinc box discovery collection review

The set comes packaged in a box, which reminds me of beauty boxes subscriptions that I used to subscribe to! All 4 of the products are mini sized and come in their own colourful tubes with a twist off lid. The packaging is so fun, but sadly I don't see myself putting the gorgeous tubes to use ever again. I wish I knew another purpose for them!

blinc box discovery collection review

The Discovery Collection only comes in one variation.. which sucks for those who have darker eyebrows or skin-tone as the Light Brunette Eyebrow Mousse and the Eyeshadow Primer in Light may be too light.

blinc box discovery collection review

Blinc's Mascara Amplified is probably the star of this collection. The mascara has a unique formula that is water resistant, but will remove with water and a rubbing action simultaneously. The mascara has a different kind of formula which clings onto the hairs creating 'tubes' which help to lengthen and thicken the lashes. The stuff itself is really innovative and the removal application is so easy and cool! However the applicator brush is a little large. The mascara and brush itself does grab hairs quite well. 

It didn't hold my curl as well as I had hoped, as the formula isn't as heavy or thick as a typical waterproof mascara formula that I'm used to wearing. I actually found removing it pretty fun. A little rubbing and water and it comes off! I've never tried a formula like this one.

blinc box discovery collection review

The Eyebrow Mousse in the Discovery Collection comes in Light Brunette, and I found the colour to be just that, a Light Brunette-sort-of-Taupe shade. I love eyebrow mousses but the problem I have with this product is the brush!! Urghh!! It is so huge, and I can barely get the product onto my lashes. Instead, I have to really get in there and the mousse ends up sitting on the skin under my brow hairs instead. -__- Frustrating! I think this would work much much better with a thinner wand.

blinc box discovery collection review

The Eye Shadow Primer has a bit of colour, so it isn't universal like Urban Decay's. It is not oily but goes smoothly onto the lid. It conceals any problem areas or darkness on the lid and leaves you with a gorgeous base to apply eyeshadow to. It dries almost instantly and it holds eyeshadow decently well. This wouldn't be my #1 eyeshadow primer choice but I definitely do like it and will continue using it. It brightens up the eye because the shade is lighter than my skin-tone. It also conceals any darkness or discolouration on the eyelids. 

blinc box discovery collection review

Although I don't use Eyeliner Pencil's much because my eyes are sensitive to tugging and pulling so I prefer liquid, this one is probably most ideal for the waterline. It isn't so creamy that it'll wear off but it goes on gently. It also claims to be waterproof, fade, and smudge-proof.

blinc box discovery collection review
Blinc's Mascara Amplified, Eyebrow Mousse in Light Brunette, Eyeshadow Primer in Light, Eyeliner Pencil in Black

Overall I had fun with the discovery box and it is totally worth it for someone like me who wears this type of eye makeup. I use mascara, eyebrow mousse, primer and liner on a daily basis so this set is guaranteed to be used up! The Blinc Box Discovery Collection is available directly from their website with free shipping to Canada and the US ($36.00 USD) here!

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Hask Hair: Keratin Protein & Almond Oil

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hask hair keratin protein and almond oil review

Hask is a hair care line that focuses on bringing together 'good for your hair' ingredients to treat and protect hair for a decent price! What stands out about their products is that they are free of sulphates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colours, alcohol, and gluten! Their product line currently consist of Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, Almond Oil, Monoi Coconut Oil, Charcoal with Citrus Oil, Bamboo Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, and Keratin Protein Oil. I was sent their Keratin Protein Shampoo, Conditioner, their Almond Oil Root Thickening Spray, and Macadamia Oil Conditioning Treatment to test, and *spoiler* I had a super great experience with all of the products!

hask hair keratin protein and almond oil review

The Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99 USD each) is designed to "soften and renew weak and damaged hair. It will leave hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free, and repair damage and reduce breakage." I can't use this religiously because it doesn't give me enough volume, but I love the results of my hair after using it. The scent isn't sweetest but I do like the promises this duo makes! My hair is soft and shiny after using it.

hask hair mint almond oil root thickening spray review

The Mint Almond Oil Root Thickening Spray really impressed me. It smells exactly as described, like mint almond, and it is designed to "restore volume while adding nourishing shine". I was impressed at how this actually worked at adding a bit of volume, without making my roots sticky or feeling gross. It is wonderful to use when hair is damp and definitely works, I would totally purchase this as I am always looking for products to increase volume!

hask hair macadamia oil conditioning treatment review

Hask's Macadamia Oil Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment is the last product I tried. I personally put this off for a while because I hate packet products. But the scent is sooo lovely I wish I'd tried it sooner! Macadamia Oil is mainly used to repair damage by absorbing, penetrating, and sealing the hair. There is a lot of product in this and it definitely can be used more than once. I have for sure spot this in Walmart Canada for probably around $3-4 bucks. The other products I haven't seen on shelves, but I am hopeful they will become more accessible for Canadians very soon.

I was very impressed with the HASK Hair products I tried and I would totally purchase them when I run out. They contain ingredients that are totally okay for use on the hair and I love how affordable their products are. Check out Hask Beauty for more details on their various product lines, and for Canadians Well.ca to shop some of their products.




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Sleek i-Divine Enchanted Forest Palette

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sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review

Not sure if I've done a post on Sleek Makeup before. They are an affordable makeup brand from the UK with all of their 12-shade eyeshadow palettes priced at an affordable $11.99 USD. The brand really has a lot of great products and affordable shipping to the US or Canada but today I'm going to be talking only about their i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Enchanted Forest.

sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review
sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review

Shades:
Top Row: Glass Slipper, Beatrice, Perla, Fairy Godmother, Grand Duke, Drizella
Bottom Row: Pumpkin, Prince Charming, Happily Ever After, Anastasia, Daphne, Lady Tremaine

sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette swatches
L to R: Glass Slipper, Beatrice, Perla, Fairy Godmother, Grand Duke, Drizella
Pumpkin, Prince Charming, Happily Ever After, Anastasia, Daphne, Lady Tremaine

sleek idivine enchanted forest eyeshadow palette review

I found the shades in the palette themselves gorgeous, but a little hard to work with together. They are such gorgeous princess type colours but I feel like I have to mix them with shades from other palettes in order to get them to work together best. Favourite shades are probably Beatrice, Fairy Godmother, Drizella, Pumpkin, Happily Ever After, Anastasia, and Lady Tremaine.

The pigmentation of Sleek's eyeshadow palettes are always great and there's no difference with this palette. I used mainly shades Fairy Godmother for the inner corners, Beatrice on lid, Anastasia on outer corners of lid, Drizella and Lady Tremaine for the crease. The shadows are easy to work with but I generally go for a softer look, which I didn't do here. I did a softer look with this palette as well but can't seem to find the photos I'd taken for that, so I will put them up here when I do find them! Overall I'd 100% recommend Sleek for affordable shadow palettes, they do have some interesting shade combinations as well.

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