Wednesday, 27 July 2016

My First Time at a Benefit Brow Bar

It's been said that 2016 is the year of the brow and I am ALL for it. Many cosmetic companies have made it easier to get killer brows at home with easy to use products. I've learned how to use a variety of products and techniques to get good looking brows, but recently I've upped my brow game by visiting the Sephora brow bar to get my brows tinted and professionally shaped.


"F*ck you, AND your eyebrows!"
Until recently, I never knew brow tinting was beneficial for people with dark brows. I thought "well hey, my brows are already a nice colour" and didn't think twice about spending time doing my brows myself at home. My life changed once I got my brows tinted for the first time. I'm not gonna lie, I really thought I would end up looking like Bogdan from Breaking Bad. EEK!!!

I was terrified about getting my eyebrows darker, but the brow specialist assured me that my brows would look fabulous. "OK! I trust you!" I said. I'm all about trying new things right?!?!

The brow specialist started by mapping my brows and showed me where my regular waxing lady had gone wrong. I had one "good brow" and one that needed "a little extra love." I was happy to finally get my brow shape corrected. I didn't even realize they weren't the same before.


Next came the tint. It felt really creamy and was only on my face for a few minutes, but WHAT A DIFFERENCE those few minutes made! My natural brow didn't look so sparse, and it looked like they were "done" even though there was absolutely no product on my brows.

After a bit of trimming and plucking, the brow specialist used the new Benefit brow products to make my brows look even more amazing! I was very impressed with the end result. Just when I thought I was doing a good job with my brows, I get schooled by the best and learn what a truly amazing brow should look like. If you haven't already visited a Brow Bar to get your brows professionally shaped, I highly suggest you do! You won't be disappointed :)

Have you ever been to the Benefit Brow Bar? What did you think?

And PS... I'm giving away a Benefit Brow Pass in my Instagram giveaway so you could get the chance to get your own Brows Wowed! Check my Instagram page at @alittlebitofgloss to enter if you haven't already! You can also enter the contest by subscribing to this blog via email.

Monday, 25 July 2016

My First Time using NYX Double Stacked mascara

I have been lucky enough to get awesome products to try from Ipsy, my current makeup subscription that I get once a month. The cool thing about it is, not only do you get stuff to try that maybe you wouldn't have thought of buying in store, you also earn points by leaving your review about the products you try. This month I earned enough point to get an exclusive NYX product. The Double Stacked mascara appeared in my points list one day and I had to grab it! It promises "all the drama you could ever imagine" so I just HAD to try it for myself.

This was my first time trying a mascara with fibres and I wasn't sure what I was in for. This was a three step process that included a base coat (black tube), fibre coat (white tube), and top coat (black tube). I didn't mind the formula of the regular mascara, but I didn't like how the fibres fell on my face and fluttered around while I was applying it. It actually took about two or three coats of the fibres to really get them on my lashes. I really didn't see a difference with just one coat of the fibres. The top coat went on a bit glossy and looked like tar, but dried nicely. I was really impressed with the end result. Check out this before and after picture! What a difference huh!?

You can find more info about the Double Stacked mascara here: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/double-stacked-mascara/NYX_341.html

And if you're feeling really adventurous, you can sign up for Ipsy here:
Ipsy Sign Up

Have you ever used a mascara with fibres? What did you think of it?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

My First Time using Touch Me Skin Care

As a teenager I never really put much effort into my skin care routine. I didn't care about where the ingredients came from or what long term effect it had. I would go for the products that were on sale, the products I recognized from magazines or advertisements, the products that were a quick fix and nothing more. Now that I'm older an much more wiser ;) I realize how important it is to do a little homework before you buy skin care products.

I'm trying my best to be a little more conscious about the products I'm using and I was very happy to receive a few products to test from Touch Me Skin Care, a vegan, 100% organic, cruelty-free skin care company based out of NYC (THANK YOU GUYS!)



I tried the Cool as a Cucumber eye cream, Kiss Me Deadly breath spray, and Balance Me roll on oil. 

It took some time for me to get used to the smell. I hate to admit that I'm used to "fake" and artificial scents, so smelling something  this natural and potent was new to me. The cucumber mint eye cream sure felt luxurious, but I wasn't used to the smell of this particular combo. The first night I used the cream under my eyes I wasn't impressed. I didn't notice any visible changes when I woke up but I kept using it to see if anything would happen after using it a bit longer. After a week I noticed the results. My eyes looked refreshed in the morning and my skin was visibly smoother. I got so many compliments I couldn't believe it! 

Next up was the Kiss Me Deadly breath spray. I was happy to try it since I have never used a breath spray before.  While I didn't mind the taste, the effects were not long lasting.

My favourite product was the Balance Me oil. Let me tell you...this was one of the best oils I have ever used! I love this so so much :) It's the perfect size for popping in my purse when I'm going out, or in my gym bag for a quick little pick me up. I wasn't familiar with Ylang Ylang, but I was very impressed with this sweet but still earthy smelling oil.

While I'm still getting familiar with vegan, 100% organic, cruelty-free skin care, I highly recommend taking a look at what Touch Me skin care has to offer. There are tons of other awesome stuff on their website if you are interested in vegan skin care products. Check them out at touchmeskincare.com.

Have you tried vegan skin care products? What do you think about them?

Monday, 18 July 2016

July 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

My current makeup subscription box is from Ipsy. I was a bit skeptical about a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box because I didn't want to end up with a bunch of products I couldn't use or didn't know how to use. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products in a cute makeup bag, and I was sold after checking out their previous bags. If you're not very adventurous with makeup like me, it's a great way to build your makeup collection on the cheap and expand your makeup expertise!

The July Ipsy Glam Bag was the perfect summer themed haul. Let me take a moment to tell you how cute the metallic bag was. I loved the little umbrellas and thought the pink and blue zipper was adorable! I have been a subscriber since February 2016 and have not been disappointed yet!

I was pleased with every single item in my bag and was so excited to try them all. 

In my bag:
Not Soap Radio When Life Gives You Lemons hand and body lotion
Vasanti eyeshadow brush
Too Faced Hangover Face Primer
Model co Power Lash Mascara
The Balm Mr. Write Now eyeliner pencil in Scott

I also scored an exclusive preview of NYX Doubled Stacked base coat and mascara by cashing in some points *HUGE BONUS!!!*

I rate the July Ipsy Glam Bag 5/5! 

The product I was most excited about was the Too Faced primer. Before I started my makeup journey I never bothered with primer. It was one of those things that I felt I could go without. Now that I'm able to try new brands I wouldn't have thought to try, I realize how wrong I was to go without something so important as primer. THANK YOU IPSY!!







Click here to sign up with Ipsy and get your very own Glam Bag! 

More about the products inside:

Not Soap Radio When Life Gives You Lemons hand and body lotion- I really liked the formula of this lemon scented lotion. My hands felt so smooth and smelled AMAZING!! It absorbed quickly into my skin and wasn't sticky. My new go-to lotion!

Vasanti eyeshadow brush- The bristles on this eyeshadow brush seemed longer than any other eyeshadow brush I currently have. It's soft, yet dense. I like. 

Too Faced Hangover Face Primer- I was pleasantly surprised with how smooth this formula is! This was the first Too Faced product that I have tried and I was very very pleased to see an immediate difference in my skin's appearance. Obsessed!

Model co Power Lash Mascara- There wasn't anything that really stood out with this mascara. The brush and formula were average. It did the job like any other mascara, but I didn't see anything unusually "special" about it. Meh.

The Balm Mr. Write Now eyeliner pencil in Scott-I really liked the colour of this liner. It wasn't quite brown, but it wasn't quite purple. Maroon isn't it either. Whatever it is...I like it. 

What did you get in your July Glam Bag? I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My First Time using Mirai Clinical

Oh how I love summer! I actually don't MIND winter, but if I had to pick my favourite season I'd pick summer every time :) But if you're like me, warmer weather also comes with some not so pleasant effects...like body odour. UGH...am I talking about something not so nice again? Yup, I sure am! You see, not only do I feel like I need to shower more than once a day when its a hot day because of my underarm smell, there's some times that the smell doesn't seem to go away AFTER the shower. Sure I'm clean after a shower, but sometimes I can still get a faint whiff of something that should have been washed away. Weird right?! 

Now let me explain, I'm a fairly healthy and active twentysomething, so what was to blame for my offensive body odour? Was it something I was eating? Was it something I was wearing, maybe my deodorant? Was it my soap? Maybe I wasn't scrubbing hard enough. ERMIGAD do not go to Web MD Mo...don't do it!!!!! (I tend to freak out sometimes..UGH) I was losing my mind as to what it could be and thankfully I figured it out!


I was able to try some of the products from Miral clinical (thanks Mirai clinical team!) and I was pretty surprised by the results. I tried the purifying body wash, purifying body serum, persimmon soap bar, 3-in-1 multi-tasking face serum. I will admit that I have never heard of some of their ingredients like persimmon extract and astaxanthin. I am not very familiar with Asian skin care brands but I was very very impressed with the quality of the products. 

I was also genuinely impressed with how well the products worked. I noticed after the very first use that I didn't need to use deodorant and I still smelled fresh the next day. I really liked the scent of all the products and the formula of the body serum and body wash felt very nice. My skin responded very well to all the products I got to try, and as a person with dry patches on my legs, I was very happy to note how smooth my skin felt. I highly recommend trying the entire line of Miral Clinical products, not only if you're looking to help curb your body odour this summer, but if you're looking for a fresh and natural line of skin care products. I can't tell you how grateful I am that I found a brand that actually helps with my embarrassing body odour!

Mirai Clinical's Executive and Product Development team is comprised of experienced skin care and science professionals from Japan and the U.S. Our mission is to develop the most naturally safe and exceptionally effective skin and body care products based on the Japanese practice that less is more: the less products you use, the more healthy and youthful your skin. Mirai, which means “the future” or “new beginning,” represents a new generation of skin care that fuses simplification with advanced harvesting and production technology.

If you would like to know more about Miral Clinical, visit their website at 
http://www.miraiclinical.com/

Monday, 4 July 2016

My First Time using Dream Dots pimple treatment

ACNE...Dun dun dun! That "other" four letter word. Let's not forget the others! Zit. Pimple. UGH, all such nasty words for something we all experience at some point or another. How much money do you think you've spent trying to get rid of your acne? 

There are so many companies and products that promise clear pimple-free skin. It's almost mind boggling! I've spent so much money trying to control acne and if you're like me, you feel like you tried almost everything! Now that I'm in my late twenties and figured out a skin care routine that works well for my combination skin, I haven't had a serious break out in a while. THANK GOODNESS! There is a certain time of month, however, that I get some pimples on my forehead.  Like a beacon of dispair, every month, without fail. I was super excited to get an acne treatment I saw on Instagram from the lovely Dream Dots team. THANKS GUYS!!!

I was curious to see just how long it would take for these sticky little dots to do the trick. Was this the end of my monthly breakouts?? I hoped so. SO SO SO MUCH!

I love getting blogger mail, so when I got the small box I opened the package and immediately examined the little dots that held so much promise. They were sticky, they were tiny...and I was skeptical. Of course I cringed when I took a pimple selfie (it's for the readers, it's for the readers, was my mantra) and started my test.


I was excited to peel the dot from the paper and cover up my little pimple. Maybe a little too excited! Then I went to sleep and had sweet dreams of my pimple free forehSearch Descriptionead :)

The next morning I was ready to peel off the dot, and fair warning, it hurt a bit more than I'd like to admit. I debated leaving it on, and how embarrased was I that I totally forgot about the little hairs on my face that would come off along with the dot once I peeled it off. OMG! I didn't think I was THAT hairy. JEEEZ....AND my pimple was still there! Such sad face :( 

SIDE NOTE--I DO NOT recommend using the dot on any part of your face that you have hair. Seriously...it hurt. 

It took three days for my lovely friend to disappear and I got used to peeling it off gently. It wasn't so traumatizing after the second day. I didn't have any exectations about how long it would take so I has happy that it only took three days. There were no marks or scars...and it looks like the pimple was never there. I have a blemish free forehead (for now) thanks to Dream Dots!

Have you tried Dream Dots? I'd love to hear how it worked for you!

AAAAAAAANNNDDDDDD *PSST* lemme share a secret with you!  I will be including a box of dots in my next giveaway so the lucky winner gets to try it for themselves. How awesome is that? STAY TUNED!


Friday, 1 July 2016

My First Time using Glowmedica

I've always been the type of person that needed to use an exfoliant on my face in order for it to feel clean. As a teenager, I was the worst for over scrubbing, resulting in that shiny-but-dry skin that didn't absorb or respond well to moisturizers. I always used to skip the moisturizer because of this. Oh, how wrong was I back then?!?! Now that I'm older (and much, much more wiser) I understand what works for my skin and the importance of using an exfoliant no more than twice a week. 

For the longest time I was in love with the Clean and Clear Morning Burst Scrub. The bursting beads really made my skin feel so much softer, and my skin was in the best condition it ever was. It turns out that since this product contains tiny plastic microbeads called polyethylene beads, it will no longer be produced. The scoop is, these little beads are not filtered properly during sewage treatment and have the potential to harm marine life (major booooooo!) So, now that my favourite scrub is banned in my country, I was a very very happy camper when I was sent the Amber Glow scrub from the Glowmedica team. 

My first check was to see if the product contained polyethylene beads. I was happy to find that the Amber Glow felt like sand. It was very gritty but oh, so luxurious. Exactly what I was looking for. My skin felt super soft and I was very surprised with the results. I didn't realize how different my skin could feel and look, just by using an exfoliant with better ingredients. 

I used the Timeless Glow Mask after using the exfoliant for a double whammy treatment and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. The smell was very nice, but a bit too strong for me. I prefer a much more subtle scent, but that didn't take away from the experience at all. I felt like I treated myself to a mini facial at home after using these products. I highly recommend checking out Glowmedica and their entire line of products! It feels nice to finally find a worthy replacement for my favourite scrub that's so much better in more ways than one!



If you're curious about what makes Glowmedica so amazing, check out this ingredient list I found on their website:



Almond Oil | Prunus amygdalus

Almond oil is rich in vitamins such as E, A and D, 
has antioxidant properties, and is a good moisturizer.

Aloe Vera | Aloe barbandosis

Aloe is known for its anesthetic, anti-bacterial, and tissue 
restorative properties and provides excellent hydrating, 
softening and soothing qualities.

Alpha Lipoic Acid | (Thiotic Acid)

A natural substance found in certain foods such as spinach 
and broccoli and produced in the human body. It has 
antioxidant properties of fighting free radicals, 
promoting cell energy production, and is anti-inflammatory. 

Amber Granules | Pinus succinifera

​Amber is a fossilized resin coming from forests of 
Pinus succinifera, a Jurassic European conifer tree.  
It is used as a natural physical exfoliating agent, and 
accelerates skin desquamation and improves cell 
oxygenation to improve skin appearance. Its size and 
smoothly rounded shape make it suitable for mild face 
exfoliation as well as body use.

Antarcticine® | Pseudoalteromonas antarctica 

Antarcticine® is a glycoprotein sourced from the Antarctic 
Ocean that protects the skin from dryness. It stimulates the 
formation of collagen I and IV as well as elastin, restructuring 
the skin so that it looks smoother while the depth of wrinkles 
decreases.

Apricot Kernel Oil | ​Prunus armeniaca

Similar to almond oil, apricot kernel oil has antioxidant 
properties and is a good emollient for the skin. It also has 
anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

​Aquaxyl™ | (Xylitylglucoside + Anhydroxylitol + Xylitol) 

AQUAXYL™ is a hyaluronic acid booster. It optimizes the 
circulation of water throughout all layers of the skin, and it 
can limit water loss. 

Argireline® ​

Argireline® (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8) is a peptide whose chemical 
structure is a shortened fragment of Botox®. It is a muscle-relaxing 
peptide that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

​Bisabolol

Anti-irritant typically extracted from chamomile. Bisabolol reduces 
pro-inflammatory cytokine production and ameliorates skin inflammation. 
Works as a skin conditioning agent. It enhances the appearance of 
dehydrated or damaged skin by reducing dry flaking and restoring 
suppleness to the skin. 

​Capryloyl Glycine

An amino acid that can restrict the growth of bacteria and also 
controls excessive secretion of sebum, making it conducive to 
prevent and treat acne and oily skin.  It also increases the ability 
of the skin to better transport other active ingredients and reduce 
wrinkles.

Chamomile Extract | Chamomilla recutita

Chamomile extract is naturally derived from the chamomile flower 
and is traditionally known for its skin soothing properties. It has 
antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities as well. 

Cinnamon Bark Extract | Cinnamomum camphora

Cinnamon bark extract has antimicrobial, antioxidant,  and 
circulation stimulating properties. It helps inhibit pore infection 
to reduce blemishes and rejuvenates the skin. 

Coco-Glucoside

A mixture of fatty alcohol derived from coconut oil and fruit 
sugar (glucose), and chiefly functions as a cleansing agent that 
is very mild and skin-friendly. 

​Coenzyme-Q10 | Ubiquinone

CoQ10 is a present in all human cells and has anti-aging effects, 
most notably by reducing UV damage and stimulating healthy 
collagen production. Topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant 
and anti-inflammatory effects.

Emblica | Indian Gooseberry

Emblica is an  important medicinal plant in Ayurveda, or 
Traditional Indian Medicine. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory 
and anti-cancer properties and also aids in wound healing. 

​Glycerin

Glycerin is a substance found naturally in skin which helps 
maintain the outer skin barrier and prevents dryness or scaling.

​Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane 
and helps exfoliate the skin to improve acne and photodamaged 
skin. It also regenerates new skin cells by increasing the 
epidermal thickness and dermal glycosaminoglycan content, 
all of which lead to younger-looking skin. 

Grapefruit Extract | Citrus paradisi

Grapefruit is rich in vitamins A, C, E and antioxidants that nourish and 
protect the skin from free radical damage. It also has  essential 
phytonutrients such as lycopene, beta-carotene, and bioflavonoids that 
promote cellular health.

Green Tea Extract | Camellia sinensis

Green tea extract is high in antioxidants, is  a good anti-inflammatory 
agent, and has an inhibitory action on collagenase (a 
collagen-reducing enzyme that breaks down collagen). 
The topical use of green tea helps to promote the health and 
quantity of collagen, thereby maintaining a firm and elastic skin. 
Green tea extract appears to exert a sun protective effect by 
quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. 

​Honey

Substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowering plants. 
Honey is used in skincare for its amino acid, peptide, and vitamin 
content. Honey is a humectant to moisturize the skin, 
has anti-inflammatory properties to promote wound healing, 
and also functions as an antioxidant. 

Iris Root Extract | Iris florentina

Iris root extract is rich in natural isoflavones and has 
astringent and purifying properties. It helps to regulate 
excess sebum buildup.

Jojoba Oil | Simmondsia chinenis

Jojoba oil has been shown to enhance skin’s barrier-repair 
properties and ability to heal from damage.  As a plant oil 
that’s a rich source of fatty acids skin recognizes and can use, 
jojoba oil can stimulate collagen production and help skin 
better defend itself against UV light damage. It  can also provide 
topical anti-inflammatory benefits.

Loquat Extract | Eriobotrya japonica 

Extract derived from a subtropical flower that has antioxidant 
and antitumor properties similar to those of green tea.

Marigold Seed Oil | Calendula officinalis 

Calendula ​seed extracts have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, 
and antioxidant properties and is used to condition the skin. 

Matrixyl® 3000 | Palmitoyl Oligopeptide + Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

Matrixyl 3000 is a combination of two peptides that work  
synergistically to restore and maintain the skin's youthful 
appearance by promoting new collagen synthesis.

Neroli Flower Extract | Citrus aurantium

Extracted from the bitter orange flower, neroli oil helps 
improve skin health by regenerating and keeping your skin 
elastic, preventing the appearance of stretch marks, improving 
acne, reducing the appearance of scars, and helping heal broken 
capillaries.

Olive Oil Soap (Sodium Olivate) | Olea europea

Olive oil helps break down dirt and residue and nourishes and 
calms the skin. It has antioxidant properties and is beneficial 
for dry skin because of its fatty acid content. Studies show 
that topically applied olive oil can protect against UVB damage.

Red Tea Extract | Aspalathus Linearis 

Rooibos, or red tea, is a plant found in South Africa that is 
abundant in antioxidants including the enzyme super oxide 
dismutase which prevents free radicals from destroying skin cells. 

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is found in nearly 70 plants, most notably in the 
skin and seeds of grapes, berries, red wine, jackfruit, and 
pomegranate. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat 
skin dermatitis. It contains potent antioxidant and 
anti-inflammatory characteristics and has been shown to 
protect against UVB skin damage.

​Retinol

​Retinol is one of the most studied anti-aging skincare ingredient, 
and its use helps create better, healthier skin cells, provides 
antioxidant support, and increases the amount of substances 
that enhance skin’s structural elements.

Rose Hip Seed Oil | Rosa rubginosa

Contains an extremely antioxidant-rich source of Vitamin C, 
containing ten times the amount in oranges. It also has Vitamins A, 
B, B2, E, K, and P as well as iron and copper compounds. It 
helps brighten and protect the skin. 

Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids

A foaming surfactant derived from amino acids found in apple juice 
that is gentle for the skin and the environment

Sarcosine

An amino acid that helps reduce the production of sebum and matifies 
the skin.

Seaweed Extract | Chondrus crispus

Extract of the Irish moss seaweed contains proteins, vitamin A, 
vitamin B1, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium. 
These are beneficial for skin as emollients, anti-inflammatory 
agents, and antioxidants. It is also used as thickening agents and 
water-binding agents.

Shea Butter | Vitellaria paradoxa

Shea butter is a plant lipid extracted from the nut of the Shea 
tree that grows wild in Central Africa. Shea butter is a rich 
source of antioxidants, and is used as an emollient in cosmetics 
to protect skin from harsh environments such as cold, dry 
winters and hot summer sun. 

​Sodium Hyaluronate

An excellent humectant and emollient, it moisturizes, lubricates 
and soothes skin. This ingredient holds 1000 times its own weight 
in moisture binding effects. 

Soy Extract

Potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent for skin that is 
high in isoflavones.  Soy is one of many phytochemicals that 
are biologically active against free radicals and has a 
collagen-stimulating effect that influence skin thickness and 
elasticity. Soy extract has been shown to help reduce the 
effects of UVB exposure on human skin cells. 

Sunflower Seed Oil | Helianthus annus

Sunflower seed oil has the ability to help repair skin’s barrier 
and reduce inflammation and is used as an emollient in 
cosmetics. It is a rich source of fatty acids that skin can use, 
including linoleic acid, and is excellent for dry skin. 

​Vitamin A | Retinyl Palmitate

Vitamin A is found in leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow 
vegetables, tomato products, fruits, and some vegetable oils. 
It is a cell-communicating ingredient and an antioxidant which 
helps regenerate skin cells and accelerates tissue repair to 
strengthen the epidermis.

Vitamin C | Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C is one of the most well-researched and beneficial 
vitamins you can apply topically. Ongoing use has been shown 
to increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, 
which is significant for wrinkle reduction), reduce the 
appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skins barrier 
and repair response, reduce inflammation, and help skin 
better withstand exposure to sunlight.

​Vitamin E | Tocopherol

Vitamin E is derived from vegetable oils or wheat germ and 
helps reduce skin damage, fight free radicals, support healthy 
collagen formation and maintain even skin tone.

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You can read more about Glowmedica here: 
http://www.glowmedica.com/

​Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide is EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) first choice 
for sun protection. It is stable in sunlight and can provide 
greater protection from UVA rays than titanium oxide or any 
other sunscreen chemical approved in the U.S.  







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