Monday, September 29, 2014

10 Fashion and beauty pet peeves

It's a Monday which means that we're all feeling a little out of sorts and a little cranky today. In the spirit of it being a Monday, I would like to rant a bit about some of the things that really irk me in regards to fashion and beauty.

In no particular order, my top 10 pet peeves when it comes to fashion and beauty are:

  1. The lack of a universal size system for clothes and shoes. The vast majority of the world uses metric for god's sake, so why can't stores agree on one system of sizing? It's ridiculous trying to shop for anyone or for yourself when you first have to familiarize yourself with what a size 4 is at store A versus at store B. And just stop with the vanity sizing already! I KNOW already that I'm not really a XXS, although I do thank for the attempted ego boost.
  2. Or at the very least, have cohesion within your own brand. Makeup brands are horrible for this with "light skin" meaning various things across different foundation lines within their own brand. 
  3. Multiple names for the same ingredient. I'm looking at you mineral oil/petrolatum as a common example. Not only do we have to deal with all the misinformation floating around about whether an ingredient is safe or not, we also have to find out what all their shifting aliases are! 
  4. Online stores that aren't updated or useful in any way. Yes, these still do exist. Not naming names, but I'm sure we've all encountered a store's website where it's not easy to find the stores near you, or they may not even sell anything online! What's the point?!
  5. Ridiculous sales. I'm looking straight at you Aritzia (why do I feel okay calling you out by name?). It's just INSULTING to have a sale where it's $5 off. I probably spent $5 just getting to your dumb store so give me my freaking 40% off dammit!! 
  6. Products that have no instructions on how to use them. Yes, you're a pre-post-serum-essence thingy, but at what point of the day or night am I supposed to use them in my bazillion step beauty regime?
  7. Sweaters made of itchy material. We can get to the moon and peer into the secrets of the universe, but making a sweater out of material that won't make you feel like you're wearing thorns is apparently beyond the realm of science.
  8. Clothes that are dry clean only. Silk, being the exception, but why are so many nice tops dry clean only? Men have pants that they can wipe ketchup off of, so why can't we ladies get a cheaper laundry bill.
  9. People who wear Crocs and Uggs. This needs no explanation. The only exception is if it's snowing or you're gardening. Then you're legit, otherwise just quit.
  10. People who write lists telling you what's a do or a don't in fashion. Every "don't" at some point was probably a "do" so wear what makes you feel fabulous and forget the trends. Except if it involves #9. Don't do that. Ever.

By the way, it's the last week to enter my Clinique Sonic System Purifying cleansing brush! Get on it!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Pinspirations: cloudy mornings

Just J: Pinspirations: cloudy mornings
Alexa Chung, WhoWhatWear | Crystal and rhinestone ring, AEBGG | Interior, MoonandTrees | Lea Seydoux, Grazia | Robes, Plum Pretty Sugar | Pencil skirt, WhoWhatWear | Shadow palette, Tom Ford, Demure Porcelain

You know those days. It's the weekend and the morning light is that kind of clear, off-white color and the sky is that perfect heather grey that you've been searching for in a sweater for ages. You stretch and luxuriate in the fact that you don't have anywhere to be. If you do, then you show up looking effortless with just a hint of a smoky eye, bee-stung lips and clothes that make you long to return to bed.

I haven't done a Pinspirations post lately, but I miss them. It's always so interesting to cull through my recent and past pins for a sense of cohesion to guide me in my day to day outfit choices. When I went shopping on the weekend, it really hit me that I'm nearing 30. The trendy, teenager stores just struck me as gauche. Or maybe I'm in a norm-core phase. Whatever it is, I sure as hell don't feel like trying too hard.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Giveaway: Get Fall Fresh with the new Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Just J Giveaway: Get Fall Fresh with the new Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

It's your lucky day readers - today I'll be introducing AND giving away the brand-spanking new Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush! Touted as Clinique's answer to the famous Clarisonic, this brush is designed to give you that fresh-faced summer radiance all year long.

To produce this tool, Clinique worked with a crack team of Swiss engineers and dermatologists to develop this revolutionary new addition to their 3-step skin care program. Designed to work with their existing cleansing products, the Sonic will help remove makeup, clarify pores and slough away dry, dead skin.

So how does this brush differ from the Clarisonic and other cleansing brushes?
  • It's tolerable for even the most sensitive skin tones with its super soft bristles and massaging motions (I can vouch for the softness having touched one myself - it is BUNNY soft)
  • Two speed levels allow for personalization depending on how deep a clean you desire 
  • The oval shaped brush and ergnomic handle make this brush easy to use and helps you to focus on all those nooks and crannies of your face
  • Two different types of bristles target different areas of your face - the green bristles are a little rougher to dig into the pores of your T-zone for deep cleaning while the white are softer for overall cleansing on your cheeks
Want to learn more? Watch the video below:

You can purchase the Sonic anywhere where Clinique is sold for $95, but right now I have a special opportunity for one lucky person: the chance to win their own Sonic brush!

This giveaway is open to Canada and the continental US - the only requirement is that I ask you to report back with your results upon using this brush for a follow-up post here on Just J! Don't worry, you don't need to be a blogger; you just need to provide your honest opinion.

So what are you waiting for? Enter below!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Introducing Amie Skincare: Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturizer and Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask reviews


I'm very excited to bring to you another new-ish launch to the Canadian skincare market: Amie Skincare. You may have read some reviews of this line already, but if you haven't, Amie is a UK beauty line started by former Estee Lauder exec, Fiona Parkhouse. After seeing the irritating effects of products on her daughter's skin, Parkhouse teamed up with dermatologist Dr. Susan Mayou to design a line of plant-based products that are gentle, effective and non-irritating. Designed for sensitive skins, Amie skincare defines itself as "pure and natural" beauty, with all of their products being cruelty free, paraben-free and containing on average 95% natural ingredients!

Today I'll be showcasing two products from the line, which launched just last month exclusively at Shopper's Drug Mart: the Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturizer and the Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask Click through for the full review...

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Body Shop Moroccan Wild Argan Oil body lotion and solid oil for lips review

Just J: Review of The Body Shop Moroccan Wild Argan Oil body lotion and solid oil

Launching just this summer, The Body Shop has jumped onto the argan train with their Moroccan Wild Argan Oil line. Consisting of a ton of products covering all of your body and skincare needs, this new line is designed to give you the luxurious feeling of spa-renewed skin at home. And of course, like many other TBS lines, the ingredients are ethically sourced.

I was lucky enough to receive the full line of Wild Argan Oil products, but today I'll just be reviewing the body lotion and solid oil lip treatment. Click through for the full review...

Friday, September 19, 2014

August beauty favourites

Just J: August beauty favourites

August was all over the map for me. I spent August dancing, hiking, relaxing and living life. For that you need some products that can keep up with whatever life throws and these picks do just that.

1. YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush lips and cheeks in Rose Epicurien - this duo product truly rocks. Not many multi-purpose products actually do what they claim, but the YSL Baby Dolls really do. This color gives me a perfect pink flush on my lips and cheeks that lasts for hours and looks very kawaii. Now I want them all!

2. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Solid Oil - this thick solid oil lip balm is made from ethically sourced wild argan oil from Morocco. I like using this balm as an overnight lip treatment as it's very thick and moisturizing. This balm leaves my lips soft and repaired for the day ahead. View full review.

3. Almay Intense i-Color eyeshadow in Smoky-i for browns - every brown-eyed girl needs a good arsenal of purple shadows and this is a great affordable option from Almay. This palette contains 3 shades which can be applied gently for a soft daytime smoky eye and layered deeper for a dramatic evening eye. The purple in particular is very wearable as it's slightly shimmery with a gray-purple finish.

4. Matrix Biolage Scalp Sync Soothing Serum - a cooling treat for your dry, itchy scalp, I am truly addicted to this product! Menthol and peppermint cool, while vitamin B5 nourishes your roots. View full review.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lancome Grandiose mascara review


By now you've seen and heard lots about the new Lancome Grandiose mascara, so I will try not to bore you with what you already know. What I can tell you about is my own personal experience with this product. The Grandiose was provided as a press sample care of Influenster.

The Product
The Lancome Grandiose mascara is hailed as a revolution in mascara primarily because of its innovative brush wand. Lancome claims this wand is swan-like, although I would beg to differ. This is what a real swan neck looks like:

Sorry to burst your bubble Lancome; your wand is bent, not swan-like. Regardless of that detail though, this wand is quite unique. The wand is bent just so that it becomes easier to reach every teeny lash on your eye and helps eliminate that awkward "cross-over" effect when you try to apply to your opposite eye from your dominant hand. 

Formula-wise, Lancome also doesn't slack off. The Grandiose formula contains rose cell extract, which nourishes and smooths lashes for ultimate length and definition.

So did it live up to the hype? Read on to find out!