Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guest Post: Red & White Look from Jasmine of The Happy Sloths


Hey everyone, my name is Jasmine and I am a beauty blogger over at The Happy Sloths! Today I wanted to share with you guys a "Red & White" look I did inspired by the Canadian flag colors, since July 1st was Canada Day. To see what products I used for the look, click.......

Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Story

So, it's been almost 2 months now, but I've had to wait that long to tell everyone properly before announcing it to my online "followers". So here goes.

Mr. Artist and I got engaged.

The story: there was a meteor shower happening that night, so Mr. Artist suggested that we go out and watch it at the nearby school yard. With Ecko in hand, we headed out around midnight to check out the stars. The night was cool and perfect for walking, but the sky was slightly overcast so we had to really keep our eyes alert for any meteors. We waited and waited and I *think* I spotted one, but no obvious shower of falling stars.

After a bit, Mr. Artist started shuffling in his pocket and said, "Oh, I have something for you," and nonchalantly pulled a small, square box out of his pocket. O M G. At this point, I think I had a mini heart attack. I immediately knew what it was. A ring. THE ring. I burst into tears and started blubbering like a fool. The rest was kind of a fog as we ran home so I could see the ring properly in the light and frantically call my mom to tell her the good news.

Our story may not be Youtube-worthy, but it's very us. I feel so lucky and grateful that I took that chance that fateful 5 years ago and reached out to say "Hi" to this man I am now going to spend my life with.

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(Yay, now that I've gotten this out of the way, prepare for more wedding related blog posts!)



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Win $100 worth of The Body Shop Goodies | #TheBodyShopGNO


Holy crap people have I got a special deal for you! I and a few of the other CBB girls are collaborating with The Body Shop to bring you a special giveaway this week to coincide with TBS' Girls Night Out event. 

Happening in stores across Canada, TBS will be offering exclusive discounts, free consultations and mini makeovers to all customers on Thursday July 17, 2014 from 4pm to closing time. 

Now you know the expression "take a picture or it didn't happen"? Well, that is even more true in this case because if you take a picture of yourself at any Girls Night Out event across Canada and post it to Twitter or Instagram, you will be entered to win a HUGE Summer Must-haves gift basket from The Body Shop worth $100!!

So how exactly do you get in on the action?
  1. Go to a Girls Night Out event at your local The Body Shop on Thursday after 4pm local time
  2. Snap a selfie of yourself at the event and post it to Twitter or Instagram mentioning @mizzjblog and #TheBodyShopGNO 
  3. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram! Well, this isn't mandatory, but would be looked upon with great favour ;)


Good luck everyone and hope to see you there!





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Monday, July 14, 2014

OGX Hydrate and DeFrizz Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Review


It's so hot right now I can barely bring myself to blog. Vancouver's undergoing a heat wave this week, which means 30+ degree weather! For us, that's pretty damn hot. Along with the heat, comes the humidity and with it dry, brittle hair. Luckily, I've been trying out the new Organix Hydrate + Defrizz line and can report on whether this is worth buying.

The Product
Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, oil and a curling cream, the entire Organix Hydrate + Defrizz line is formulated to give you smooth, sleek hair free from damage and the dreaded frizzies. Like all Organix (OGX) products, the shampoo and conditioner are paraben-free, sulfate-free and were not tested on animals.

The Guts
For the shampoo, the top ingredients are:

  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate - cleansing ingredient
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine - a cleanser, conditioner and anti-static ingredient derived from coconut oil. This one has been known to cause some skin irritation. 
  • PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide - yet another cleanser
For the conditioner, the top ingredients are:
  • Cetearyl Alcohol - a pretty standard ingredient in conditioners. This is used to moisturize the hair
  • Cetyl Alcohol - a foaming agent that also helps moisturize hair
  • Behentrimonium Chloride - helps to smooth the hair, but there is some evidence that it can irritate some people
The star ingredient of these two products though, is the Kukui nut. Kukui oil is traditionally used in Hawaii as a moisturizing oil for the hair, nails and body. You can find all sorts of Kukui nut products in Hawaii, so I was curious to see how this "mainland" product fared. I'm pretty happy that the Kukui nut appears so high in the ingredients list of both these products.


Price & Packaging
Both the shampoo and conditioner come in 385 mL bottles and are both $9.99 at London Drugs. The packaging is very simple, with a flip-top cap and squeezable case. It's unusual shape means it will take up more space on your shower shelf, but I also like the slightly luxurious touch the curvy shape provides.

Effectiveness
After testing out these products in tandem for the past 3 weeks, I have to say I am pretty... okay with the results. With such a rich sounding, "miracle" ingredient, you kinda expect more. As the ingredient list above shows, the largest ingredients in these products are pretty standard and that reflects my results.

My hair feels smooth and smells great afterwards, but isn't exceptionally soft. As well, I think it may be a tinge too heavy for my fine hair as I noticed I got greasy roots faster than normal.

Final Verdict
Buy - works well and the price is pretty good, but don't expect any miracles.



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

FOTD: How To - Wedding Makeup

Just J: FOTD How To - Wedding Makeup
All the products you need to recreate this look!

It's literally been years since I posted a makeup tutorial, but since doing reviews all the time can be boring and I needed to do a test run for a wedding I'm in this week, I thought, why not?

Whether you're a bride, a bridesmaid, or simply a wedding guest, I think that this look could apply. For a wedding, you want to look fresh, youthful and above all, natural. Leave the raccoon eyes and heavy bronzer at home ladies!

For this Face Of The Day, I was inspired by the look of fresh peonies. To start off, you need to create a nice base, covering up any redness, blemishes and shine:

Just J: FOTD How To - Wedding Makeup
Step 1: apply foundation and powder

Face:
Next, time for the eyes! My favourite palette of the moment, the Urban Decay Naked 3, is perfect for creating a subtle look with its mix of rosy colors.

Just J: FOTD How To - Wedding Makeup
Urban Decay Naked 3 palette

To do the eyes, I applied:
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over lids
  • Strange on the brow bone
  • Burnout all over the lid, concentrating more color on the bottom half of my upper lid, up to the crease
  • Nooner on the outer third of my eye, fanning above the crease and blending from the outer edge inwards
  • Trick on the outer third of my eye, fanning this time in the opposite direction, from inner to outer edge
  • Trick along the entire lower lashline
  • Nooner on the outer third of my lower lashline
  • Dust dabbed just on the lid center

After the shadow, I applied:

Just J: FOTD How To - Wedding Makeup
Step 2: apply eyeshadow, mascara and liner to define and highlight

Just J: FOTD How To - Wedding Makeup
Don't forget to do those brows!

To finish off this look, I applied blush to give color to my face and a pink/mauve lip color to enhance my lips.

Cheeks:

Lips:

And here is the complete look!

Just J: FOTD How To - Wedding Makeup
Step 3: brighten up your face with blush and lip color!

Just J: FOTD How To - Wedding Makeup
The finished look!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please let me know if you did and I'll be sure to include more in future posts :)




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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant review

Just J: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

I got this sample size of the Dermalogica Cream Exfoliant in one of the Sephora sample packs that they had on sale when they used to carry Dermalogia. It's so tragic that Sephora no longer carries Dermalogica - what's up with Sephora discontinuing all my favourite lines?! Hopefully though you can find one of these packs at places like Winners or at a Dermalogica boutique as they're a great way to try out multiple products from this fantastic brand.

The Product
The Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant is a chemical exfoliant designed to gently slough off dead skin cells, dirt and impurities while improving skin's texture. Like all Dermalogica products, it contains no artificial fragrances or colours.

Chemical exfoliants, for those unfamiliar, work just like physical (scrub) exfoliants, except that they use chemicals to do the work rather than scrubbing beads or granules. Chemical exfoliants work like masques and can be a gentler alternative for sensitive skin.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this product are:

  • Diatomaceous Earth - a silicate material made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms, a hard-shelled algae. This material is used for a variety of purposes, but in skincare products, it's probably included for its exfoliating properties.
  • Butylene Glycol - helps provide a spreadable texture
  • Isodecyl Salicylate - aka salicylic acid, helps prevent blemishes and renews the skin
  • Apricot kernel oil - a skin conditioner to help plump up skin
Other interesting ingredients of notes are lactic acid (exfoliant), lavender oil (moisturizing, can cause irritation), lemon and orange oils (astringents).


Price & Packaging
For a full-size 75 mL bottle, it will cost you $52 via Dermalogica's website. The packaging is a straightforward squeeze tube.

Effectiveness
To use, simply apply a thin layer over your face, avoiding the eye area, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then either rinse off or wipe away with a warm cloth. I've read some scathing reviews of this product due to the inclusion of Diatemaceous earth, but since you don't really use this like a scrub, I think the possibility of irritating your skin with this ingredient are low.

I found this scrub to be very gentle, yet effective on my skin. Having used physical exfoliants all my life, I really missed that scrubbed clean feeling. Instead, this one feels more like a mud masque as it dries down and leaves your skin feeling oh so slightly tight.

After a few regular weeks of twice weekly use, I found that my pores were tighter and my skin more even without any of the slight redness that scrubs can sometimes leave you.

Final Verdict
Buy - a bit pricey, but if you enjoy a thorough, relaxing cleanse than this is for you!




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Monday, July 7, 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick review

Just J: The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick review

Lipsticks are by far my favourite makeup item and the most numerous item in my collection. I have tried many brands of lippies, but never any by The Body Shop. Normally I associate TBS with skincare, so when I received one of their new lipstick colours and after reading all the great reviews, I was very curious to see how this one wore.

The Product
There are 26 different shades in the Colour Crush line and all of them promise to give you luscious, moist lips with bright, natural color. The available shades are pretty standard and stick to the pinks and plums family. No yellows or purples here! Each lipstick also comes in a variety of finishes, with some being matte, while others have increasing amounts of shimmer.

The shade I'm trying out today is *I think* Innocent Pink. This is just a guesstimate as I'm going solely by the swatch color online! Unfortunately, there is no label on the tube.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this lipstick are:
  • Triisostearin - an emollient that helps lock in moisture
  • Hydrogenated Polydecene - another emollient
  • Isocetyl Stearate - a conditioning ingredient that also helps your lipstick apply smoothly
  • Mica - improves the color opacity of your lipstick
Other interesting ingredients of notes are sweet cherry oil (moisturizer) and tocopherol (antioxidant), which help boost the claims of this product to make you look good while also nourishing your lips.

Price & Packaging
A typical sized tube will cost you $13. TBS usually has sales though, so odds are good that you could grab it for cheaper. The packaging is pretty slick, with a shiny metal outer and see-through lid. I love the see-through lid as it's always a pain to have to open the tube to see the true colour inside.

Texture and Wear
In my experience, most lipsticks choose between colour payoff or moisture/glossiness. I think for the Colour Crush lipsticks, TBS chose the latter. You really have to layer the color on to get any real stain on your lips. It does feel very slick and moist though, sorta like a tinted lipbalm. Because it is so moist, this lipstick needs to be reapplied fairly often.

I also wasn't a huge fan of the shape of the lipstick with its very pointed tip. The slant was too steep for how I usually wear my lipsticks down, although the tip is kinda handy for precise application along your cupid's bow.

Just J: The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick review

Final Verdict
Buy - this lipstick is great for everyday, no-brainer wear.



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