The Messiest Mask I’ve Ever Used

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

I love Fresh. And I love masks. So when they introduced the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask I decided to splurge.

And I do sort of like it. Well, it’s full of good stuff like lemon and orange fruit extracts from a concentrated citrus fruit paste of crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines with AHA Fruit Acids to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin and make your skin glow. And it smells really good too! Like a great, fresh squeezed glass of OJ!

But…they’re not kidding when they say it’s a paste! I’d say that it’s like a fruit salsa you guys. When you apply it, there’s chunks of fruit all over your face. You can’t walk around and do things with this mask on your face otherwise you’ll leave bits of it everywhere. It’s just really messy.

But, it does give your skin a brightening lift. I like using it in the morning for a quick 10 minute skin boost. I just wish it wasn’t so chunky, because taking it off is the weirdest thing ever. It kind of feels like you spilled food on your face tbh. Again I have to say, WHY. Lot’s of whys I’ve been wondering lately hahaha.

The messiest face mask I’ve ever used, that’s for sure. What’s the messiest face mask you’ve encountered?

Ok, so if you haven’t heard yet, I am quitting beauty blogging. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally made the decision and you know what? I am SO HAPPY. It’s just time for me to go.

I have a month left on my server before the blog disappears, so I thought I’d just blog about stuff I’ve been wanting to talk about but have been too busy and not very motivated to. So, before I say Aloha to you all, welcome to: THE LAST BLOG POSTS. This, is gonna be FUN hahahahahahahahaha…….

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum:When You Wanna Keep that Hot Dog Smell With You All Day Long

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

It seems like pretty much everybody uses and loves Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, but for the longest time it wasn’t sold here in Canada(it is now). Last year sometime, I picked it up in California and it sat in my skincare backup drawer because I really love my Hylamide C-25 Booster and wanted to use up my vial before cracking this expensive puppy open.

What do I like? The packaging. I like the airless pump. It’s great. That’s about it though. I really didn’t notice anything life changing about it, and it’s not any better than my cheaper love, the Hylamide C-25 Booster.

Other than the cool pump I can honestly and unequivocally say that I FREAKIN’ HATE THIS STUFF.

Now, usually I’m ok with scents in facial products. I know that most of the time they shouldn’t be there and that they can cause reactions for people, but hey sue me-I like a nice rose scent or violet scent when I apply my skincare. It doesn’t bother me. Usually.

But this stuff? STINKS. Like hot dogs. And the stink lasts for quite awhile too. I don’t care what people say about how good it is, I can’t stand walking around with my face smelling like a hot dog for hours and hours. Like WHY.

So now, I have this expensive meat sandwich stinking Vitamin C serum sitting in my drawer that I should use, but don’t wanna because I can’t stand the smell. Sigh. Third World Problems really suck, hey? 😉

Have you tried this? Do you notice the hot dog smell? Or am I just an always hungry freak?

 

These five products are things I use every day, and most of them I have repurchased. If I haven’t yet, I plan on repurchasing because I love them that much and can’t imagine being without them!

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One is drugstore foundation, which is a total shocker. I haven’t loved a drugstore foundation EVER. Like not since 1982, when that’s all I could afford!

L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation in W2

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L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation in W2

God, I love this stuff. It’s amazing if you have dry skin and dry patches and it has pretty decent coverage too. It never fails me, no matter how dry my skin is.

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L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation in W2 swatch

W2 is a little dark on my inner arm there, but it’s pretty perfect for my face.  It covers my redness really well. I usually go for a warmer foundation shade to help cancel the redness in my cheeks, and this does a great job.

It goes on smoothly and blends effortlessly, still looking like real skin, just better. LOVE. I don’t use the sponge though-I dip a flat-top brush and use that to apply it and blend into my skin. It’s the best drugstore foundation for me! Best foundation PERIOD right now tbh. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I will be getting another one once this one is empty! ME. Hooked on a drugstore foundation. Who’d have thunk?!!

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Every day I set my face with Hourglass Ambient Powder in Diffused Light. PAN!! I’ve hit pan! I haven’t hit pan in a makeup item in years now! It’s the perfect setting powder for me, and I will repurchase it soon. I’m already itching to get a new one haha-anyone else feel the urge to get a new product replacement when you see pan? Or do you wait until the bitter end like Lily does HAHAHA!

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More Hourglass, this time the Ambient Light Blush Palette. I love it. It’s just the best blush formula for me, giving a bit of glow that my aging skin needs, and it lasts all day too. And all three colours work on me, and I even like just brushing through them all at once and apply. Happy cheeks is the result!

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The Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara is my third tube now.

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I love the plastic, curved wand. It fits my upper lash line perfectly, and it curls my eyelashes straight up. On my upper lash line it stays put all day, but on my bottom it’ll smudge, so I don’t bother with mascara on my bottom lashes lately. I don’t need it most days anyways.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner I use every day to line my upper waterline. It stays put all day, and never fails me. I love it, and will repurchase it for sure, although I am curious about his new matte gel liners.

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I am wearing everything I’ve talked about on my face in that pic, and that’s pretty much ALL I’ve been wearing for the past few months. I just change the lips is all. And the one I’m wearing is the new Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Dreamer.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Dreamer

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Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Dreamer

Love the texture! So creamy!

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Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Dreamer swatch

And pretty pigmented too for something that’s glossy. It’s so easy to apply, and lasts well too. My lips feel so good when wearing Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo in Dreamer, that it’s been hard to not buy another shade. I have so many lipsticks, it’d be silly to get another one, right? RIGHT? Sigh…always a lipstick addict…always.

What products do you use every day? Have you repurchased them as well? 

 

It’s been 30 days since I’ve blogged! And I know some of you have been wondering WTH TRACY WHERE ARE YOU.

Well, it’s like this: LIFE. It happens. I like the happens, even if it means a sprained wrist which makes typing furiously on a computer impossible. #IblameBurpees #heyIamTryingMan 

But today, my wrist feels not too bad AND I’ve just eaten a box of 20 Timbits for dinner WITH a glass of wine #AdultingHere so, let’s get back to BIZNESS. 

So, I’ve been sitting and sitting on blogging about these Charlotte Tilbury Quick ‘N’ Easy 5 Minute Instant Makeup Kits I was sent at the beginning of January.

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I showed them on my Instagram Story feed and when I was swatching them I honestly was thinking these are great! What a great idea! Little packets of Charlotte Tilbury Goodness to create easy, no fuss makeup looks! I think it was the whole 5 minute makeup easy look part that had me sold-that and her makeup swatches well too and can easily FOOL you.

NEVER. TRUST. A. SWATCH.

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Most of these kits come with a sample of her Wonder Glow.

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Yeah, it’s nothing but a moisturizer with loads of glitter. Pass.

Some kits come with a sample of her Legendary Lashes Mascara.

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It was promising! Very lengthening! Not so much volume. But…it smudges to high heaven. And most people agree with me.

Some kits come with her Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencils, which I thought cool, I love me easy eye looks.

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That’s the Amber Haze Chameleon Pencil from the Naturally Glowing Kit and it’s the better of the two I got to try in these kits.

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I mean, it sets so DARN FAST that blending is nearly impossible! And, if you have oily oily lids like I do, you’ll still need a primer because they will crease. I’ll show you proof later.

Even the Beach Stick in this Kit, I did not like:

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Looks nice hey?

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Swatches not half bad.

Ends up patch on the cheeks. I mean, it looks like I have blush on one cheek only. ONE.

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SIGH. And it’s not good on the lips either because it feels powdery.

The Red Carpet Glam Kit? Swatches awesome, but again it’s really nothing special?

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I mean, it’s a lip liner, a lipstick, and an eyeliner? For $95. WHY so much?

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I don’t get it. It’s a red lipstick. YAY??!!!

The Smokey Eye look kit was the one I was MOST excited to try, I mean look at that swatch of the Black Diamonds Chameleon Eye Pencil. IT’S SO GLITTERY and PRETTY!

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And you guys loved my eye look in other posts that I was wearing that pencil!

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It looks so good, ya? Things are never quite what they seem!

HMMMMmmmmmmmmm……

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Not so much, hey? Wow this one creases like crazy you guys, even with primer and the glitter keeps falling all over the place-jumping even. It’s glitter with legs cause I found some even in my brows, my lips, on my shirt. Nope. NOPE. I’m too old for that man, just way too old.

I can’t tell you to buy these kits?!! I mean, CHRIST. I’d have to go to confession and say like 500 hundred Our Fathers and 1000 Hail Marys and even then my conscience wouldn’t feel clean.

If you want to try some Charlotte Tilbury makeup? Get a lipstick. Preferably the matte ones. The lipsticks in these kits are the only thing that I consistently liked-she makes a good lippie that woman, yes she does. The rest of the makeup in these kits? Overpriced. Not. Good. Don’t. Waste. Your. Money. On. Them.

MISS ME?

Say Bye-Bye Dry Winter Skin With Eczema Care For The Whole Family #AveenoCA

Yeah, despite the weather being pretty balmy here in Edmonton this past week, my skin is deep in winter mode: DRY, DRY, DRY, ITCHY, ITCHY, DRY.

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Now, I don’t have Eczema, but my legs have been so dry and itchy this winter for the first time I think. I’m pretty sure it’s the lack of estrogen in my body that’s the cause, now that I am officially in Menopause-hey that rhymes haha! Anyways, I needed something to help. Scritchin’ and scratchin’ my legs all day is not fun.

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Aveeno Eczema Care Anti-Itch Balm & Baby Eczema Care Nighttime Balm

Aveeno Eczema Care Anti-Itch Balm is FULL of ACTIVE NATURALS® colloidal oatmeal to intensely moisturizes and help relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin. And boy does it work well! One night and my legs aren’t screaming to be scratched anymore so YAY!
It’s got loads of glycerin and ceramides to moisturize and strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier. And this is a true balm-it’s thick, with water being the last ingredient on the list. Now, as you know I’m usually not a fan of balms-I don’t like feeling like a greased up turkey. But Aveeno Eczema Care Anti-Itch Balm absorbs quite easily, and I don’t notice a scent. It’s great to use at night, as it’s not greasy at all. #NoButterballFeeling

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The New Aveeno Baby Eczema Care Nighttime Balm is awesome as well, and is the first and only nighttime balm specifically formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® colloidal oatmeal and cermaides. It’ll help your baby sleep better and bring relief to their dry, itchy skin as well.

Both of these Aveeno Eczema Balms are paraben-free, steroid-free and allergy tested and have been awarded the Eczema Society of Canada’s Seal of Acceptance.

Highly recommend them if you’re finding that your family’s skin is showing the effects of winter like mine! And especially if anyone has Eczema-these will be a godsend for them. Find them both across Canada, with prices around $21.99-$23.99 CAD. There’s a LOT of product in each tub, and since it’s a balm, you need to use very little, so it will last a long time.

What’s your favourite moisturizer for itchy, winter skin?