Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Body Shop: Chocomania Body Scrub

Throughout the summer months I have always found a good body scrub is a must have! It is THE greatest thing to use after a day at the beach, after shaving your legs, before using self tanner...or simply before you go on a hot summer date perhaps???

A body scrub is the easiest way to achieve nice, smooth, exfoliated skin.

I picked this body scrub up when The Body Shop was having a huge sale. These little babies regularly sell for $20.00 in Canada. I managed to pick it up for $10.00 - SWEET.


The packaging is is your regular The Body Shop style. If you are a chocolate lover, like me, you will automatically be drawn to this product.


Next you will open the tub up to release its sweet chocolatey scents. It is very thick in consistency, much like any other type of coarse body scrub. It will definitely remind you of Lush's Cupcake Face Mask - it looks quite edible actually...we all know how that will turn out though, I strongly advise against eating this product...(lol).


After you purchase the decadent item, you will bring it home and give it a whirl. Chocolate lovers beware, you will want to smother your whole body in this! The sugar cane is what contributes to the scrubby part of it - there will be no hint of dead skin or gross particles left, once you attack it all with this! The cocoa butter and oils do the rest of the work, leaving your skin unbelievably soft! (When I tried this after I shaved, I had actually never felt my legs feel as soft as they did after I used this!) You would never think that a body scrub could be so moisturizing - I mean, scrubs always leave skin feeling very soft, but this is a whole other level ladies!


The only unappealing matter of this body scrub is the colour. Yes, we all understand that chocolate is brown...but when using in the shower be prepared to see a little bit of a brown mess... However, if you push past the messiness of it all, you will be pleased (I promise).

If any of you are chocolate lovers and if you absolutely want to have smooth skin this summer, I strongly suggest you give this a try!


By the way...

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all my fellow Canadians! Why not try using this in your summer routine today, before you head downtown to check out the amazing fireworks tonight!

Cheers!

xo. 



Saturday, 29 March 2014

Brand Focus: Mary Kay



Hello All My Lovely Ladies!

I have some exciting news!!!

I have recently decided to become a part of the Mary Kay team! So life has become a little bit busier for me, which I am actually really enjoying! 

 I received my gorgeous Mary Kay kit in the mail the other day, I was totally in utter nirvana looking through all of the products/samples that were inside!

As you can see in the above and below pictures, some of the coolest products that were included inside my Mary Kay kit were these full size bottles from Mary Kay's 'Satin Hands' line.

Mary Kay 'Satin Hands Hand Softener'

Mary Kay 'Satin Hands Smoothie Hand Scrub'

Mary Kay 'Satin Hands Hand Cream'


The line is unscented, so for those of you who are sensitive to scents, this product will be wonderful for you!
For everyone else who isn't sensitive to scents, this product will still be wonderful for you as well! Mary Kay also carries a peach scented line for those of you who absolutely love scented beauty products! The peach scent smells delicious!

Before I started painting my nails, I figured I would give the products a try and give myself a full pampering manicure!

The steps are rather simple as well as very enjoyable! I took some photos of the entire process!


       


1. Optional, dampen hands (this is just for 
     added hydration) ...







      

2. Use 'Satin Hands Hand Softener' ... 











3. Massage cream into hands && between
    fingers ...










4. Use 'Satin Hand Satin Smoothie Hand
    Scrub' ...










5. Scrub, scrub, scrub! (Massage into hands &&
    between fingers)...










6. Resulting with a gritty, yet sudsy texture ...





           





7. Rinse well && pat hands dry ...









  
8. After hands have been patted dry, use 'Satin Hands Hand Cream' ...

                    







9. Massage cream into hands && between fingers...                                   
           
                                              









And you're finished!
I am totally in love with these products,my hands are now refreshed, renewed, and pampered!
This is a very simple way to achieve those nice soft, 'just had a manicure' feeling hands, all from the comfort of your own home. (This product is supposed to be dedicated to hands, but I find it does just as well on my feet or any other dry areas on my body, for example: elbows and ankles. This product will help smooth out any body part you are having a difficult time moisturizing!)


Now you're ready for the polish! <3

cheers && get to pampering! 

xo amy.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Simple, Neutral Valentine's Day Makeup Look



<3 Valentine's Day...

is just around the corner, and whether you want to go out, stay in, if you have a date, or not....there's nothing wrong with wanting to look pretty! This look is a more neutral one, I never usually like to go too too crazy on Valentine's Day. To be hones,t I am not much of a Valentine's Day person, I used to be when I was a lot younger...but now, I like to keep the day pretty simple. As long as I am spending the day with the love of my life, then I am good :). Even though I like to keep it simple,  I do still like to look pretty for him, of course. 


This look is inspired by the lovely Tanya Burr, she gave me most of the ideas for this look. She is a very popular YouTuber and blogger. 


I decided to keep it rather neutral, with a nice sheer red lip, nothing too heavy. You can always use a darker red colour, or a pink - anything really goes with this makeup look. However, I did do a very bold liquid liner and I made sure my brows were sculpted very well. Before I put any of my makeup on, I used my new "ARBONNE" primer, which I absolutely LOVE! My foundation is Covergirl's "Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1" in the shade "Ivory" and I patted this on my face with a damp "Beauty Blender". Pressed powder  is Maybelline's  Fit Me in the shade "120".


For my eye makeup, I used NARS' bronzer in the shade "Casino" as the base, used Urban Decay's shade "Buck" (from the Naked Palette) for the crease and under my eyes, and then to add some shimmer - I used my MAC's "Mineralize Skinfinish" in the shade "Soft and Gentle" - I made sure to put this in the corners of my eyes to brighten them up and along my brow bone. To fill in my brows I used my brow tint  kit from Visage, I mixed the lighter and darker colours together and I used my angle brush in order to make it precise (sorry I can't be more specific with that one, the labeling on the packaging isn't very clear). I tight lined my eyes with Covergirl's "Perfect Point Plus"eyeliner in the shade "Black Onyx". Liquid eyeliner is Maybelline's "Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner"  in the shade "Blackest Black"and for mascara I used L'Oreal's "Butterfly" mascara in the shade (surprise, surprise...)"Blackest Black" (love this mascara by the way).


For my cheeks, I used Milani's baked blush in the shade "Luminoso" very lightly on my cheek bones. For contouring I went very simple and used my N.Y.C  "Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder" in the shade "Sunny". For highlighting I just used my MAC "Mineralize Skinfinish"  in "Soft and Gentle" once again.


For my lips I used Revlon's "Just Bitten Kissable" balm stain in the shade "Romantic" (quite fitting, isn't it? lol). I didn't want to go too crazy with my lips.

So that's all there is to what I am going to be wearing this Valentine's Day...very simple! You could make it a little more drastic by adding a darker colour to the crease of your eyes...or even totally change the colours up by adding some pinks or rose golds to your lids in order to make it a little more girly and flirtatious! 

<3 cheers, and I hope all of your Valentine's Days 
go just the way you want them to <3.

amy, xo. 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Brand Focus: ARBONNE



Monday
     Monday
             Monday...

Two very different ways of looking at the first day of the week...either you can totally hate it because it is the first day back into the grind, back to work or school...relaxing Sunday is officially over. OR you could look at this day as a fresh start to the week, a new beginning - if you had a crappy last week, oh well, it is Monday - time to have a good week :)

With that in mind, I have a new brand to share with all of you. I have recently been introduced to this particular brand. ARBONNE has made its way to Canada and I have attended a few parties that were dedicated to introducing the brand. 

ARBONNE is very focused on creating healthy products that everyone can use. There are a lot of people in my family that have certain allergies, which cause them to react to some things that are found in makeup and skin care products. ARBONNE has made it so they do not  have to worry about these things. This brand has promised that their products are completely free of: animal products/by-products, parabens, formaldehyde, PABA, synthetic dyes, Triclosan, Hydroguinone, and Gluten. As much as I am a beauty product fanatic, I do realize that a lot of products have unnecessary additives that are injecting our bodies with things that are not so healthy for us. Such as Parabens...chemicals that have been scientifically proven to be connected with cancer (especially breast cancer). A lot of makeup and skin care companies use these chemicals in order to preserve their products. I am not going so far as to change all of my skin care and makeup products over to this brand, simply because I just love to collect and try everything in the beauty world. However, I figure even if I change a few of my beauty products over to ARBONNE, can make a bit of a difference.


I purchased some of ARBONNE's shampoo and conditioner, everyone at the parties were raving about this shampoo and conditioner and how it made their hair feel really soft, even if it was colour treated. I have recently started highlighting my hair again, and so my hair has become a little bit brittle. I have used this shampoo and conditioner for a week now, and I do not notice much of a difference, I don't know if I have to use it a little more to get the "soft hair" effect. I am going to see how the rest of the bottle goes before I completely give up on it. The scent of both the shampoo and conditioner is quite refreshing and naturally citrus-y.


I have never owned a very good toner before, but I have been getting some pretty bad break outs around my chin area, and I noticed that after I took a shower or washed my face...my skin would be quite red. This "Clear Advantage Clarifying Toner" (this particular toner is directed towards acne treatment, ARBONNE has toners for other skin types as well) has totally made a difference! I am absolutely in love with this product. It has helped with both the break outs and the redness! There is no scent to this product.


Oh ARBONNE, your makeup primer is supreme! It leaves my face feeling so soft and smooth, completely filling in any pores, creating a flawless surface before I apply any makeup. I give this makeup primer about 10 thumbs up! This will be a holy grail product within my skin care routine. There is no real scent to this product either. 


Lastly, I needed a new body scrub, so I decided to give this a try. It really isn't anything too special, the scent is very refreshing (nothing I would rave over though) and the exfoliating beads leave my skin feeling very soft and moisturized. Just like any other scrub...but remember, the bonus is there are no additives whatsoever!

OVERALL

I am quite happy with these purchases, obviously I am more excited over some than others...but I think I am planning on purchasing more from ARBONNE, I am definitely open to give it all a try :)

T'was a long post again, thank you for sticking with me!!

cheers && here's to starting the week off fresh!

amy xo. 




Thursday, 12 December 2013

Revlon: Color Burst Matte Balm



Welcome to December Everyone!!

Hope everyone's month is going GREAT so far!
Mine has been super busy, finished with school, until next semester anyway!!
Officially on holidays for school, but still working a lot :(

Since the holidays are just around the corner and a lot of events are popping up all over the calendar, I have been wearing some very festive beauty products.

Including this little beaut, the Revlon Color Burst Matte Balm.


This little guy happens to give me the best and most classic red lip, which is perfect for around the Christmas Holidays!

I do agree, matte is not for everyone, but luckily Revlon has included a variety of colours in a matte formula and a lacquer formula within this line.

I just happen to really like matte right now, and immediately knew I had to have this particular shade:
Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in "Standout" (250).


The crayon tip makes it really easy to use, I don't use lip liner with this and I don't get any feathering or bleeding. 





This is what the lip colour looks like in regular room light.




This is what the colour looks like in natural day light.






As you can see the product is very matte, so I usually put a lip balm underneath it, just to prevent my lips from looking chapped or drying out. Without the lip balm, the product does start to feel a little bit dry...however the lasting power is am-ahhh-zing, does a very good job at staining the lips. Only have to reapply once throughout the day.

I definitely have fallen in love with this colour and the overall quality of the product. Now, just have to go out and purchase some more colours to add to my collection!

Tomorrow is Friday! One more day until the weekend everyone!

* cheers && make sure to wear a festive coloured lip throughout the holidays!!*

amy xo. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

sweater weather TAG

Hello all :)

So for today's post I decided to do the Sweater Weather Tag that has been floating around the internet world.

However...

Instead of just giving you my answers to the questions, I took some pictures as well - so almost a review to every answer!!

Okay, here we go!!!

1. Favourite Candle Scent?

This happens to be one of my favourite candles at the moment, it will change very soon, because I am going to be purchasing all of the holiday scented candles very soon. Trying to use up my fall scented candles first though. Thus, this is my most favourite candle scent at the moment. It's Bath and Body Works' "Autumn" 3 wick candle. Website describes the scent as "A crisp fragrance blending pomegranate, red apples and fig, topped with fir balsam and cedarwood."


Initially I was drawn to this candle because of the elegant packaging. Pier 1 did an excellent job with this. Very, very similar scent to Bath and Body Works' candle "Leaves", even has a similar name - "Autumn Leaves". It is one wick, but oooo so exciting - it crackles!!! I love that effect because it sounds like a little fire is going on, and living in an apartment that doesn't have a fireplace, this candle is as good as it gets. Pier 1 Imports' website describes the scent as "Invigorating eucalyptus, woody cedar and gentle notes of clove, cinnamon  and musk - in a decorative tin..."


And finally, who doesn't love the scent "Leaves" by Bath and Body Works. Bought a bunch of these at the beginning of the season, because I even like to burn this one throughout the winter months. ADDICTED. Website describes the scent as "Golden nectar, juicy mandarin and red apples are spiced with cinnamon and harvest berries."


2.  Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?


To be perfectly honest, I really do like all of those. But if I had to pick, it would be coffee right now, seems to be the number one thing I order at Starbucks...only because I happen to be in love with the Pumpkin Spice Latte...along with the rest of the world. What I brew at home is Starbucks' Blonde Roast coffee - I do not like my coffee super strong, and this is their weakest one.


Tea would be my second favourite, as I rarely drink hot chocolate. This is my favourite tea flavour at the moment - Stash's Cinnamon Apple Chamomile Tea - it has just been perfect for these chilly autumn days and tastes a bit like apple cider :)

3. What's the best fall memory you have?

Hmmm, this one is tough, I think the one I remember most when I think of the autumn months is based mainly around Thanksgiving. There was one Thanksgiving at my parent's old house, where we lived near a bunch of my friends from elementary school. I was in grade six, so bed time was a little later and I was allowed to venture on the street we all lived on with my friends (without parents!!). I remember my grandparents were over for dinner, and we had a lovely time - great food and good visits.When they were getting ready to leave, I remember my friends came to the door and called on me to come play outside, and I was allowed to go for the first time - while it was later on in the evening . We didn't really do much but walk around and talk and do silly sixth grader things, but for some odd reason that particular circumstance sticks out in my memory whenever I think of autumn and Thanksgiving. 

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged liner?


I do love both trends. But my every day makeup look doesn't contain winged eyeliner anymore - I have been going for very neutral looks. So I would have to say, dark lips - considering my lippy collection does have a lot of dark lip colours. What is in the picture above is Milani's Lipstick in Sangria - a review will be up of that soon :)

5. Best fragrance for fall?


Well, I don't really have very many options within my collection of fragrances, simply because I am trying to use up all that I already own, in order to have the excuse to buy all new ones! So right now, I would have to say my best fall fragrance is Bath and Body Works' "Dark Kiss" perfume. I never wear this one in the warmer months, it just seems like a 'sweater weather' type fragrance. Website describes fragrance as "A tempting blend of black raspberry, Mirabelle plum, amber, dark vanilla bean and sensual balsam."

6. Favourite Thanksgiving food?

I love it all. If I had to choose, it would definitely be stuffing and gravy - I could live without the turkey and the potatoes and the vegetables - the thing I crave the most is definitely stuffing. My mom, she just cooks the best stuffing ever! <3

7. What is the autumn weather like where you live?

Cold. This fall has been surprisingly okay...still cold, but not as cold as usual...it is just starting to get really cold and rainy now.

8. Most worn sweater?


I am totally in love with cardigans, but recently went shopping with my friend at Ardene's and found some shawl/poncho like things and fell in love with those as well. In the picture above are my favourite sweaters at the moment. The top olive coloured one is a cardigan and the other two are the shawl/poncho style ones.

9. Must-have nail polish this fall?


I love love love nail polish. I don't have one that I can pick, I just don't. So I chose four!!! Top is O.P.I.'s "Every Month is Oktoberfest" (have an earlier blog post on this: http://thoughtsfromamyr.blogspot.ca/2012/10/deep-autumn-plums.html ), next is Revlon's "Fall Mood" (suits the season perfectly I think...lol), the classic red one is O.P.I.'s "All I Want for Christmas (Is OPI)" (going to be wearing this a lot throughout the winter season - blog post will be up in the next month), and then last but not least Essie's "Merino Cool" (have an earlier blog post on this as well: http://thoughtsfromamyr.blogspot.ca/2012/09/noft-essie-merino-cool.html ).

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

I don't really do either...I live in an apartment so I don't have to rake any leaves, plus I've jumped into a leaf pile and was joined by a few frogs, and that really freaked me out. So...I'm going to have to say football games. My boyfriend is a huge football fan...I don't really watch all the games with him, but I must say I do enjoy the super bowl gatherings we have or attend - always good company and good food!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?



Leggings, leggings, leggings. You rarely find me in anything else...especially since you can find pretty printed leggings anywhere. Or you can choose leggings that are a colour different from the typical black colour you would think leggings come in. Above are my favourite leggings to wear - one pair that's printed and one pair being an ox blood red colour (love that colour in the fall). I purchased both pairs at Target.

12. Combat boots or Uggs?



I do own both, but I definitely prefer combat boots. I find they are better for walking in and are much more water resistant. The boots I have showing above aren't your typical combat boot, but I'm going to make them count anyway. I love the buckles, and they only go up halfway on your calf. They also have faux fur on the inside, which keeps my toes nice and toasty throughout the chillier months. Purchased these on www.justfab.com - model is GALE, and I believe they are still available on the site. This website happens to be an amazing place to get shoes/boots on the cheaper side.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?


My First Ever Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks...Had to log it with Instagram!
YES! All I have to say.

14. Favourite fall TV shows?

I am going to be putting up a blog post of all the television shows I am working my way through at the moment, but I will list my most favourite of them all right now: The series "Arrow" happens to be my most favourite show out of everything I watch right now. It is a 'super hero' type television show, but it is very, very well written, and can I just mention it has one of THE most hottest and built lead characters. I suggest you check him out ladies!! And following Arrow, would probably be the series "The Walking Dead". I just recently started to watch this series, and let me tell you, I caught up really fast. Could NOT stop watching it and now I'm sad that I'm all caught up and can only watch one episode a week *tears*.

15. What songs really get you into the fall spirit?


Phew, there we are finished! If you made it all the way to the end, congratulations, that was definitely a long one. Took me a long time to type it all out, so Thank You!

I TAG all of you to do this as well! It's quite a lot of fun :)

cheers&&enjoy all of this 'Sweater Weather'!

amy, xoxo. 












Tuesday, 5 November 2013

instagram in october.




First question of the day: Who doesn't like/use instagram these days??

I happen to be a HUGE instagram addict...(updates come to the side bar of my blog, actually).

I have been doing a lot of 'out of the ordinary' type blog posts, simply because I would like to share a little bit more than just beauty products with everyone - I am liking the idea of broadening my horizons a little bit :) 

I have decided that at the end of every month (or, the beginning of every new month...most likely...lol) I will be posting what the past month has been like for me, through my instagram pictures. The order of the photos will go as regular instagram formation: from most recent to less recent.


Most of this month consisted of a lot of warm foods, warm clothes, and cold walks!
In my newest picture above (top left) I just purchased a new nail polish from the new Mariah Carey Christmas line from O.P.I - this shade is "All I Want for Christmas (is OPI)" and I can't wait to paint my nails with this and show you guys! I do realize, Halloween just passed...but these limited edition nail polishes, never usually last long in any of the stores located near me. 
I was also a Zombie Hunter for Halloween (that bruise is not real - OH the wonders of make up!), decided on this costume, simply because I just fell in love with the show "The Walking Dead" ( I know, slow to jump on the band wagon, as usual). To create the bruise I used a wet sponge to dab some black eye shadow onto my skin (only use a little bit in order to create the mishapen, faded, bruised look), used a dark purple eye shadow in the middle to create a two toned effect, and then blended it all out with some brown eye shadow with an old make up brush, I planned on never using again. Oh, and of course, I used a little bit of fake blood - because what is Halloween without some fake blood!?! 
I bought a new shirt from Ardene, received a furry bear hat from my friend, made home made crock pot applesauce, and also decorated a really cool skull - to add some extra chic-ness to my apartment (got the idea from Mr.Kate's channel on YouTube: http://www.mrkate.com/2013/10/13/diy-halloween-decor/ )


I recently fell in love with wearing my hair up in braided buns, made an autumn play list, was more adventurous with my meal planning and cooked some new recipes, tried and fell in love with Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, and ventured on some beautiful and chilly walks.


It was Canadian Thanksgiving throughout the month of October as well - had some delicious food and desserts. I also came up with the personal tradition of having Tuesdays as my official bun days - adds a bit of fun to the dreary second day of the week. I have mini hauls within my instagram, and take pictures of mostly everything I love!

I have my instagram user name on the side bar, but I will put it here as well: arussel1 - come follow me!!!

Sorry that this was such a long post, but it was something new and fun for me - I may have gotten a little carried away, lol. 

cheers everyone && welcome to november!!!

amy, xoxo.