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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Battle of the Maybelline Concealers

Hey all!

Instant Age Rewind® Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer
Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles
Here with two concealers to review for you. I recently finished Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch Concealer ($13.49 at Shoppers Drugmart) and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Corrector Concealer (also $13.49 at Shoppers).  Both of them were correcting concealers, light pink in colour in order to brighten the undereye area. Here they are, in all their glory: 
Dream Lumi™ Touch Highlighting Concealer
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch


Well now, what to say? These two, though similar in concept, were different in application. Lumi touch was less creamy and opaque than Age rewind. One might think "yes! creamy! opaque! hooray!" - this however, was not a plus for me. I found that the Age rewind felt greasy under my eyes and caused my mascara and liner to smear. Lumi touch set more effectively and, as a result, did not cause as much eye makeup transfer. I also enjoyed that it was such an intense light pink colour, since it looked more natural under the eyes. The one downside of Lumi touch was that it contained little product, and I used it up so soooo fast. All-in-all I didn't repurchase either product. I won't be buying the Age rewind again - too creamy for me. And I'd like to get more product than the Lumi touch had to offer. If forced, I would Lumi over Age any day, mind you.

In sum, the victor in this battle is Lumi touch. The war has yet to be won: I am still on the hunt for an undereye concealer I can really get behind.

Cheers all, 
Clara 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Another day, another scrub

Hey all, 

here with a body scrub to review for you. An artisan-crafted, all-natural, yet utterly "meh" scrub. In early May I purchased the coconut body scrub by the 1000 Island Soap Company here. This was a whopping $19.95 for 9 ounces.  ..... I actually am shocked that I paid that, but ahh well. This product was your standard chunky sea salt + oils + fragrance.  Here is a general image of the company's scrubs:

Body Scrub  Extra Fine Sea Salt 

So, ok. I wouldn't purchase again. First of all - definitely not worth $19.95. Just... no. That's a high price point. For that I expect modest luxury - nice packaging, a refined scent, fancy oils. This was very basic, white, plastic packaging with a label which looked like it had been printed on a home computer. The scent was decidedly NOT refined. To my "nose" it smelled sort of like apples and salt. Not the summery, exotic coconut I was hoping for. Finally, the oils in this were quite standard: sweet almond and so on. Where's the fancy argan oil to justify that price?? 

Next, I am thinking of making my own scrub. Possibly out of brown sugar and coffee grounds, coconut and sweet almond oil. It's getting chilly in Canada and a good scrub helps my skin stay soft and moisturized. I'll let you know how it goes.

Cheers everyone, 

Clara   

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