Tuesday, 6 March 2018

My Beauty Products - Part 2

In February I began a series in which I share beauty products I regularly use or am trying out and offer my thoughts on the product. 

Last month I reviewed 
  • Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, 
  • Finger Paints Nail Colour in Art History 101, 
  • Love Etc Body Butter from the Body Shop, 
  • Nail Polish Remover Pump from KIT, 
  • Olay Moisturizing Cream. 

Read that post here.

For the month of March I have 5 more products to review: 

  • Tea Tree Oil Concentrate from the Body Shop, 
  • Fekkai Leave in Conditioner Spray, 
  • Garnier SkinActive Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes, 
  • Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner in Trooper,
  • Maybelline Mat Lipstick in Red Ruby. 

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Tea Tree Oil Concentrate - The Body Shop

The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil line of products was created with blemish prone people in mind. They have a whole array of tea tree oil products ranging from face wash, body wash, facial moisturizer and mask. For this post I am focusing on their tea tree oil concentrate for spot treatments. Makeup manufacturers are advertising that tea tree oil kills bacteria, which makes it a great product to treat blemishes. It also does not dry out the skin like other acne skin care products, because it is only used at the site of the pimple. Its easy to use with a cotton swab applied directly to the face. I recommend this product to people with mild acne that need the occasional spot treatment. The tea tree oil kills the bacteria and dries out the acne faster so your face will look clearer quicker.

PrX Reparatives Instant Repair Leave-in Conditioner Spray - Fekkai

This is the first product I bought from Frederic Fekkai's line. I was in search for a leave-in conditioner back when my hair was really long and I had trouble brushing through it after showering. I found this at my local Rexall Pharma Plus drugstore. It was a bit on the pricey side, at around $20 for the 5fl oz bottle, but I like the product so I can't gripe about that. The product is also the 2017 winner of the Total Beauty Awards. It comes in two parts that is mixed after shaking the bottle, is infused with Argan Extract (which seems to be a trending ingredient among beauty products these days) and scented with vanilla and créme. The conditioner actually smells amazing and sometimes I just use it as a hair perfume. For the most part, I spray it on my damp hair after showering and follow that with a blowdry and straight iron. Its detangling is not as good as other leave-in conditioners I have tried but the smoothing, shine and smell makes this a great styling product. The conditioner protects the hair from heat and the result is smooth, shiny and healthy looking styled hair. I have had better results on my medium length hair than long hair so if you have long hair this might not be the best leave-in conditioner for you. If I could afford it someday I would like to try Fekkai's shampoo and rinse out conditioners.

Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes - Garnier SkinActive 

I purchased these before my surgery knowing I would be in to much pain to shower regularly (in November 2017 I had a laparotomy). The packaging claims it is for normal and sensitive skin, removes makeup, cleanses and soothes. Like argan extract, micellar water is another ingredient that seems to be trending in the beauty product world. According to stylecaster.com, micellar water has microscopic oil molecules called micelles in the water that help trap and wash away dirt, grime, makeup while keeping the good stuff on your skin (rather than stripping it as many soaps do). This might explain why I felt that it did not wash away all the oil on my skin, which is the feeling I am used to. It did not leave me feeling completely refreshed and clean as my regular cleanser would, however, if the reason is that it left my skin hydrated and maintained its natural oil barrier than I can live with that. I can't say how well this works removing makeup as I don't normally wear any, but if your in a jam and can't clean your face the way you regularly would these wipes are a good alternative. 

"Trooper" Tattoo Eyeliner - Kat Von D

I received this eyeliner as a sample size from Sephora after cashing in on some of my membership points. I had tried two liquid liners previously, and of the three, Kat Von D's Tattoo Eyeliner is my favourite. The precision tip made applying the liquid liner much easier than a brush. The liner also had more coverage than other brands I have tried and could be built up if needed. What is also great about Kat Von D's line of makeup is that they are all free from animal-derived ingredients and are not tested on animals. In 2017, this shade of eyeliner won Allure's Readers Choice Award. Because mine was just a sample size it has already started to dry up, however, I do plan on replacing it with a new one in the future. Loved it!

Mat Rich Ruby Lipstick (691) - Maybelline

I love the classic pin-up makeup style with matt skin and contrasting lips, brows and eyeliner. Nothing says confidence better than bold red lipstick. Despite me saying that, I have never had the confidence to go around with a full face of makeup, partly because I'm shy and I just never experimented enough with makeup to grow those skills. So I have been experimenting with different makeup products trying to find ones I like, and learning along the way. I picked up this lipstick from Walmart one day thinking I would love to be able to rock that confident red lipstick. It is a matte lipstick by Maybelline in Rich Ruby (number 691). I love the colour and occasionally rock it around the house, rarely do I go out in public with it because I don't like the attention.

I have not figured out how to get my lips smooth though. A lip scrub? 

What are your thoughts on these products? Recommendations? Comment below!

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