Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday Beauty Find - La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream in Light

Another BB cream review! ..this BB cream I purchased back in November 2015, and I'm not super crazy about it. I thought I was at first, but as I keep using it, it isn't really up there with my faves! I do not find it plays the multi-task role of an actual BB cream/product, however I do like it somewhat as a tinted moisturizer for my very fair skin. It is offered in two tints, light and medium.

FYI: BB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms. They were first developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments. The all-in-one formulation became a sensation in South Korea and then spread throughout Asia. 2010-2011 was when the BB cream really hit worldwide fame!

 


I'm using it, to use it up, really, for colder times when my skin is in need of an extra layer of moisturizing, ..applied over my moisturizer and/or sunscreen, and when my skin is not in a break-out mess aka not experiencing an overload of red pimply nastiness! I struggle with break outs still today, at this ripe older age! ..whoever said 40 is the new 20, btw is a massive liar! ..seriously, let's just be honest about 40, it is not the new 20 or the new 30, because when I was 20 and 30, I had boundless amounts of energy, and I had the patience of a saint! Patience was something that came easy for me! (cue in fits of laughter from people that know me now) ..I do not have that same amount of time left on this earth, people, so yeah patience is not my virtue any longer! ..if I'm waiting in line for 15 minutes to get one cup of overpriced coffee, I don't huff and puff, I just leave the premises and remind myself not to put myself in that situation again! Ha! ..patience and energy are slowly diminishing as the moments move forward, and at times what seems like at lightening speed! ..so listen up, my fellow 'rebirthers' ..40 is 40, period-embrace it, accept it! ..And now back to the review!.. ;) 

I am a regular user of LRP products, most of the products I use and have used have been kind and effective to my finick-y pelt.  I suppose I did have higher expectations than what the product actually was able to offer, ..and it is pricey($30 CAD or thereabouts for a 40 ml. tube) for what I feel is simply an ok tinted moisturizer. It has a creamy texture, sheer coverage, is fragrance-free (except for its own scent of ingredients), and the colour is light enough for my fair Nordic paleness. 

As someone with pink undertones, I matched the Light tint well as this has pink undertones. I would say for more olive tones, it may not be a great match as even the medium tint seems to have the pink-y undertones. It is so sheer, however that it just may work for darker skins. I strongly suggest sampling this first, if you can. The first time I applied it, in store, I walked around a little, and loved it. My skin was not having a bad moment then, so definitely, if you can sample products at these price ranges before buying, I highly recommend the take home sampling first. . 
Here's where I couldn't make the product work for me! I could not make the product work if I had any dry patches on my skin, even the tiniest patch. It begins to clump on to any dry patches on my face, no matter how well I blended it in, which means it did not look great overall when recovering from any dried out zit-zos! ..the primary point of a BB cream is to even out your skin tone, provide light coverage, and moisturize and protect, and this one just doesn't measure up. 

Therefore, if you have skin with dry skin patches, blemishes, acne scarring and/or hyper-pigmentation, this will not cover any of that. You will need to apply concealer to cover those puppies up.
So nope, I will not be repurchasing this one again. I'm very happy with my Andalou at the moment, and a couple of others I use for different purposes. I will review those next Friday! ..I guess I won't be reviewing just products I love, after all, 'cause this one definitely isn't one I am loving. Sorry LRP! 



Product Description

In just one step La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Cream,  moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin.
The BB mineral pigments melt in the skin for an immediately unified, even and fresh-faced complexion. Its smooth and non-greasy texture softens and softens the skin.
  • Tested under dermatological control.
  • Non comedogenic.
  • Hypo-allergenic.
  • Nickel controlled*.
  • *Formulated to contain only the minimum quantity of nickel.

How to Use

Apply on face as make-up basis or daily moisturiser. Avoid the eye area.

Ingredients

AQUA/WATER, C12-15 ALKYLBENZOATE, GLYCERIN, ISOHEXADECANE, OCTOCRYLENE, ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, ALCOHOL DENAT, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, ALUMINIUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID, DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ZEA MAYS OIL / CORN OIL, PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL / APRICOT KERNEL OIL, PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, STEARIC ACID, ARGILLA / MAGNESIUM ALUMINIUM SILICATE, PALMITIC ACID, SILICA, BENZYL BENZOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, ACRYLATES/C10-30, ALKYLACRYLATECROSSPOLYMER, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, CETYL ALCOHOL, BHT, ORYZA SATIVA BRAN OIL / RICE BRAN OIL (+/- MAY CONTAIN, CI77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI77491, CI77492, CI77499 / IRON OXIDES, MICA)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

5 Things Tuesday - Warmer Times Nail Polish Picks

Nail Polish for Warmer Weather! ..I have been on a nail polish binge lately as I anxiously await warmer weather! ..what's funny is I've never really been into nail polish until I started getting religious about pedicures! I don't wear nail polish on my fingernails often. I had only ever had one 'pro' pedicure in my life, ..until two years ago, when I went with a friend! ..and my feet turned into something magically soft and smooth with the prettiest coral pink hue on my tootsies! ..Pedicures are now a bi-monthly part of my life! Do any of you fall asleep while getting a pedi?, ..oh and do you sometimes drool, too!? ..I do! 


Below are 5 nail polishes from different brands that I recently purchased! ..lovin' these hues! 



1. Essie Bikini With A Martini - $8.95 CAD

..want to shake things up? ..head to Vegas, hit the pool and cut loose in this frosted iridescent pink. Bottoms up!
Image courtesy of  www.cosmeticsanctuary.com


Image courtesy of essie.com

2. Essie Pool Side Service - $8.95 CAD

Queen for a day? ..how about forever? This refreshing cerulean blue is at your beck and call.

Image courtesy of www.swatchandlearn.com




3. Revlon Romantique - $7.95 CAD 

A gorgeous, creamy (no shimmer), light, yet slightly 'dusty' pinky-nude! An oh so classy, wear-with-anything kinda shade! 




4. OPI Spoken From The Heart (Hello Kitty Collection) - $10.25 CAD 

I love this collection! ..I bought a few nail polish hues from this collection at Nail Polish Canada and wow, just wow! Hello Kitty always has it going on! It girl for life!

This hue is so pretty and pink! ..a medium toned, extra creamy/shiny cool-toned pink in da house, and soon to be on my tootsies. 





5. China Glaze Girls Just Wanna Have Sun - $8.25 CAD

I also bought this one at Nail Polish Canada and it's a beautiful, demure and classy pale yellow. It reminds me of the colour of vanilla pudding, ..or custard. Gorg! 




Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Beauty Find - Andalou Naturals All-In-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint with SPF30

I will be adding a Friday Beauty Find to my blog as of today! Every Friday, I will feature and review one, or more beauty related product/s that I am loving. Enjoy!

I am a multi tasker or what I like to call myself, an organized mess! ..if you had a look at my desk (I should upload a pic of it) when I am full on into my work and tasks, it can look like a small disaster, but I assure you everything is in order!  I often have several windows open on my laptop at once as well, ..and I have notebooks open filled with lists and descriptions and doodles of things I am creating, ..all scattered like birds in flight, atop my desk, ..oh, and 2 or 3 cups of coffee, tea, and/or water! ..again, all at the same time!  So, when I discover something, anything, ..a product that multi tasks well, I am extremely impressed. I'm like, "you go, girl!"





I purchased this on sale, at Well.ca (my go to online pharmacy of all time), ..it retails for $24.49 CAD (2 fl. oz.).

I was looking for a new BB cream for my very fair skin, one that is vegan and gentle for my break-out prone skin, which this one is, ..and the fact that it has spf30 (zinc oxide 20%), and the fact that it was on sale at the time, ..well, into the virtual shopping cart it went!
When I first applied it on my lightly moisturized face, the first thing I noticed was how creamy in texture it was. I absolutely love the texture! Major points for texture!

Secondly, it is tinted just right for my fair skin, ..and it is sheer tinted, indeed. It goes on lightly and smoothly, ..and blends well into my skin. I do have very fair skin, with pink undertones, therefore I'm not sure darker skins would suit this one as it may leave a slight white cast on the skin due to the high zinc oxide % (20%) in this product.

I also have acne prone skin and in the three weeks I've been using it, it has not caused any reaction or break outs! It brightens without being oily, it evens out my skin tone, protects with spf30 and best of all, it gives a very natural, soft focus finale.


So a huge thumbs up for this beauty! I will definitely be purchasing this again!
  • Description & Features of Product

Fruit Stem Cell Complex is the star of this multi-benefit BB, blending superfruit antioxidants, nourishing moisturizers, and broad spectrum protection with natural mineral-tint color for sheer, flawless coverage in one easy step.

Features: 

  • Naturally sheer, mineral-tint color
  • Complements most skin tones
  • Wear alone or under make-up
  • Broad spectrum SPF 30
Made naturally with certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified, and Fair Trade ingredients. Vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free. 

Active Ingredient:
  • Zinc Oxide 20%
Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) and Helianthus Annuus (Sun ower) Oils*, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract*, Punica Granatum(Pomegranate) Oil*, Algae and Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extracts, Magnesium Sulfate, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos), Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts*†, Iron
Oxide, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*
*Certified Organic † Fair Trade
For more info. on other Andalou Natural products, visit their website, here! 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Banana Bread Brownies


As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are banana bread fiends in this household! I strongly believe that banana bread is something you should be able to bake anytime, anywhere, ..and best of all it is so simple and quick to make! 



This recipe in particular is super easy as it does not require too many additional ingredients, ..just straight up, moist banana bread, which takes on a slight brownie finale in regards to texture. The Greek yogurt in this recipe is what gives it that extra moist goodness. 





Whenever I have a few bananas going ripe and spotty, chances are Banana Bread is going to be made in this household. Well, more specifically, I am going to make it! I am desperately trying to turn my kiddos into bakers, but it isn't working, just yet!


Here is a very yummy and very forgiving recipe that takes all of 15 minutes to whisk together. A half hour of waiting while your house fills with that gorgeous banana bread aroma, and then, oh then you get to snack on your very own slice of warm, fresh-baked banana bread. 

Banana Bread Brownies



Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Level: Easy Peasy



Printable Recipe

Ingredients
2 large eggs, at room temp.
3 medium, ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (any % but fuller fat adds more moisture)
1/2 cup butter, at room temp.
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup walnuts, optional
Method 

Heat oven to 375 F. Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan.
In a medium sized bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. 
Add Greek yogurt and eggs, mix 1 minute.
Add bananas and vanilla extract and beat until just combined.
Add flour, baking soda and salt and blend until just combined, about 1 minute more.
Stir in walnuts. 
Spread batter evenly into pan. 
Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown and top of brownie bounces back. 
Cool slightly and enjoy! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Chocolate Walnut Popcorn Bark, ..Rustic-Style!


Oh my, this needs a license to eat it, ..I can't even!.. 




..Ok ladies, (and gents?) you know how it goes, right?, when we get those undeniable cravings for chocolate!

..and FYI: 

"If you crave chocolate, it doesn't mean your body has a chocolate deficiency, although I think most people would prefer that. Chocolate is high in magnesium. Cravings for it often indicate that your body is deficient in magnesium, which is a common deficiency."
I say still have the chocolate, not just the magnesium! Life is too short to be overly anal, or anal, period!

Also, ..sometimes, there's this underlying want for something salty, ..together with the sweet! Oh yeah, you're understanding me now, ladies! (gents, not so much at this point!) 

I had that last weekend, that mixed craving, Sunday to be precise, ..that insatiable need for something sweet and salty, ..and crunchy! Something, something, but what!? ..this is often a symptom of PMSing, stressing, freaking out, ..you get the picture!

..at the height of my stress, my need to bake kicked in! ..baking calms me, therefore when I'm a 'hot mess' I either bake or clean the house or run! ..I would like to also go on a tropical vacation when I'm feeling this way, a location with palm trees and infinite amounts of mojitos! ..but the latter isn't going to happen anytime soon!

This frenzied state led to something very delicious, very spontaneous and very quick and easy! A baking quickie, if you will! ..and alas I was deliciously satiated, and as calm as a cucumber after my sweet and salty encounter, with Mr. CW Popcorn Bark! ..oh la la..

And so if you want your own encounter with this delicious treat, check out the recipe below, and go make some! Enjoy!..



     Chocolate Walnut Popcorn Bark


                


Printable Recipe

Ingredients

4, 100g bars of Cadbury milk chocolate or milk chocolate of choice
1 cup walnuts, or nut/s of choice
2 cups popcorn, lightly crushed, salted (I used G.H. Cretors Organic, but any good quality popcorn will do)


Method
  1. Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray with parchment paper. 
  2. Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler, then allow chocolate to cool slightly.
  3. Add most of the walnuts and popcorn to the melted chocolate, and fold gently! Reserve some walnuts and popcorn for sprinkling over.
  4. Let chocolate cool a little more before pouring onto tray. 
  5. Pour chocolate mixture onto the tray! 
  6. Top the rest of the walnuts and popcorn over the melted chocolate.
  7. Let bark set in refrigerator, about 2 hours, or until set. 
  8. Break into chunks before serving!

Enjoy!
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