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Skincare Saturday: What’s In My Bathrooms?

Guest bathroom
Guest bathroom

I think we’re all a little bit curious as to what products people keep – be it in their bags, showers, makeup collection, etc. – so I thought I’d take you on a quick tour of my two bathrooms and the products I keep on the counters and in the medicine cabinets.

Sidenote: There’s a lot of PR products in here and most of them I’ve reviewed in the past. I’ll put a star (*) beside each product that was sent to me so you’ll know!

The first bathroom is our guest bathroom and, out of the two we have, it’s the one we use the least (which means it stays clean the longest!).

Guest bathroom - sink area
Guest bathroom – sink area

I like the idea of keeping a fairly clean counter in the guest bathroom (our ensuite is much different) so I don’t have a ton of stuff on display. Tis the season for Live Clean holiday hand soaps, so I’ve got their Vanilla Peppermint hand soap* out for use. I also keep the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Lotion* out in case someone is feeling dehydrated and needs a skin boost.

In my opinion, no bathroom is complete without Q-tips and cotton rounds, so those are there as well!

Guest bathroom - medicine cabinet
Guest bathroom – medicine cabinet

It’s a little bit empty inside the mirrored medicine cabinet, but that’s fine by me! I’ve got a handy Febreze in there because no one likes to leave a bathroom feeling ashamed (more specifically… in someone else’s house!) and honestly that Febreze is about six years old at this point. Those things last forever!

I’ve also got some QUO nail polish remover – I always opt for the hydrating ones if I can find them. Some more lotion in there – Avon‘s Skin So Soft Aqua Express* (love the smell of this one!) and the Be Delectable Hand Cream. Since I also wash my makeup brushes in the guest bathroom, I’ve also got a huge bottle of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo which is my go-to for makeup brush cleaning.

Ensuite bathroom
Ensuite bathroom

Time to move on to our ensuite and this one is a lot more jam packed with products! Once again with the Q-tips and cotton rounds, but this time I’ve got a Bath & Body Works hand soap in Crisp Morning Air which is one of my favourite autumnal scents.

Ensuite bathroom - counter
Ensuite bathroom – counter

To the right of the sink is a lineup of products that I use daily… or that I try to use up (namely some of the hair stuff).

  • The Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads* are one of my favourite quick face washes. The pads come soaked with face wash and have a textured side so you can really scrub at your face.
  • Dermal Therapy Heel Care is VITAL to me. I get heel cracks and this is the only product that will heal them.
  • Bioderma Micelle Solution in Hydrabio* – an absolute daily necessity for me. Helps to clean up my makeup mistakes and great for removing any makeup or oil residue at the end of the day.
  • Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Soap – I usually wash my face in the shower (where I keep another face wash), but if I’m not showering that day I’ll reach for this face wash. It’s kinda neat – it foams up like shaving cream, and thankfully does not smell like eggs!
  • Infusium 23 Leave-in Conditioner*: LOVE this stuff. I was a huge fan of the shampoo and conditioner, but I used those up a while ago. So now I’m finishing up the leave-in conditioner which I spray on my hair when I’m out of the shower. Helps detangle my very-much-in-need-of-a-haircut, far-too-long-hair right now!
  • Sun Bum Sea Spray* – I love using this during the summer to give me some crunchy, salty beach waves!
  • Living Proof Instant Texture Mist – Not a huge fan of this one, so I’m trying to use it up. I much prefer the volumizing cream.
  • Sunsilk Thermashine leave in conditioner: This is actually a bottle of water that I use to wet my hair if I got a kink in it and need to re-style it. I miss Themasilk/Sunsilk though. They were my absolute favourite hair brand through the 90s and 00s.
  • Pantene hairspray – I’m not fussy when it comes to hairspray so I just buy the biggest can out there and it lasts me forever since I only use it when I curl my hair.
Ensuite bathroom - medicine cabinet
Ensuite bathroom – medicine cabinet

Straight into the medicine chests!  There’s a hell of a lot in here, so I’ll keep it brief. I’ll also only be mentioning the products that are mine (which uh…. is most of them).

  • Secret Deodorant: Spring Breeze is my favourite scent and I haven’t strayed from it in about a decade!
  • Sekkisei Enriched Lotion*: Using this as my daily toner. It seems fine, but I don’t notice much of a difference in my skin. I do like using toners for some reason though.
  • Lierac Hydragenist Spray*: I don’t use this super often, but it’s a great hydrating spray when you need an extra boost.
  • Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil: It works really well at breaking up makeup, but I do notttt like the smell of it.
  • Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes: The BEST makeup remover in the world, hands down. Been using this for more than ten years and they had better continue to make this throughout my entire lifespan!
  • MAC Cleansing Oil: Tiny baby sample I got with one of my orders.
Ensuite bathroom - medicine cabinet
Ensuite bathroom – medicine cabinet

And the last two shelves… phew!

  • Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream*: I use it… but I have no idea if it’s doing anything like removing wrinkles. It does help to rehydrate my eyes if I’ve worn makeup too much that day though.
  • Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Creme*: Super moisturizing. I tend to put this on on days where I don’t wear makeup.
  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth – Youth Concentrate Serum*: Just trying to use this serum up. It’s okay, but it tightens my pores and I’m not a huge fan of that sensation.
  • tarte Lip Facial* and Mary Kay Satin Lips*: Two lip scrubs I just pulled out but haven’t used yet (just finished my Lush one the night before).
  • Korres Wild Rose Face Oil*: Almost done with this one and I really like it! It’s lightweight so you can wear this one throughout the summer as well. I usually apply it a few times a week at night.
  • Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Lavande*: I’m not huge into lavender, but the scent of this is refreshing and soothing. I occasionally mist my face with it in the mornings for a boost.
  • Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat*: This stuff is WILD. Super moisturizing but also mattifying. I don’t know how that works, but it does!
  • Bioderma Hydrabio Creme*: Feeling seriously dehydrated? This is the moisturizer for you! I only apply this at night because it’s SO thick and does’t play well under makeup.
  • Philosophy Take A Deep Breath*: This is a lovely gel cream that is my current daily moisturizer. It works really well under makeup, smells nice and is hydrating.
  • Embryolisse Eclat du Regard*: Super buttery eye cream that I’ve used a handful to times, but will be in full rotation when I finish up the Clinique one

Phew! That’s it! When I thought of this idea for a post, I hadn’t really stopped to consider just how many products I have in my bathrooms! Hope you liked the quick tour of the products I’m currently using on the daily. 🙂

Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliner (Review & Swatches)

Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners

Too Faced *AND* glitter?? You know my interest was piqued!

Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners
Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners

Just this past month Too Faced launched their Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners and I was intrigued. I play with a lot of glitter, so I’m always interested to see new ways to apply it to my face! These Glitter Pop! liners promise to peel away without leaving glitter flecks anywhere. That’s one hell of a bold claim since glitter is infamous for getting EVERYWHERE!

Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners
Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners

There are eight shades in the range and I have seven of them – I’m only missing the rose-gold shade (which looks more copper to be honest). They come with 6.5 grams of product, which may not sound like much, but these tubes are enormous for an eyeliner!

Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners
Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners

The Glitter Pop! liner is your standard brush tip applicator that you dip into the pot of glittery goodness. For the most part the glitters are suspended in a clear base, however some of them do have a coloured base which helps to amplify the colour. (Fairy Queen, I’m Half Mermaid and Hey Mr. DJ have tinted colour bases.)

Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners - swatches
Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners – swatches

Swatched out you can see just how much glitter is jam packed into these liners. One of my problems with glitter liners over the years has been when there’s too much base and not enough glitter particles. This usually leaves you with a fairly patchy application AND means you need to apply about twenty coats to get opaque coverage. The Too Faced Glitter Pop! liners are more of a two-coat wonder. You could get away with a single coat, but two really solidifies the colour output on your eyes. The brand suggests using three coats, which I think has to do with the peel off aspect.

Wearing Fairy Queen
Wearing Fairy Queen

The first time I tried the Glitter Pop! liner, I went in with Fairy Queen – an absolutely beautiful purple. At Too Faced‘s recommendation, I went in with three coats. I was pleased with how fast it dried and how much glitter was jampacked into the tube. It made for really easy application that wasn’t spotty. I noticed a little bit of a tugging sensation on the inner corner of my eyelid – which I can only assume is the “glue” drying and holding the liner in place – but aside from that it was comfortable to wear! I wore this one through a movie (we went to see Blade Runner 2049) and it lasted the whole time.

Wearing Lucky Bitch
Wearing Lucky Bitch

I used Lucky Bitch on my next trial run – this time to work! I had heard a few people complaining that the liner pops off without warning, so I really wanted to put it to the test by wearing it for 9-10 hours. For me, there wasn’t a single issue! The glitter didn’t peel off prematurely and looked beautiful all day long. And, as promised, there is zero fall out!

Lucky Bitch - up close
Lucky Bitch – up close

Here’s a closer up shot so you can see just how beautiful the glitter particles are. They’re layered on top of each other but still manage to retain that chunky glittery aspect.

Wearing Glitter Ghost
Wearing Glitter Ghost

I opted for Glitter Ghost the third time and decided to try a different placement. I really like the look of glitter on the inner corner of my eye, so that’s where it went. Sadly, this didn’t work out for me as well as it did on the upper lash line. I feel like maybe the inner corner of your eye is too flexible, because the glitter liner started to lift up on the inner corner within about thirty minutes and I had to just pull the whole thing off for my workday because it was looking too patchy. But that’s the beauty of these liners – don’t like how it looks? Peel it right off and try again! No harm, no foul.

Peeling off a Glitter Pop!
Peeling off a Glitter Pop!

And speaking of peel off – here’s how it looks. I did three coats of I’m Half Mermaid and tried to show you just how easily this liner pulls up when you want it to. I slide the edge of my fingernail (you could also use tweezers) underneath the outside edge, lift it up, and start peeling it away. It’s so simple, and so freaking easy.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a glitter liner with 100% ZERO fallout, then the Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners are definitely for you. The base that these are suspended in acts like a glue and gels everything together so that you needn’t worry about stray glitter particles. In my past experiences, no amount of glitter glue have ever managed to hold ALL of the glitter particles in place, so this was extremely impressive to me.

As I said in the review, it didn’t really work out for me on the inner corner of my eye. If you were going to wear it that way, I’d suggest applying the lightest layer you can with as little base as you can. I think the glue aspect of the glitter base is flexible enough for your eyelid, but not so much on the inner corner – which, for me – is a very curved-in area.

The peel off aspect of these liners is absolutely unreal. They really do come off in one solid peel which is *ever* so satisfying! You don’t need to peel them off to remove them though – you can also use an oil-based remover and they come right off as well.

In short – these are great! Beautiful colours, easy to apply and jam-packed with glitter. I love that the base of the eyeliner holds the glitter in place and it doesn’t come off on my eyes before I want it to.

The Too Faced Glitter Pop! Peel-Off Eyeliners can be purchased at sephora.ca for $24 CAD each or on sephora.com for $20 USD each. These are marked as a limited edition item, so I have no idea how long they’ll be around!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. This post contains affiliate links.

essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colour (Review & Swatches)

essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colour

New in by essence: Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours! You may have seen me mention them in my essence Fall Winter 2017 Collection – PR Haul video from a few weeks ago – I was so interested in the texture of these lip products that I felt they warranted a full review.

essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours have a paddlefoot applicator
essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours have a paddlefoot applicator

For North Americans, the essence Water Kisses seem to be an essencemakeup.com exclusive item as I haven’t seen them in stores nor on ulta.com. There are six shades in the range, although only three are depicted in this post. The Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours have a “super-light, medium-coverage gloss [that] glides on easily, creating an aqua-like sensation on the lips without bleeding or feathering.”

essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours have a paddlefoot applicator
essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours have a paddlefoot applicator

When I first swatched them on my hand I was taken aback – they felt so, SO liquid and just… WET! And yet, they weren’t slopping around on my hand so I had some confidence that they would stay put on my lips. There is a very faint raw/frozen berry scent when you sniff the tube, but I didn’t find it had much taste on my lips.

essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours swatched - Deep Sea Love, Aquatic Chic & Ocean Girl
essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colours swatched – Deep Sea Love, Aquatic Chic & Ocean Girl

Swatched out, you can see there’s plenty of pigment in the essence Water Kisses. These are more medium to full coverage, but you will get a hint of your own lip colour peeking through at times.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about these Water Kisses is that while it goes on very fluid and and has that wet-look shine – that particular consistency eventually goes away. As you can see in the middle of each swatch shot, the formula becomes more of a satin finish once it’s had a little bit of time to dry down.

Wearing Deep Sea Love
Wearing Deep Sea Love

My favourite shade out of the three I tried – this is Deep Sea Love. It’s a beautiful juicy, vibrant red.

Wearing Aquatic Chic
Wearing Aquatic Chic

Aquatic Chic is a deep raspberry.

Wearing Ocean Girl
Wearing Ocean Girl

Perhaps the most surprising to me, I was impressed with just how much I liked Ocean Girl on my complexion. This is definitely not the kind of shade I gravitate towards, but I really like this one!

Final Thoughts

Although the essence Water Kisses claim to be a “glossy lip colour”, I’d have to argue and say that fundamentally, while they do go on very wet and slick, they don’t actually stay that way. Once they dry down they look far more matte/satin – which is fine by me since the finish is beautiful. However, since they’re billed as a glossy lip colour, I thought it was worth pointing out that that texture will not stick around on your lips. When they dried down, I expected them to either stain or become transferproof – they did neither of those. Which is great for easy removal, but it also means be careful where you put your lips!

Aside from the changing finish of the product, the texture is wonderful and it does stay put on the lips. As with all lip products, I did test these with a primer (I have to guys, I’m not going to work without lip primer on and watching my lipstick gravitate up my lip crevices towards my nose), and these didn’t travel outside my lip line (which I have seen some lip products do despite the primer!). In fact, the edge was very, very similar to the sharpness that you can achieve with a matte liquid lipstick. Super impressed!

Between the texture, colours, longevity and comfort… the essence Water Kisses are a good solid buy… and they’re only $4.99 USD on essencemakeup.com!

The products featured in this post were given to me for consideration. Post contains affiliate links.