Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme

This winter was relatively mild by Canadian standards, but whenever the mercury drops, so does the humidity. It wreaks  havoc on my skin. I was born and raised in a tropical country, where it doesn't get any lower than 20 C. We'd go on vacation to colder places during winter, but my skin was never exposed long term to winter. The coldest place I've ever been to is Harbin, China, -40 C with windchill. Needless to say, I wasn't there too long.

Growing up, I had combination skin, normal with an oily T-zone. That's pretty much how it is most of the year. During winter, my skin just dries up. My oily T-zone will become normal, borderline dry, and the rest is just parched. Don't get me started on my cuticles, they end up looking like dry cracked desert land and it turns me into a compulsive skin picker, but that's a story for another day.


This is the kit Glam Sense and Lise Watier sent. This super cute skin testing device came along with a full size jar of HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme to test and review.  It plugs into a smartphone's headphone jack and measures skin's moisture level on the Hydra-Detect app. Let's take a look at my results.


Those were the numbers for my left hand, forehead and left cheek, respectively. I did what the app told me to do (I try to follow instructions as best as I can, lol) and applied HydraForce. Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme has a floral scent I like. Initially, it's a little strong and I think some may not like it. It would probably have been better to have a much milder scent, or even go fragrance-free. The texture, I love. It's light and reminds me of a gel-creme. It absorbs quickly too. 

After waiting a few seconds for my skin to soak up the Comforting Creme, I tested the suggested areas again. Behold, my face was more hydrated! According to the app, my hand was still a little dry, but the moisture percentage did go up. 


More than those scores, my skin feeling softer and more supple tells me that it's more hydrated. I'm liking the boing-boing effect I'm having now that I've used it for about three weeks. No more talking and then wincing when my face feels tight. Thank you Glam Sense and Lise Watier for sending me this HydraForce kit and saving my skin!


Disclosure: The HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme was provided by Lise Watier through GlamSense for consideration. All opinions posted are honest and truthful- 100% real!

truBlend is tru-ly Good!

I'm usually wary of purchasing or choosing foundation online, because what you see (on your screen) might not be what you get. That was my first dilemma when I chose the Cover Girl foundation through BzzAgent.  I tried to look for swatches online, and chose my shade. I prayed that it would match, and thank goodness, when it arrived, it was good!

tru Blend applied nicely. The formula was just the right texture, not too thick and not too thin. Perfect for Goldilocks. It applied smoothly, and since I got the right shade, it looked very very natural. I've used fingers, a sponge, a foundation brush, a stippling brush, and a flat top kabuki to apply tru Blend. All of them worked. The sponge, foundation brush and kabuki gave more coverage, while the stippling brush gave a lighter, buildable coverage. The fingers were easiest, and because of the added body warmth from the finger tips, made application easy. One less tool to wash as well.


I'm glad that they packaged this in a pump bottle. A number of brands and products are too, but you'd be surprised that there are still some liquid foundations in regular bottles. (Check out the bottle of CG clean Oil Control in the photo. It looks like it has a screw-type cap. Me no likey.) The pump prevents contamination and keeps the product fresh. The pump also helps you measure how much product you use. For example, for lighter coverage I use only one pump applied evenly and blended well. It's much more convenient, and helps me skip guessing and constantly taking out product.

Now that it's winter, I normally skip powder foundation and use liquid. I only use powder to finish or keep oilies at bay. I find that truBlend, although not marketed as such, was moisturizing enough for me this mild winter without slathering on moisturizer.

Overall, I believe Covergirl's truBlend is a good foundation at the drugstore level. It's an affordable product that work well.



Disclosure: The truBlend liquid foundation was provided by Covergirl through BzzAgent for consideration. All opinions posted are honest and truthful- 100% real!

Full Lash Bloom

I recently received Covergirl's Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast Mascara (what a mouthful that was!) in very black. And by recently, I mean a few weeks ago.  Anyhow, Covergirl promises "touchably soft full lashes, a flake-resistant formula, and full separated volume." It also boasts being ophthalmologically test and suitable for contact lens wearers. 




Covergirl offered us a choice among four mascaras, including LashBlast Volume, LashBlast Fusion, Clump Crusher by LashBlast and my pick, Full Lash Bloom. I chose this one because hey, pink is pretty! But really, who likes crunchy lashes? I know I don't. My only gripe so far is that it's not waterproof. Otherwise, it's a decent drugstore mascara. Stay tuned for more in-depth review as I take it out for a few more spins.



Disclosure: The Full Lash bloom mascara was provided by Covergirl through BzzAgent for consideration. All opinions posted are honest and truthful- 100% real!

Goodbye Roots and Grays with Clairol's Root Touch-Up

It's no secret that I love experimenting with hair colour. Aside from going to the salon to have it done, I'm a huge DIY-er. I've used boxed hair colour and made my own "kits" with salon products. I've bleached my own hair (with varying results lol). Now, let me introduce Clairol's Nice 'N Easy Root Touch-Up kit.




I swear, this has got to be the cutest little thing ever. Included in each box are a brush, a mixing cup, colour creme and developer. The difference lies in the size, everything are minis! I really appreciate this as sometimes, when you're just doing your roots and not actually changing your hair colour or doing your whole head, the regular boxes have too much product. As with every kit, it also comes with an instruction leaflet and gloves.

The cute brush is actually pretty good quality. The bristles are nice, they're stiff with enough give. I found it fairly easy to apply the right amount for roots. There's also enough product to cover roots, unless you have something like six inch roots. You'd need a regular box of Clairol Nice 'N Easy for that. You only need 10 minutes of development time. I found that I spent more time applying than waiting! Another huge plus for me. It covered my roots and my pesky greys well. Yup, I'm only in my 20's but I have a ton of greys.

I chose Light Golden Brown. It goes with the 6G and 6.5G colours across Clairol's family of boxed hair colour, and I'm sure it's comparable with many, many other brands' colours. Clairol says it seamlessly matches salon colour as well. With this handy dandy kit, you'd be able to extend time between salon visits too, if that's your cuppa tea.

Disclosure: The Clairol Nice 'N Easy Root Touch-Up kit was provided by Clairol through BzzAgent for consideration. All opinions posted are honest and truthful- 100% real!

Canada, Eh?

Yes, I'm still alive! So much has happened in the time I've been missing, but it's been such a roller coaster ride. The main adventure, I believe, would be my relocation to Canada. Exciting? Sometimes! In the four months I've been here, I became a survivor of The Longest Winter Ever, slipped on ice at least thrice, practically destroyed my MacBook Pro (poor baby), and tried snowboarding. There are moments when I really, really miss my dad and my family, my dogs and my friends back home. But I've gained more experiences and new friends here, and I do not regret my decision one bit right now.

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I have some ideas for Unicorns Dream but I'll need to revive my MacBook Pro to regain access to them. Hopefully I can execute them in a timely and decent manner. So, until then!

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