Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 2016 - Scratch Monthly Mani Kit Review

Scratch has 2 subscription options:
Each subscription also includes little extra goodies - polish, tools, etc.

I chose the Kit option, here is how Scratch describes the Monthly Mani Kit:
"For only $10 a month, each kit includes one set of wraps (already a $12 value), and extras like polish, charms and nail art tools (a total value of over $20). Signing up is a no brainer when you're saving this much."

Of the 3 monthly nail wraps featured in the Monthly Box, you pick which style you would like for your Kit! 

Here is a look at the April Monthly Mani Kit:

April 2016 - Scratch Monthly Mani Kit Review

This month I selected the adorable Unicorn wraps and the Kit came with 2 extra goodies! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Five on Friday - April 29, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!! Hope you all had a great week - I was a little busy this week with work projects so I am happy to see the weekend! 

Before I get started I should probably mention that my no-but did not go as well as expected. I bought a sticker subscription and a small gift for myself which I didn't think was too bad. But then, my hair straightener broke and I had to replace that, and I also need to make a small skincare purchase (I am hoping they are in store so I don't have to make an online order!)

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Did you guys watch Game of Thrones last weekend?!!!! I was really happy they touched on most story lines, but since I knew Bran was back this season, it would have been nice to see him too!! So excited for the rest of this season - it's hard for me not having a book now to know what will happen! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wine and Mask Wednesday (Bodacious Smooth White + Holika Holika Ampoule Mask Sheet)

Happy Wine and Mask Wednesday! And, finally some WINE!!!! This week's theme is tropical! 

Here is my Mask of the Week:
Holika Holika - Ampoule Mask Sheet From Nature (Vitamin + Pineapple)

Holika Holika - Ampoule Mask Sheet From Nature (Vitamin + Pineapple) ~ $5.18 (5 for $25.90). Pineapple Extract and Vitamin C derivatives deliver healthy energy of nature to the skin. So it makes the skin sleek and soft.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lorac Pro Palette - Swatches, Makeup Looks, and Review!

One of my "must-have" items when I went on a big shopping trip to the states was a Lorac palette! This is brand that is not available in Canada and it is so well reviewed - I had to get my hands on something from them! 


Lorac Pro Palette - Swatches, Makeup Looks, and Review!

I went with the Pro palette - it has a great mix of colours and is actually a fair bit different than any of the other palettes I have, making it a great addition in my collection!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Manicure Monday - Essence Gel Nail Polish

Happy Monday everyone!!! 

Here is a look at my Manicure Monday:
essence gel nail polish

This week I am try out the Essence Gel Nail Polish and doing some easy accents with nail tape! 

April 2016 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox

Here is a breakdown of the April Ipsy and Topbox:
April 2016 Beauty Box Comparison - Ipsy vs. Topbox

Both boxes came with a great value this month, lots of full size items and a very similar break-down of products! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Skincare Sunday - My Favorite Weird Masks Recap

I have tried some seriously cool and weird masks since diving in to k-beauty products! But, I feel like some of the past reviews of these awesome masks get lost in all my newer posts! 

So for this week's Skincare Sunday, I am going to recap my 5 Favorite Weird and Cool masks! 

1. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

How strange and amazing is this carbonated mask?! You apply the clay textured mask to the skin and it instantly starts bubbling and foaming on the skin! 

Check out my full review here

Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 2016 Topbox - Unboxing and Review

TopBox is a Canadian Beauty Box Subscription - for $12 CDN a month with free shipping, you will receive 4 deluxe sample size or full size products. You fill out a beauty profile and generally receive products based on what you have identified in the profile. Also, every month you have the option to wish for a "prive" box, which is a box that focuses on one brand or product for the whole box.

TopBox is a Canadian company and only ships to Canada. There is usually a month or two waitlist for this subscription. 

For April, I requested a regular Topbox - here is a look at what I received:
 

April 2016 Topbox - Unboxing and Review

Topbox usually only comes with 4 products, but this month everyone got a bonus razor from Schick which is awesome!! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Five on Friday - April 22, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!! This has been a crazy week - I have been really busy at work and we had some pretty tough training to go through, so I am happy to see the weekend! 

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reneeclementine snapchat

Hey guys - I JUST got Snapchat! I know I'm a little late on this one, but I am pretty excited about it! I actually don't really have a clue what I am doing yet; I need a little time to play around and see what I should be doing! I don't even know how to find people to follow - how bad is that?!
Buuuuut, I will figure it out soon, so add me on Snapchat here

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wineless Mask Wednesday - Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack Review

Oh man, sadly my Wine Wednesdays are really starting to lack the wine - what is happening in the world?! No, but seriously, I wasn't feeling great today so I didn't think adding wine to the mix was a good idea! 

Here is my Mask of the Week:
Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack Review

Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack ~ $25.95. A pore purifying & astringent facial pack. Formulated with volcanic ash to remove impurities & sebum. Reduces pore size & delivers minerals to skin. Blended with Jeju complex & vegetable extracts for soothing effect. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines. Unveils a clearer smoother complexion with smaller refined pores. Free of parabens artificial pigment talc TEA & synthetic fragrance.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Manicure Monday + Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Off Polish Barrier Review

I love when my weekly Mani also includes me reviewing a new product - the Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Off Polish Barrier!
Kiesque Liquid Palisade Easy-Peel Off Polish Barrier Review

Kiesque LIQUID PALISADE™ Easy-Peel Polish Barrier ~ $17.00. Kiesque’s LIQUID PALISADE™ Easy-Peel Polish Barrier is perfect for keeping your cuticles free from polish when brushing on traditional manis or water-marble designs. A liquid tape designed for your nails, it features a quick-drying formula and an easy-to-use handle with a short, wide brush for instant application to cuticles. 

Skincare Sunday - Pur~lisse Sheet Mask Product Review

I am always pretty excited to receive new sheet masks in subscriptions, so I like to try them out right away! I just received this mask in my April Ipsy bag! 
Pur~lisse Sheet Mask Product Review

Pur~lisse Beauty Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask ~ $8.00. This natural fiber mask infused with Blue Lotus, White Tea and restorative Asian botanicals delivers antioxidants and minerals to your skin.  This power blend fights free radicals, improves skin texture while White Mulberry brightens and Anise helps firm skin, leaving complexion healthy, beautiful and youthful-looking.  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review and Unboxing!

Ipsy is one of the original inexpensive beauty bag sample subscriptions. You receive 4-5 deluxe sample size or full size products each month. The cost is $10 US (+ $4.95 shipping to Canada - you will have to factor in our crazy exchange rate right now!)

Ipsy is generally make-up products with a mix of skincare, nail polish, and hair products based on a beauty profile you complete. There is usually 12-18 products that are selected from each month! You can view your "glam room" online that tells you all the products you will receive each month. You also receive a make-up bag each month with your products.

Ipsy always ships out in it's signature pink mailer, and here is a look at what came inside! 
April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review and Unboxing!

This month's bag is a tie-dye type thicker material bag and the theme is "Dreamers". 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sephora Shopping Haul!

This haul is a little late being posted as I have already reviewed a few of the products! I put in 2 Sephora orders right at the end of March and actually sat on most of the items for a while and returned a couple of items (that's why this took a little while to post - I was contemplating some items!)

Here is a look at what I got:
Sephora Shopping Haul!

Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Face Powder ~ $27.00. A translucent matte face powder that color corrects all skin tones, sets makeup, brightens, and subtly highlights the complexion without shimmer. 

Five on Friday - April 15, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you guys had a great week - I actually had a really quiet week, which was great! 

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There is new LUSH guys! How cute do these luxury bath oils look?! I NEED to buy these as soon as I am off my no-buy! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wineless, Wine and Mask Wednesday (Lovemore Cubilose Extract Hydrating & Firming Mask Sheet)

Time for another Wineless (sorry!) Mask Wednesday! 

This week I am using a Lovemore Silk Sheet Mask - Lovemore is a Taiwanese Brand that uses 100% silk sheet masks that are thin and form-fitting to better lock in hydration and deliver moisture and nutrients deep in to the skin! 

Lovemore Cubilose Extract Hydrating & Firming Mask Sheet

Lovemore Cubilose Extract Hydrating & Firming Mask Sheet ~ $2.75 to $4.00. A firming sheet mask enriched with Cubilose extract, Aloe Vera extract, Royal Jelly, and Pyracantha extract to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. This sheet mask promotes moisture retention in the skin, smoothing rough skin and firming weak skin due to dryness. Suitable for all skin types.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review, Swatches and Makeup Looks

If you guys have been around the makeup world at all, then you know how hyped up the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette has been!! 

They had a few staggered releases in the US; however, it was a little messy with the first release in Canada (no need to relive but it wasn't released until a day later on Sephora Canada - but I did order it on March 30 and Sephora shipped it right away!)

This palette is sold out online now, but will be released in Sephora stores on April 15! It sounds like this will be limited quantities, so act quickly! 

Behold the beauty! 
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review, Swatches and Makeup Looks

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection Palette ~ $59.00 CAN. The Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection Palette is infused with the juicy scent and antioxidant-rich essence of peach. Create endless looks with 18 shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and pops of purples that will leave your eyes looking warm weather-fresh all year long.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Manicure Monday - Nails Inc Paint Can Review (Spray On Polish) + an update 24 hours later

It's Manicure Monday - I am super excited to try the Nails Inc London Paint Can Spray on Nail Polish! I had mentioned a few months back that this was available in the UK, but it just came out in Canada at the end of March! 


Nails Inc Paint Can Review (Spray On Polish) + an update 24 hours later

Nails Inc. Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish in "Hoxton Market" ~ $14.00. Paint Can Spray On Nail Polish is perfect for on-the-go nail polish fans who are on the go. Just spray onto the fingertips and the polish adheres to the base coat or nail polish. To remove any excess polish, quickly wash away from the skin with water or cleansing wipes. You’ll achieve perfectly applied polish instantly. For up to four days of wear with a glossy finish, apply a top coat. 

Nails Inc. The Paint Can's Best Friend 2 in 1 Base and Top Coat ~ $10.00. This mini bottle of top coat was created in conjunction with the revolutionary Paint Can Spray On Polish. Formulated with fast-dry technology, it delivers a super quick drying base and top coat application.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Skincare Sunday Product Review - Sonya Dakar Flash Facial

In my skincare routine I do a face peel every 2 weeks (on the opposite weeks, I do a deep exfoliation).

I actually received this product quite a while back (in a past FabFitFun box) and have been using it regularly with the other face peels I use. 

Sonya Dakar Flash Facial

Sonya Dakar Flash Facial ~ $95.00. Get softer, plumper & younger skin in just 60 seconds! 1 minute exfoliating gel gentle enough for all skin types.

Reveal fresh young skin in 1 minute! This safe and effective exfoliating gel quickly sloughs away dead skin and other impurities. Created with lactic acid to gently detoxify, Hylasome (5 times more moisturization than standard hyaluronic acid), and anti-oxidant rich resveratrol to nourish. Skin is left soft to the touch, plumper and instantly brighter. The results are immediate and undeniable. Recommended for all skin types.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Five on Friday - April 8, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week! Here are 5 things going on this week! 

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scratch nail wraps

I got a big order of Scratch wraps! They have a $3 sale every Sunday and I jumped when I saw they had all transparent wraps on sale! I think if you guys read my blog, you know how much I love these wraps! They apply so easily, and the best part is they are removed with nail polish remover and are so quick! (Plus, they are gorgeous!)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

TRESemmé Reverse System "Beauty-Full Volume& Review

TRESemmé introduced a new "Reverse System" for touchable, soft, and voluminous hair!

TRESemmé Reverse System & Beauty-Full Volume & Review

The "Reverse System" is exactly what it sounds like - Condition first, and Shampoo second! This system also included a third step, a hair softener. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wineless Mask Wednesday - Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask Pack Aqua

I usually look forward to my glass of wine on Wednesday with my mask; but, this week I started hot yoga again so I figured coming home and drinking a glass of wine right after might not be the best thing for me! 

Here is my Mask of the Week:
Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask Pack Aqua

Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask Pack - Aqua ~ $2.66 (10 pack for $26.64). An intensely hydrating & brightening facial gel mask. Formulated with Donkey Milk rich in proteins lipids & vitamins. Provides hydrating & reparative benefits. Blended with Honey extract for anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial properties. Loaded with Licorice Root extract to reduce excess pigmentation. Unveils a firmer smoother plumper brighter even-toned & younger looking complexion.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Manicure Monday (Scratch "Bloom" nail wraps) + Monthly Pedicure (Holographic Toes!)

I'm thinking Spring again for this Manicure Monday! I just got some amazing nail wraps from Scratch and was excited to dig in! I used the wraps "Bloom" - here is a look at my nails! 
Scratch "Bloom" nail wraps go scratch it

I LOVE how these turned out! So pretty! 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Skincare Sunday - Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme Product Review

This week I am featuring a brand new product by Vichy - the Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme was just released in stores and online on March 23! 
Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme Product Review

The Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme - Youth Power Serum Accelerated Renewal is a new and improved formula that targets 10 signs of aging to help transform and improve the look of your skin!

March 2016 - Monthly Empties (with mini reviews)

Time to dive in and see what I used up in March:
March 2016 - Monthly Empties (with mini reviews)

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Micelle Solution ~ $20 for 250ml. A cleansing and make-up removing water that respects the fragility of sensitive skin.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

March 2016 Favourites!

Here is a look at my 5 Favourites that I have been loving this month! 

March 2016 Favourites!

Floral Water - Bulgarian Rose ~ $21.00 for 100 ml (pictured here). Spray gently on your skin before applying the serum (your skin will absorb it better).

Friday, April 1, 2016

Five on Friday - April 1, 2016

Happy April Fools Day everyone! (Do people still celebrate that? I haven't seen any pranks for a few years as my son has been too little, so maybe now that he is getting older I can expect some pranks coming my way!)

I really enjoyed having a short week for Easter this week! It was a very nice relaxing long weekend! 

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Have you guys heard all the Instagram craziness going on?
First and the biggest, Instagram is changing their algorithms from reverse chronological to  "top priority" meaning what they think you will like the most. You will now have the option to get notifications from people. But this is not cool - who wants to get phone notifications every time someone posts?! So everyone is getting a big influx of people asking their followers to subscribe. I say DON'T DO IT! I will not be subscribing to anyone, nor will I be asking for anyone to subscribe to me. This way will also allows for more ads and paid feeds to show up. I'm not happy with these changes, and this may be working - Instagram posted on Twitter that they are listening and haven't changed anything yet. 
I don't want a bunch of ads and paid feeds, I am happy with it now - I like the order it is! 

Speaking of instagram, you can follow me here - reneeclementine

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