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Thursday, 29 September 2016

I Love Scarves!

I LOVE scarves - for a few years, I wore them daily (even in the summer - our office is FREEZING!).

Too cool for work

Now that fall is upon us, it is back to scarf season! Whether at work to keep warm, or out with friends walking downtown, a scarf is a necessary accessory in my closet.

Who better than to help me upgrade my sad scarf collection, but Amazon?

There are a plethora of scarf patterns to choose from, and I opted for the “SF5061751” Blue shawl colour, as I thought it looked like feathers.

It is actually a tropical scene with a palm tree, and yellow with blue and greenish sky. It is quite pretty, despite the pattern misunderstanding.

It is made of a light and airy material, and can be worn as a light shawl, a cover up on the beach down south, or when rolled up slightly – wrap it around your neck in scarf form.

The edges are hemmed evenly, and the material is of decent quality and should last a while before it starts snagging.

Based on the number of different mystery patterns to choose from, and the quality of the material, the price point for these scarves is less than they are in store, thus I highly recommend one or two to freshen up your fall attire!

*** I received this product at a reduced or no cost for my fair and fabulous review ***

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Product Review!

I received four L'Oreal Paris Revitalift face products for review from Influenster recently, and am pleasantly impressed with their overall results! 

Revitalift Bright Reveal SPF 30 Daily Lotion

White Goo!

This moisturizer is the perfect complement to the other RevitaLift Products – being that Glycolic Acid is one of the main ingredients – care must be taken to protect my more sensitive skin from burning or being too over exposed to the elements. 

The SPF30 is the perfect anti UVA sun beam strength to both protect, but still allow me to get enough natural colour that I do not look like a white ghost while emerging from the dark indoors!

This moisturizing cream is a medium thickness, and one pump from the handy pump bottle is plenty to provide full face and neck coverage.  I rub it in with a circular motion after my normal face cleaning routine, and within a minute, my face is ready to apply my normal foundation and other make up onto. It does not leave my skin feeling sticky or dry, but rather soft and refreshed. 

The natural redness  in my cheeks has slightly diminished, and I have been carded twice in the last week as I look 25 years and under!  Not bad for a gal in her late 30s! 

My face has not reacted negatively at all to the cream whether on its own or once my regular make up is applied (it can happen – my face has burned from other products with Glycolic acid in them in the past…).

My fine eye and laugh lines look less noticeable, and my ever depending forehead wrinkles have also diminished in appearance.  They are still there, but it is kind of like time has taken them back a notch or two.  I am blaming the retinol within the cream.

So overall, I am happy with the overall results of all the Revitalift facial products, and would recommend them to anyone over 20 years old!

Revitalift Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser

Cleaning goo!

This scrub will definitely last me forever – I find I just need a small dab of the gel-like substance to provide enough coverage for my entire face and neck.

It has those little pearl things in it (that I though had stopped being used in beauty products recently, but perhaps not!), and smells amazing.  I am normally not a citrus scented gal, but they put enough lemony scent to tantalize my senses in the morning. 

I wet my face, and dab a bit of the gel on either side of my face, and rub in circular motions to exfoliate my skin and promote proper circulation. 

It rinses off quite easily, and has not irritated my eyes or face in any way both while it is on my face and while being rinsed off.

As a daily use cleanser, it is a bit harsh (yay, Glycolic acid!), but I use it three to four times a week to help keep my skin fresh, clean, and evenly toned.

My face definitely feels alert and cleansed after use!

I have not noticed any reaction while outside during the day, but due to the acid in the product, it makes the skin more sensitive, and it is recommended that you wear a sunscreen on your face to ensure it does not burn.

Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads

The Pads!

These pads are definitely revealing in a multitude of ways!

I use one quilted pad after washing and drying my face at night after a long day of being caked with foundation and other make up products.  I rub it in a circular motion on my face and neck, and grossly enough, the quilted pad still pulls up more dirt and debris that has been missed by my regular washing!

I am in my late 30s, so preventing the spread of fine lines and wrinkles is a daily struggle.  Since I have started using these pads, I have definitely noticed a halt in the wrinkles and lines, especially on my forehead and smile lines.

This is a weird exfoliator, as you don’t feel like you are doing anything more than scrubbing your face with a pad – yet it picks up so much from my face after each use, that it makes me feel fresh and cleaner than normal.

I use this in conjunction with the Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer, and the results have been pretty clear and noticeable.  I was carded twice in the last week for looking 25 years old or younger, and it has been some time since that happened.

Apparently skin can be more sensitive to sunlight, but I have not felt any ill effects since implementing it into my beauty regime.

As usual with a lot of mainstream products, there are not really any natural ingredients within the pads, so if this is a concern, this product is not for you.

There are enough pads to last a month, so for a small premium, I feel it is definitely worth it for the results I have seen over the last 3 weeks!

Revitalift Bright Reveal Dual Overnight Moisturizer:

Globby Goo!

This dual overnight moisturizer is definitely an efficient and different idea from other night creams I have used. 

It includes both a serum AND cream in separate compartments of the pump container, which both come out simultaneously for even coverage. 

Normally I put on a serum and let it dry for a few minutes, then apply my night moisturizer afterwards.  This dual moisturizer takes away this two-step process with one pump!

The serum is light thickness, and the moisturizer is a medium thickness – blending together seamlessly with no mess or dripping. 

After cleaning my face and using the Gentle Daily Exfoliating Peel Pads (from the same product line), I rub the cream onto my face and neck in a circular motion – it blends in quickly and easily without leaving any residue.  It dries within a minute or two, leaving my face feeling soft, but not sticky, dry, or too creamy.

The serum is supposed to remove dead skin cells, whereas the cream includes Pro Retinol and Vitamin C, which have noticeably filled in some of my light eye and smile lines, and is working its way on my recently visible forehead lines.

My face has also been less red looking, with a more overall even skin tone.

It does not really include any natural ingredients, so if that is the type of product you prefer, this is not for you.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My Nivea Canada ChickAdvisor Review

I was fortunate enough to be part of the Nivea Must Haves campaign thanks to Chickadvisor this month!

The Must Haves for Nivea are as follows:

Nivea Creme Care All-In-One Facial Cleansing Lotion - $8.99

Caring Formula with skin friendly ingredients cleanses face & eyes thoroughly while protecting skin's natural moisture balance.  For wonderfully clean & soft, kissable skin.

This lotion I was confused about at first.  Day One I decided that I ought to use it all over my body and face.

For my body, this did nothing expect provide additional moisturizing.  I definitely did not feel clean afterwards!

For my face, it blends in well - as always, using circular motions to stimulate circulation.  I leave it on for a minute or so to absorb, hoping that it doesn't drizzle into my eyes in the meantime.

I rub my face while removing the cream, and voila - my face feels moisturized without being greasy, soft, and ready for the day!

It's okay, but I just don't feel clean afterwards...I feel like I have well hydrated skin.  I use this every 3 or 4 days so I can feel clean the other days of the week.

I give this a 4 out of 5 Systic Rating

Nivea Creme Care Facial Cleansing Wipes - $8.99

Gentle formula effectively cleanses skin, removing even waterproof makeup without rubbing, leaving your skin feeling soft & smooth.

These wipes are so handy for anyone on the go!  Whether it be jetsetting around the world, overnight at a hotel, or even camping, the handy factor of these wipes is pretty sweet.

The plastic pouch the wipes are contained within has a flap that opens for wipe dispensing, and closes ok - I have found over the last week the wipes have gone from nice and moist to semi moist, so the closing aspect of the package is not 100% effective.  I would not recommend using these wipes occasionally, but every day so you don't lose the moist factor over time.

Overall, the wipes do a decent job of cleaning my face after a long day at work.  It even cleans off my eye make up without too much scrubbing on my end.

The cloths are relatively smooth, so when I used a second cleaning product afterwards (with a quilted pattern in the wipes), I was still able to remove more make up afterwards, despite the Nivea cloth coming out relatively clean.

I give this a 3 out of 5 Systic Rating

Nivea Creme $7.99-$13.49

Nivea's Original moisturizer for the whole family.  Great for body, face, hands, and even really dry spots like elbows & knees, providing rich protective care & deep nourishment.

This creme is a medium thickness white cream that requires an ample amount to provide full body coverage.

I find it a bit greasy and difficult to rub in, but it is good for my dryer knees and elbows.  The rest of my body literally takes too much elbow grease first thing in the morning, so I'll just stick with the driest parts for this cream.

Thankfully it dries quick enough that I can put on tights or pants on afterwards without stickiness or the clothing residue being left on my body afterwards.

There is no scent to it, so for scent free folk, it's definitely a bonus.

I give this a 3.5 out of 5 Systic Rating

Nivea Protect & Care Anti Perspirant/Deodorant - $3.99

Nivea care for delicate underarm skin.  Provides 48 hour effective yet gentle odour protection with caring ingredients of Nivea Creme.

Meh. I wanted to like this deodorant, but it just did not wow my underarms.

It has a super light scent, and is a solid white stick.  The whiteness has not transferred over to my clothing, which is always a concern with solid sticks.

The Antiperspirant part works - I have use it working outside and hiking, and my sweat stayed away...but after any kind of physical activity, I could smell myself.  After 4 days (thankfully a long weekend), I gave up on it, and it will be my back up antiperspirant for when I need a touch up.  I feel if I can smell myself, that others can smell me more!

My armpits require a special touch, and this is not for me.

I give this a 2 out of 5 Systic Rating.

Nivea Essential Lip Balm - $1.99

Provides 12 hour moisture, leaving your lips sensationally soft & effectively protecting them from drying out.

I have always been pleased with Nivea lip balms in the past, this balm is no different.

It is a clearish balm with a nice large surface - two swoops, and my lips are moisturized and soft vs dry and chappy.

I can apply it in the morning, and it doesn't really require reapplication until mid afternoon.

For my chappy lips, having a long term yet non-sticky lip balm is important, and Nivea meets these criteria!

I give this a 5 out of 5 Systic Rating!


So overall, I'm meh about most of the Nivea Product line...they would be more Wants vs Needs, and even then, perhaps for someone else's skin or beauty regime.

Thank you again Nivea & Chickadvisor for providing these products to me at no cost for my fair and fabulous reviews!