Cosmetically Curious

August 21, 2014

Live Clean Miracle Nutrition Oil – Oil Up, Shampoo Out!

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Live Clean Miracle Nutrition Oil

Hey everyone! It’s strange for my to post two hair related posts in one month, but lately, I’ve been finding some amazing products for silky, soft strands! Live Clean has a new range of Hair Oils that are silicone free and made for a variety of different hair types and textures. For intense smoothing, they have Exotic Silk Keratin Oil, for strengthening there is Exotic Vitality Monoi Oil and for all around Nutrition (and my favourite, thus far) is the Live Clean Miracle Nutrition Oil.

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Live Clean Miracle Nutrition Oil

Since I discovered Phyto Phytonectar Hair Treatment Oil ($30.00 CAD) some months ago, I’ve been addicted to pre-treating my hair with an oil before shampooing. I know, it sounds totally weird – why would you apply an oil if you’re just going to wash it out? I thought the same thing, but after trying it, I’m a true believer and completely hooked! I was so happy to see that Live Clean had included a Pre-Shampoo Oil in their new hair oil range! Actually, all three oils can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment – this one just says it on the box. ;)

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Live Clean Miracle Nutrition Oil

This bi-phase oil treatment contains rich, nourishing oils as well as their Professional “Thick Bond Protein” technology to increase the density of each hair shaft making this ideal for thinning or mature hair. Jojoba, Avocado and Rosehip oil penetrate the hair shaft to smooth, add shine and increase manageability. I love that these serums are silicone free! I have a love/hate relationship with silicones in my hair care. On one hand, they can make hair look great for a day – on the other hand, the build up they produce makes my hair super limp and blah. Since I’ve gone silicone-free with my hair care, my hair has never been shinier, or softer which is weird since that’s what silicones do!

Remember those V05 Hot Oil treatments you used as a teen (or maybe still do)? This is essentially the same idea, but about 100x more natural and generally, way, way better for your hair! I use this oil before every shampoo and still can’t believe my eyes/hands/hair every time I get out of the shower! Not to mention, my boyfriend can’t stop touching my hair now since finding these Live Clean Oils and Live Clean 10-in-1 Treatment!

SUMMARY

Live Clean Miracle Nutrition Oil
$9.99 CAD
Available at: Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Well.ca
Overall Rating: A

This product was sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

August 20, 2014

New Softlips CUBES Review + Giveaway

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Softlips CUBE Berry Bliss

Hey everyone! If anyone has ever seen the inside of my purse, they know I’m a lip balm addict. At any given time I can have up to 8 lip balms floating around in my purse, because you know, why not? I have a few favourites, but I’m always on the hunt for the next best balm. The most recent addition to my purse collection is the new Softlips Cubes, especially the Vanilla scent! The classic Softlips (you know those skinny, sleek white tubes that you could carry with you anywhere?) was one of my first ever lip balm purchases which clearly, lead to an addiction of epic proportions – I guess you could call it my gateway balm! Now, Softlips is back with a new 5-in-1 CUBE that not only deeply hydrates like their original, but also replenishes, smooths, protects and adds a beautiful shine!

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Softlips Cube Lib Balm

Softlips CUBE’s come in two flavours, Vanilla Bean and Berry Bliss. Since I’m a sucker for all things Vanilla, that was the first one I opened and tested! These balms come housed in a sleek, glass-like cube that looks like a tiny block of ice. Once you remove the lid, the lip balm is domed, and large enough to cover your entire lips with a single swipe. It glides on smoothly, smells amazing and gives effortless, healthy looking shine. They include Shea butter and Vitamins A, C and E to deeply nourish and protect against future dryness, heaven knows I need that! These CUBE’s may be small, but they pack a big punch in terms of hydration and shine! Not to mention, they are a surefire conversation starter when you pull out what looks to be an ice cube and start applying it to your lips! Since using these, I’ve noticed my lips have become smoother, and less chapped. When I apply it at night, I wake up with supple, hydrated lips that are ready for any lipstick! May I also add that these little cubes contain 6.5g of product versus the original 2g? That’s some bang for your buck! These two little cubes are sure to last all the way through winter!

So – want to win your own? Here’s what Softlips Canada has so graciously offered to give to 1 Canadian Cosmetically Curious reader, valued at $50!

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Softlips Cubes Prize Pack

Softlips CUBES Prize Pack

This post features products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. This Giveaway is sponsored by Softlips Canada.

August 19, 2014

Ipsy August 2014 Bag – Back 2 School Beauty

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Ipsy August 2014 Bag

Hey everyone! So, my subscription beauty boxes are slowly dwindling back down in numbers, I now only subscribe to 3 – Ipsy, Vegan Cuts & Petit Vour. Unfortunately, one of my favourite boxes, Saffron Rouge Inner Circle, stopped their monthly subscription service in July, so that is one down. I had a glitch with my Beauty Box 5 subscription and I’m not sure I want to re-subscribe, so that’s another. I guess, all-in-all, I’m saving money, but I always look forward to little surprises on my door step once a month!

Today I have to share with you the Ipsy August 2014 Bag. Last month, I was thrilled with what I received from Ipsy! For only $10 there was some amazing products, including a full sized bronzer and my favourite Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm! This month is a bit more of a let down, I’m not really excited about any of it to be honest, but here’s what I got!

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Ipsy August 2014 Bag

Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo – Deluxe Sample – $3.98 USD for Full Size – First off, I gotta say I’m happy I got the blush duo instead of the eyeshadow quad! At least there’s some chance I’ll use this one. I quite like the nude-peach shade and will definitely give that one a try, the pink shade is laced with some intense glitter so that one will probably stay unused. The value of these two isn’t high based on the low price of a full-sized blush. I’m curious why they didn’t include the full size if it’s only $3.98?

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Ipsy August 2014 Bag

Lord & Berry Mini Kajal Kohl Liner in Black Silk – Sample Sized – $16.00 USD For Full Size – I love a black eyeliner. But I have bad luck with “Kajal’s” and “Kohl’s”. Essentially, this liner is made for the inner rim of the eye (which I never do) so it isn’t made to stand up to oils and all day wear on the eyelid. It is a rich, deep black and applies really easily and smoothly. I’ll give it a try on my lids but I’m expecting some definite smudging…

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Ipsy August 2014 Bag

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Sample Size – $23.00 USD for Full Size -  I have to say, it’s pretty impressive that they got a brand new mascara launch into this bag! I just recently bought the full size of this mascara last week and it wasn’t even out on the shelves yet. I’m already a big fan of Perversion but it’s awesome that everyone will get to try it because it’s definitely worth trying! I think the other option from Urban Decay was a Velvet Eyeliner – which I would have loved to try as well! Ipsy always manages to have at least on awesome product in each bag, which is why I stay subscribed!

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Ipsy August 2014 Bag

Absolute Lip Balm in Grape – Full Size – $5.99 for Two Full Size – I’m not sure what I can say about this other than it’s a big miss for me. I’m not sure who Ipsy is marketing to, but since you have to have a credit card to be subscribed, I don’t think many of us are still wearing glittery, grape lip balm on a daily basis. This will definitely be gifted away to a young relative and I’m sure she will love it but it’s definitely not for me!

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Ipsy August 2014 Bag

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer – Sample Size – $45.00 USD For Full Size – I’m excited about this one being in the August bag! I’ve always struggled with large pores and have wanted to try the Dr. Brandt Pores No More range for a while but have never gotten around to it. This is the primer from the line. Hopefully it will fill in some of my large pores around my nose and chin and provide the flawless canvas it claims!

Overall, this bag was mostly a miss for me. Although the Perversion Mascara and Pores No More Primer are products I love (or hopefully will soon love) the other’s are meh. The last two bags June & July, were amazing and I’ll definitely be staying subscribed regardless of this bag being dud. I have to also mention that the cosmetic’s bag is super cheap and plastic-y, not like their bags in the past! Hopefully the September bag will be better, fingers crossed!

SUMMARY

Ipsy August 2014 Bag
$10.00 USD/Month
Available at: Ipsy.com
Overall Rating of August Bag: C+

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