Thursday, September 15, 2016

Katy Kat Collection



I got the chance to try Katy Kat Eye (blue), and Katy Kat Matte (Sphynx).

Perry Blue Mascara - My first impression wasn't great. When I pulled it out of the tube there were chunks of medium blue on the brush, instead of the smooth formulas I'm use to seeing with other Covergirl mascaras, and the brush was basic, making application difficult.
After applying the mascara, I didn't notice the blue very well, it looked dark blackish-blue, with a few clumps on my lashes that made them stick together looking unappealing. My impression changed after a couple hours, and catching a glimpse of how the sunlight made my lashes pop royal blue (or as a friend of a friend said, "blueish-purple"). The few globbs shrunk and I felt much better about wearing the Katy Kat mascara.
Sunlight is this mascara's best friend (if there aren't clumps galore), but don't expect long, dramatic lashes. The great quality of the mascara is it's long-lasting. I wore it for 9 hours, and the colour stayed strong, and flake free, even after 1 hour of blistering heat.
3/5 stars

It's not 10x longer, The Covergirl commercial admits in fine print that Katy Perry is wearing lash inserts with her mascara.

Sphynx Lip Matte - I loved the colour, and it had a pleasant smell. It glided on, leaving my lips looking a neutral shade, with a slight shine that looks and feels creamy, and not lip gloss sticky. It remained light on my lips and didn't cake, but after 2 hours of wear, it all came off after eating and drinking.
It's not a lip stick that will conceal picked skin, but it will moisten dried lips; keep that in mind if you're going out but need to cover your picked lips (we all do it).
B&A (poor camera quality)
I love the shade but because it needs to be reapplied, I give it a 4.5/5.
*Received free from Bzzagent

Friday, August 5, 2016

Piercing + BodyJewellery

Intro - I don't live near any piercing shops and the friend that took me to get my inner conch and upper cartilage done, couldn't drive anymore so after a 6 weeks of my new piercings healing and getting irritated, I was told I would need to switch out the jewelry. My jewelry hung from my ear causing irritation.
Original Jewelry
But ... I didn't have a shop for that here.
Google (yay!) lead me to  bodyjewelleryshop.com  . I didn't see many reviews, but it said it shipped internationally free when you spend over $15, and they had good quality titanium jewelry. Size was a guessing game since my piercer didn't know what to downgrade to, so I bought a 5mm and 6mm in 14gauge.

 The Swap - My piercer was wrong, after 6 weeks of healing my piercing wasn't ready to be changed. I set my alcohol, cotton balls, and new jewelry beside me, ready to change it as fast and gentle as I could.
Ball got stuck...
My piercer's jewelry was too big for me to hold onto and unscrew. The ball took up too much ear room for me to grab and turn (lefty loosey). I panicked, it hurt, but after 20 minutes I got it off. I pulled out the labret bar, cleaned my ear with an alcohol soaked pad, and put in the 5mm bar.
Too short...
It was painful to push the new labret through because half way it felt like it closed. I pushed (it bled), it went through, but it was too short. I panicked, took out the 5mm bar and put in the 6mm (with the same issue of blockage needing an extra push and blood), and ...
It was swollen!...
I was stressed, super panicked, verge of tears, afraid I ruined my ear and didn't know what to do because I went through to much to give up. It swelled around the front of the bar so I iced it on and off for about an hour until the swelling was down enough to screw on my new 4mm ball . The tiny size made it hard but once I lined the bar up with the ball it was the easiest part of my night, and went on smooth. I wanted to cry tears of joy, but I iced it two more times before bed instead.
Helix BodyJewellery labret

After - It's only been a few days, but my ear is settled and hasn't had *knock on wood* any incidents or flair-ups. The back of the new labret is thicker and smooth, so it doesn't cut into my skin like my piercer's jewelry did. Without the previous long bar flossing my ear hole, my piercing isn't sore or irritated and the bar is short enough that I get less hair caught around the back.
If all heals well, I plan to purchase my jewelry from BodyJewelleryShop. I do not want to change my conch for a few more months -- I really don't want to relive that horrible day again. But when I do, I will be relieved to have a smaller ball that's easier to handle, and shorter, better, jewelry that won't cut into my skin. I love the ball, it sparkles, and makes my conch jewelry seem so dull and clunky.

BodyJewelleryShop -
There's an amazing forum on the site if you are like me and can't get to a good piercer, and need to ask questions on your piercing. You can read the bump post in healing/aftercare and see the list of common bump issues that may arise with your new piercing.

Online shops don't allow you to see how small or big something truly is (touch), so make sure you ask your piercer and get the right size, consider swelling, and choose the right material (titanium without hidden nickle). I recommend the one I purchased 14g labret stud  or 16g labret stud and if you want a different stud there is a nice selection to choose from. Make sure to select the length of the bar before clicking add to basket.
If you purchase a separate ball make sure to select gauge size and ball size (0.16" = 4mm;  1/5" = 5mm; 1/4" = 6mm). The ball size shows up in mm when you go to basket.
I love their variety of cluster balls! The one I have is super shiny, smooth, sparkles even without light, and doesn't irritate my skin.
The online shop also has a healing aftercare selection that would be wise to buy from (I'm eyeing the anti-bacterial solution, but I would like to know the ingredients).
*Edit: The Anti-bacterial solution is for UK only.

It took a little over a week to arrive in Canada (good since I needed the extra week of healing time).
The jewelry came in a little zip lock, inside a small padded envelope.
I soaked my jewelry in alcohol for a few hours (my preference, do what you wish) before using them.

Ask their customer service if you have a question about size, etc, they respond quick.
If you have an issue make sure to contact them directly before sending it back (to get approved), and make sure it is unused! Don't even touch it. If a ball is too small or too big, just leave it in the package and follow the instructions to send it back and get the right size.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

HYDRAFORCE Creme


I tested Lise Watier's Hydraforce creme for two weeks on my hands, and on my face.

The creme came with a cute tiny device with angel wings to plug into my device (I chose ipod).

Before applying the creme I checked my moisture level in their Hydra-detect app. I chose the cheek option and pressed the wings to my right cheek receiving 32%. I checked my hand next and it came at 26%.
After applying the creme for a week I checked my cheek moisture level and  it came at 37.4%.
My hand moisture level on the right came at  31.5% , and the left at  31.1% .
Not sure how accurate the app is because it constantly changes. And once I clicked T-Zone (accident) and used the device on my hand and got 37%. However when I went to the correct tab and re-tested it went to 27%. And when I re-re-tested it went to 31.1%. So take the app results lightly, and don't worry too much if it says your moisture level is low.


Hands: I wash my hands a lot, so they end up dry and red even before winter. Having eczema on my hands is no help, and I was worried this creme would aggravate it. After using the creme every morning and night for the past two weeks, I am starting to see little eczema bumps form. Eczema is tricky, it can flare from washing too much/lack of moisture, or fragrance, or diet. This creme has a light fragrance to it, so if you have a skin condition like me, it would be best to avoid this creme.

However if you do not, then lucky you! This made my painful, chapped hands, super soft and smooth, you can't tell I had any problems (especially on my palms by my thumbs). I love this creme for my hands, but I will have to give it up because of my eczema starting to flare. I will use this creme again when my hands get chapped, to finish it off, but I will not buy it in the future.

Face: I only did patch tests for a week using the creme since my face is sensitive to products and there wasn't a list of ingredients in the package.
My face felt dewy and super soft ... until I broke out. My forehead developed a clutter of tiny pimples, while my cheek had bigger spacious acne. So my advice is do a patch test if you have acne prone skin. I wish I could've continued using this lovely moisturizer on my face, but I expected it to happen because of the light fragrance.
If you don't have acne prone skin or a sensitivity to fragrance, then this will help combat your dry skin during winter.

Overall:  If it didn't cause me to break out, this would be my new face moisturizer. And if it didn't cause the eczema on my hands to flare, this would be the best hand moisturizer for me to have. It never caused any other unsightly effects (no rashes -other than the beginning of my flare up; and no redness or puffiness), and it's hydration was a 5/5, but it isn't for me.

Ingredients: (Copied from Lise Watier website)

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Leaf Cell Extract, Squalane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Peg-8, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol.
 The skin experts at Lise Watier discovered that extracts from this algae (also known as Laminaria saccharina) help reinforce the skin’s protective barrier and prevent water loss.

*I received this item free from The Glam Sense Review Team & Topbox.ca
 #Getinthebubble with Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme.