March 04, 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara #review

Benefit Roller Lash mascara
Benefit Roller Lash mascara
If you haven’t heard yet, Benefit just released their Roller Lash Mascara this week here in Canada ($29 CDN).

Since I was lucky enough to get one in my February Topbox and even though I have so many mascaras sitting in my mascara cue (my fancy name for a little green bin), I thought I would do a little review of Benefit’s new Roller Lash mascara for y’all.
Benefit Roller Lash mascara

The Roller Lash is touted as a super-curling & lifting mascara. The Hook ‘n’ Roll brush is supposed to grab, separate, lift and curl and hold for 12 hours!

The lid is reminiscent of an old school plastic hair curler. Cute. I have always loved Benefit’s vintage ads and retro kitschy packaging.

In the picture below, you will see I have tiny lashes so I need all the help I can get.  My naked lashes just droop and stick straight out. So on uncurled lashes, I applied 2 coats of the Roller Lash mascara (upper lashes only).  

Benefit Roller Lash mascara

As you can see the Roller Lash mascara took my stick straight lash and took it the roof! I was a little impressed I tell you. Plus the curl stayed pretty well into the day. I actually forgot to check how much curl there was left before I took my makeup off that night but I was happy with the results.

The Roller Lash mascara has a great formula -no lash curler needed here, which is good cuz sometimes I forget to curl my lashes. Yeah it happens.

I also really like that the long thin curved wand gets into the base of your lashes without leaving mascara on your lids. I didn’t notice any smudging or flaking. Plus it was easy to remove. A lot easier than Benefits’s they’re real mascara  (one of my Holy Grail mascaras).
Benefit Roller Lash mascara

The only real con I could say is that this mascara gave me mostly length (oh boohoo right?) but not a lot of volume. But ladies, Benefit has a tip to remedy for that;
For super curl AND length, apply roller lash first to curl & lift your lashes then layer they’re real! lengthening mascara on top. It’s sexy drama beyond belief! –
What type of mascara do you gravitate to; a lengthening mascara, volumizing mascara or one that keeps your curl in place? 

February 25, 2015

February 2015 Topbox | Benefit Prive

BenefitTopbox February 2015
Benefit Topbox February 2015
Oh my Lord I don’t know why I get so excited when I see the Benefit Prive Topboxes come out. I get them every time, even though I have already used most of the products at some point in my life. Benefit is just that good. Testify.

BenefitTopbox February 2015
Benefit Topbox February 2015
Let take a look-see at what I got:

BenefitTopbox February 2015
the POREfessional | It's Potent eyecream
the POREfessional
I love this primer and all I can say is if you haven’t tried the POREfessional yet ….What are you waiting for? Who doesn’t want flawless makeup? It really works well at keeping your makeup put during the long haul.

It’s Potent eye cream
I know I tried this before but I cannot for the life of me remember the outcome. Did I like it? Did it blow my face up? I know I like the night cream...but but.... Argh cosmetic roulette here I come!!!

BenefitTopbox February 2015
Puff Off!
This relatively new product that was just released this holiday season. Puff Off! is an instant eye gel that smooth puffiness from the eyes. Even though this sample does not come with the fancy iron applicator that is on the full sized product, I am sure there is enough product to prove it claims. If this works it could be a revolution for us older gals hmm ummm I mean us night owls...
BenefitTopbox February 2015

Roller Lash
This mascara was the main reason I got the Benefit prive box this month. I had to try the new Roller Lash mascara. I believe it is just being released today? Didn't I see that all over Facebook? 

I did whip it out this morning and I do like it. Maybe not as much as They’re Real mascara but Roller Lash does give me nice length if not volume. The brush is supposed to provide a curling effect to the lashes but I just liked that the bristles were tiny and really got on my lashes. It wore fantastically and it didn't need the jackhammer mascara remover that They're Real sometimes needs.

BenefitTopbox February 2015

This Yves Rocher lipstick was the extra for me this month. Last month my cheek and lips stain broke all over inside my Topbox. I didn't post it because everything was red or stained pink. This lipstick is a great winter colour but I haven't really worn it too much yet.
Topbox February 2015
Topbox February 2015
The prive boxes choices were sent out a couple days ago. The Benefit prive box is still available for March as well.  I decided to go with something familiar for March. Check out what it is next month.
If you aren't subscribed to Topbox yet you can head over to and get your box for $12/cdn a month.


January 24, 2015

Lip Exfoliation DIY | the lazy girl way

My name is Teresa and I suffer from a bad case of dry winter lips... {{hello Teresa}}. But I also suffer from laziness. Yes, I am too lazy to make my own organic DIY lip scrub and never seem to remember the importance of buying a lip exfoliator when I am in Sephora.
But I do have a easy method of lip exfoliation which has generally worked well for me the past 100 years or so.

This is what you are going to need;
  • a damp cotton face cloth
  • any thick lip balm or lip butter (sans peppermint oil and methanol)
  • brown sugar
lip exfoliation
these are my super dry lips {{{ick}}} 

Step 1: Gently rub your lips with the damp face cloth. This will pull up any dead skin.

lip exfoliation step 1
'it rubs the lotion on...'
Step 2: Apply the balm liberally. You want it kind of goopy. The brown sugar needs something to stick to.

lip exfoliation step 2
try not to eat the sugar
Step 3: Dab the brown sugar on your lips and gently rub for about 30 seconds.

Step 4: Wipe off with damp face cloth and then reapply lip balm or favorite lip butter to soothe your lips and to keep them hydrated.

lip exfoliation
Voila kissable lips!

Super easy right? Sometime I get even lazier and just rub my lips with a damp face cloth before I go to bed and apply balm.
How do you keep your lips ship shape in the winter?

January 14, 2015

Ipsy | December 2014

Ah Ipsy I wish thee well…

December 2014 Ipsy
December 2014 Ipsy
Ipsy was another subscription I cancelled. I might re-subscribe at a later date. Right now I don’t know.

For $17 something, I thought it was getting a little expensive for a monthly service. ($10 + $5 shipping converted to CDN). Ipsy is good for a mostly makeup subscription but it seemed like the same companies all the time. I have also had some great luck with Ipsy as well…the Urban Decay Perversion mascara was utterly freaking awesome and I truly enjoy Be a Bombshell cosmetics. So it is a bittersweet parting.

December 2014 Ipsy
I did like the little black makeup bag. It looks like a tiny version of a men’s travel bag. On a recent road trip, I stuffed my toothbrush, toothpaste, some floss picks, hair ties, comb and face lotion in there. Basically stuff that I couldn’t or wouldn’t put in my makeup bag.

I haven’t really played with December’s goodies yet so I can’t form any real opinions on the products yet. I am so dying to try these products but this damn endless cold will not let me. I refuse to put brand new makeup on this puffy scraggily face. Not until this cold has gone away! I did finally get antibiotics for a sinus infection. So hopefully this cold/infection/plague will be gone soon!!! 
December 2014 Ipsy
So I place these in my makeup cue to play with as soon as I know I won’t infect them.  I was quite surprised to see tarte in December’s bag. I really really want to try the tarte Lights Camera lashes mascara!! I have heard a lot of good things about that mascara. I did give my bestie the Precision Beauty lash curler as part of her Christmas present. She loves it. I have several lash curlers so I could spare this one. Although it being purple, that was a sacrifice for me yoh. Tugged on my makeup heart strings.
December 2014 Ipsy
December 2014 Ipsy 
Are there any beauty subscriptions you think are a must have for a beauty junkie? Which one is  your favorite that you could never let go of?


January 12, 2015

Luxe Box | Winter 2014

Hi again! This is a happy and sad post. Happy that I am finally getting to my Winter Luxe Box but sad  that I canceled my subscription. I am opting out for now. Right now I need to cut back on some expenses and luxuries are the first to go on my list. Damn I hate being responsible!! 
Luxe Box | Winter 2014
Even though I love a good surprise (really don't like shitty surprises; like people jumping out at me or hey guess what!?! we are eating sushi tonight etc..), I do like the fact that Luxe Box posts your products up on your account information.   I usually don't peak but that is only because I forget about this feature almost every time HAHA.
 The Contents;

This Luxe Box edition has a good mix of products - hair, cosmetics, skin care and tools, including two full sized products and  4 decent deluxe samples. Plus the Luxe Box packaging is always great. I reuse the boxes in my makeup table (perfect size) and to sort my polishes. 
Luxe Box Winter 2014
I have never tried Paula's Choice before and I am not sure how excited I am about these KP treatment clothes. It for those chicken bumps/acne patches people get on their skin.
The skyn ICELAND's Hydro cool Firming Face Gel is a great idea if you have smile line issues. Which I do not...yet. But I think I will try these to help hydrate the skin around my mouth. This cold (that will not die) has left me with quite a dry flaky triangle patch of skin from my nose to the bottom of mouth. 'Tis truly lovely.
Too bad the Butter London sample is kind of small. I really do not like these samples for lipsticks. Anyhow, I didn't even get try this as it fell off my desk and my Pepper chewed the snot out of it. I was just grateful she didn't chew through the lipstick foil or that would have been a catastrophic mess!
Luxe Box Winter 2014
I am still waiting to try the suki exfoliating foaming cleanser. Since I have had this cold for the past two weeks and my face is really raw. I am waiting for a week or so before using any type of exfoliant. The thought just makes me Ouch.
I also received the amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. I did receive this before in another sub service but I can't really remember what I thought about it then. I guess that is saying something now. I don't really use a lot of dry shampoo. My hair is on the sahara dry side so I can go 2-3 days of not washing no problem. 

Luxe Box Winter 2014

The Burt Bee's Lip Crayon in Niagara Overlook is a matte lip crayon. I haven't been able to really wear it too much as my lips are pretty scraggly at the moment (cold) and the matte formula of this lip pencil does not play well with scraggly unfortunately . 
The eyelash curler is not one of my favorites. The curler portion is way too curved.
I did like the Nicole by OPI nail polish in Profoundly Purple. It is a nice dark vampy colour great for winter. This polish was super tiny. But a I will get a couple use so what the hey.

Luxe Box Winter 2014
Burt Bees Lip Crayon - Niagara Overlook

As I mentioned earlier I discontinue my Luxe Box for the time being. At $29.12 (that's $26+taxes) it is one of the more expensive ones but it is only quarterly. 
I do plan on subbing again in the future - hopefully for the Summer edition. Right now I need to take a break from some of the beauty subs. See which ones I really miss and besides I gots way too many samples to get through right now. I think there is a few of us beauty junkies out there right now on Sample Overload. Am I right?


January 04, 2015

~Happy New Year ~ with a little December Topbox

Mes Amis!!! I really hope you had a wonderful holiday, that Santa was good to you and you had an awesome New Year's Eve!

I spent the holidays sleeping off a cold, Netflixing (that’s a verb now right?), worpretty (booo) and sleeping some more. New Years Eve for me ended with me in a Nyquil coma. Lovely! But other than that the holidays were pretty good. Santa left me Google Chromecast so I spent a few hours  watching my favorite Youtubers on the big screen. One observation: there's major contouring out there. Ha!
I am in love with my Chromecast right now.

As I get back into my blogging groove, I am going to start by posting my December beauty subs (before the January subs show up).
First up is my December Topbox. I opted for the regular Topbox option and the organza bag instead of the regular Topbox tube. There were so many great options to choose from but I kind of like being suprised.

December 2014 Topbox
December 2014 Topbox

CHS Curl Keeper Original  and Ultimate Hold Gel (2 deluxe samples)
I am really impressed with this curl enhancing frizz product. It takes my natural curls and gives them a little umph while controlling the frizzeees -no flakes, no crunchiness. Me likey this stuff.
I am on the hunt to find it locally but I am pretty sure I have to get it online BOOO I want more now!

December 2014 Topbox Curl Keeper

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Mudcake  (full size)
This is pretty shade and very pigmented. It has a duochrome to it – mostly seen as brown but in certain light it turns green. Or if you were to put it on a dark base it would appear mostly green. I definitely like it. I own a few variations of this shade in my makeup drawer. Would I spend $26.13 CDN (£14.49) on it? Probably not. 

December 2014 Topbox Marsk

Barefoot Venus Lilly Pilly Argan Dry Body Oil Spray  (deluxe sample)
This is sooo nice. I need a bucket of this please. It smells great and it moisturizes so well without any greasiness.

December 2014 Topbox Barefoot Venus

Kinetics Nail Polish in Up the Rocks (full size)
This polish is a dark blue. Its actually not a colour I have in my collection! I plan on using this for my mani this week. Maybe with a silver glitter gradient? Hmmmm?

December 2014 Topbox Kinetics

At first I wasn't too happy at seeing the Curl Keeper cardboard-y samples but it had a lot of product in them and it stood up on the counter so I was happy. Plus for me, it was an outstanding product. I am very happy with my December Topbox. Can't wait for January!

December 24, 2014

Holiday Wishes!

Hello my friends
It has been awhile hasn’t it?

I haven’t forgotten about, I just took some time away to recharge and heal. I went through another AS flare up and it took me awhile to bounce back. Then trying to get back into the swing of things was just overwhelming. It seemed the longer I was away, the harder it was to say something.
So my clever plan is to just step back into it and hope you don’t notice the long absence….

Maybe I shouldn’t reveal my plan?
Anyhooo, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas.  And that I miss you!

I will get back into the swing of things for the new year!
Cheers friends!