Sephora - Formula X "The System"


Hi all,
You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to get back into the swing of things after school. I have been done for about a month now, and I've had a lot of days off work, but it still feels like I've had no free time. So here I go trying to get back into the swing of things.

I purchased the Sephora Formula X "The System" back when Sephora was having their VIB sale and I've been testing it out over the past few weeks.  It comes with a cleanser, base coat, top coat and your choice of colour for $40 CAD, which for four products is a very reasonable cost, even if it seems like dropping $40 for nail polish all at once makes it seem like their really expensive.

I definitely recommend this bundle. I've been searching for a new favourite amazing base coat for months now and nothing seemed to be able to keep polish on my nails for more than 2 (maybe three days if I was lucky) before serious chipping. Using all of the products including a Sephora nail colour, my nails last 4-5 days without chipping, though sometimes a bit less if I've had multiple eight hour work days but even then it's minimal chipping on the tips that's very hard to notice.

The cleanser, base and top coat work equally well with the Essie polishes I've tried (such as go ginza), however I have found it to be less effective with china glaze polishes. That was really unfortunate as many of my favourite colors are from china glaze. I tested the cleanser with an Orly base coat and found it worked well and didn't chip for about three days of full-time work.

Overall if you were only to buy one of these products I'd recommend the cleanser, I think it's the product that really makes the difference, having similar results using a separate base and top coat with the cleanser. I believe it works on the same principle as OPI's chip skip, so if you already have that then you probably don't need this one as well.

Alright, well that's all I've got for now, sorry if this post was a bit wordy and such, getting back into things is much harder than I thought it would be.

-- Miranda

Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment


Hi all,
So I did this thing where I dissappeared for seven months because of University and working and to be honest it's be really hectic and when I have a free minute all I want to do is lie in a sort of vegetative sate and watch TV. But now I've had two days off in a row (pretty well unheard of for the past months) and I am able to actually get some thoughts down.

I just wanted o do a quick post about the Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment that I hauled waaaaaay back when

Yes, I've reused my pictures, thought I did such a nice job with them may as well ;P 
I finished exams last week and finals are always a super stressful time and even if I don't realize I'm stressed out, my skin does and it freaks. I breakout and then because my skin just can't make up its mind I get super dry dehydrated patches. I started really using my Glam Glow mask and actually paying attention to how well it worked when that occurred over the past couple week and so now I can actually tell you my thoughts on it.

It's great. You know when you get to the point with dry skin that it's painful to moisturize, I was at that point and I began using this mask a couple times a week over two weeks or so and it just sits there and soothes and rehydrates and makes everything feel much better. 

I would apply it after washing my face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then wipe the excess off with a kleenex and let the remainder soak in. It would leave my skin feeling a thousand times better then before and I could apply my makeup the next day without any patchy or flakiness. 

It is a very costly mask, but if you can suffer from extremely dehydrated skin I definitely think its worth it. There are few things worse than when you're trying to moisturize and nothing seems to make a difference so you can keep applying and applying moisturizer, maybe clog your pores and potentially break out. This didn't cause any breakouts or anything else it just rehydrated and soothed my skin and I would definitely recommend it. 

-- Miranda

Ipsy Bag - May 2014


Hi all,

Back in February I signed up for the Ipsy wait list and in May I got my first bag delivered (which was very exciting). For Ipsy if you live in the US you pay $10 every month for your subscription including shipping. However if you live in Canada you have to pay an additional $4.95 USD a month for shipping and other costs. The totally cost comes to $14.95/month USD but you also need to consider the exchange rate at the time.

Currently the Canadian dollar is doing pretty crap so the total cost came to $16.85 (the exchange rate was 1.12 at the time the transaction was processed). The main reason (other than just wanting fun samples) was to find out if the bag was worth it to get in Canada (turns out it is)

My first impression when I opened the package was that this bag design was adorable. I really liked it, it was a good one to start my subscription off with. 

So here's the breakdown (prices are approximate from sites that ship to Canada):
Avene Eau Thermale (50ml) : $4.66
Eva-NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask (60ml) - $1.96
Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria (3ml) - $4.80
Sans Tan Pure White Mineral Sunscreen (.5 oz) - $12.50
Pacifica Eyeshadow Duo (2.0 g - full size) - I couldn't find the price anywhere. I don't know where to find it but as its a full sized eyeshadow duo I'd say it could be anywhere between $8-$18

Total value of bag: $23.92 + the pacifica eyeshadow

So the bag was definitely worth more than I paid and I am happy enough with what I got, however about half the bag's value (not including the eyeshadow because I don't know how much it's worth) came from the sunscreen which is okay but I'd rather have gotten something more exciting.

Reviews of the products will come as I use them, I can say I probably won't be using the hair mask because the scent isn't something I am a fan of (its sort of sweet cupcake kind of scent but with something weird about it) but my roommate is using it so she can give me her take on it.

-- Miranda

Macadamia NoTangle Brush


Hi all,
Sorry I've been MIA for a while I have just moved and had to get everything through the mountains to a new city and paint my room and get everything set up (which I hope to make a post on once its all organized) and it has been quite a process.

Today I have a post about a hairbrush which might seem a bit random but I felt it was necessary because I refuse to use any other hairbrush. I've tried a bunch of other because the No Tangle brush by Macadamia is annoying to get your hands on in Canada but every time I go back to it.

I really wanted to include this comparison picture just so you can see how loved my old brush (left) was. I used it for 3+ years and it got a little bedraggled so I was excited to get my hands on some new ones.

I really like the shape of the overall brush it makes it easy and comfortable to hold and fit in your hand really nicely. 

You can see above there are alternating rows of short and long bristles. The main thing I love about this brush is that it doesn't hurt my head.  I know there are a lot of detangling brushes out there now but I still find (at least with all the ones I've tried) that the bristles are too stiff and hurt my head when I use them (it's possible I just have an overly sensitive head) but this brush doesn't do that the flexible bristles detangle without a lot of pulling and without feeling like in raking into the top of my head.

My original no tangle brush I got in a hair salon along with a bunch of other macadamia products but I haven't been able to find on in stores since then. If you live in the United States then you can get them online from macadamia hair (here), unfortunately at the time of me writing this post they do not deliver to Canada so I purchased my from amazon for $5 each (with an outrageous shipping fee). The price did make me a little wary as to if they might be fake or not, but it's working the same as my old one and doesn't hurt my head so either way I'm good with it.

-- Miranda