Farleyco made a girl very happy recently; they graciously sent this craving makeup junkie the best gift ever: new beauty goodies to try!!! Honestly, it like giving someone on a diet a big Chocolate Easter Bunny… Not only did I receive a perfume, new sponges, brushes, nail & cuticle finger masks but, I also got something for BeardMan. Brace yourself, the boyfriend gets to make in own review in this post (that’s a first)!!!
Enough chit-chat, let’s get to the fun stuff…
7th Heaven Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Masques 🐰
“Wave goodbye to distressed, damaged nails with our finger nail strengthening masks. With nourishing Argan and Macadamia oils and anti-oxidant rich Pomegranate. These little wonders will help revitalise and condition your nails.” (From the website)
I must confess, I treat my hands so poorly, no wonder my nails are brittle, dry and cracked all over (it hurts so bad)! I was very excited to try my first product from 7th Heaven and treat my nails and cuticles with these masques. They needed all the help they could get…
After just one treatment, I felt my nails were so hydrated, they were longing for more. I’ll have to buy some more; I’m very intrigued and I want to see the results after using it weekly for at least a month… An update should come soon!
Availability: At Farleyco ($4.99Cnd) and Rexall PharmaPlus
So…? Sinful (eau de toilette) 🐰
Top Notes: Mint and Pineapple
Heart Notes: Violet and Strawberry
Base Notes: Vanilla, Praline and Musk
This eau de toilette smells powdery on me, but in a sweet way and the aroma is very lovely. Daytime appropriate, it’s strong at first but after 15 minutes, it gets super mild and yummy!
Note: I must be allergic to an ingredient since it makes me cough and sneeze if I put it directly around my neck area. The solution was to apply it lower, on my chest area under my clothes, and voilà.
So…? perfumes, are really affordable compared to big name brands and frankly, this one smells just as good as some of my $100+ purchases. I was pleasantly surprised and Sinful has become one of my go-to fragrances. I’ve noticed that sometimes, with affordable fragrances, they don’t tend to last but this one does an honest job, lasting for at least few hours. Can’t beat the price: at my local Walmart, it’s $8.98Cnd 😳
Availability: At Walmart ($8.98Cnd)
Ecotools Perfecting Blender Duo 🐰
Well what do you know!!! These sponge-type blenders from Ecotools are actually so good that in my opinion, they give the real thing (i.e. Beauty Blenders) a run for their money. And at $15.99Cnd, they are a steal (nearly 50% less than the $28Cnd Beauty Blender price tag). To test their durability, I’ve washed them everyday for the past two weeks and after 14 straight washes, there are no signs of tearing (I will update you after 2 months)! I love the way it’s shaped; I find myself using the edges for blending and the square sides for my eyes, noses and to contour. I HIGHLY recommend them!
Availability: At Farleyco ($15.99Cnd)
Real Techniques by Sam and Nic – Eye Shade + Blend 🐰
HIP HIP, HOORAY!!! I can’t believe that Real Techniques finally heard us and made these wonder brushes part of a duo. Before, we needed to buy the RT Eye Starter Set if we wanted the Deluxe Crease brush and the Base Shadow Brush but honestly, the three other brushes included in this set were not favorites of mine; I used to have them, but unfortunately, those three just didn’t make the “Decluttering Cut”. On the other hand, I love these two brushes that I previously bought 3 sets just to get them. I’ve had the Base Shadow and Deluxe Crease brushes for more than three years now, have washed them weekly and they still look brand new! No shedding, WOW!
Base Shadow Brush
I use it everyday, mainly to apply eyeshadow onto my lower lashes. I’ve tried so many others but I always comeback to this one.
Deluxe Crease Brush
If you love cream shadows (read here my beloved MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots), you will be amazed at how easy it is to apply a cream shadow with the Deluxe Crease Brush.
Note: From my picture, if you are wondering why is there some badly applied nail polish on the handle well, it just to differentiate them: one is for MAC Soft Ochre, the other one for Painterly and the last one for Camel Coat 😛! Told you I was obsessed!
If you still haven’t try Real Techniques brushes, you should but go for their regular line instead of the Bold Metal Collection. They are more affordable, Cruelty-free and seriously, some are as good as high-end counterparts. Total LOVE!
Availability: At Farleyco ($15.99Cnd) , Walmart and Rexall
Johnny’s Chop Shop Beard Oil
OK, first of all, first time user of a Beard Oil, but mostly, first time blogger (so don’t expect too much)! When Ingrid told me to try this, I was sceptic: Oil in my beard, WTF! But honestly, it’s really soothing. I don’t wear my beard too long; it’s more a David Beckam beard than a Grizzly Adams look, but still, it felt really nice! I usually wait a few days to trim my beard and after a week or so without cutting it, my skin itches like crazy but, with this oil, I have to admit that it felt really different. Plus, it smells nice without being overwhelming. If I wanted to grow my beard like you see everywhere now, with this oil it would be possible, but with my height, if it grows longer, I’ll look like a dwarf in “Lord of the Rings”. I also used it to shave my neck area instead of my usual shaving cream. I guessed it worked OK but I feel that hairs stick much more to the blade with the oil…
*Their website is SOOOOO freaking cute, go and have a look*
Availability: At London Drugs
Note: Ingrid rewrote everything! What can I say, she is the Artist in the family…