Monday, November 20, 2017

My November 2017 Topbox

This month's Topbox had only four items in it but despite that small number of products, I think this box is the best one I've received all year. Each item is one that is both new to me and something that I want. And even better, three of the products are things that I need and almost bought. Here's what I received this month:
  • Laritzy Cosmetics Silicone Makeup Blender (full size)
  • Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression Mascara (2.5ml)
  • Joico Blonde Life Brightening Veil UV & Thermal Defense Multitasker (50 ml)
  • MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream (6ml)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Katrine Marso Night Cream Review

Last month I had a long overdue facial. At the end of it, the aesthetician gave me a sample tube of a product I'd heard of: Katrine Marso Night Cream. She said that it was just what I needed to rid my forehead of a few small patches of milia.

It turns out that this product is Canadian and made by a company, "that combined methodical facial care and technical efficiency in order to provide highly effective treatments at the forefront of cosmetology."  The star of its night cream is five per cent non-neutralized glycolic acid, which is supposed to, "stimulate cellular renewal, therefore allowing better oxygenation of tissues for brighter and radiant complexion."

A type of AHA, glycolic acid is frequently found in anti-aging and anti-acne products because of its ability to break down the old, top level skin, revealing the smoother, brighter tissue found underneath. Well, that's the theory. A lot of AHA-containing products simply don't have enough of that key ingredient and/or aren't packaged properly, to actually achieve visible results.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Review

A couple months ago I made an unfortunate discovery: I was all out of my favourite fast-drying top coat, Avon's Quick Dry Nail Enamel Spray. And since it's an Avon product, it's not exactly something I can run out to Shoppers' for. Thankfully I remembered that several Topboxes ago, I received a sample of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. It was time to test this product out.

Since then I've used Seche Vite a few times and I can understand why it's such a hyped product. Seche, the company behind this item describes it as a, "Specially formulated fast drying top coat delivers the plumping effect of a gel in a glossy, high shine nish without the use of a UV/LED light!" I have no idea what a "nish" (no, that's not a typo on my end) but it sounds like Seche Vite is suppose to make regular nail polish look like a gel polish while speeding up drying time.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow Review

Mudcake's official product photo
I received this loose eyeshadow oh, I don't know, maybe a year ago, in one of my Topboxes. Usually I test out makeup items like eyeshadows shortly after I receive them but this item was different. Marsk offers its "100% natural, mineral based" eyeshadow in 10 shades that pretty much cover the rainbow and then some. The colour I was sent is called Mudcake and if you look at its product page, it looks like an unimpressive brown shade. This photo is really underselling how this colour looks on.

Marsk describes Mudcake as being a "a sweet chocolate" but it's more of a reddish brown. It also has a green iridescent finish to it. It's unlike any colour I currently own and I cannot understand why Marsk doesn't play up how distinctive this shade is. All Marsk shadows can be used wet or dry and with Mudcake, using a wet brush definitely brought out the green shimmer effect.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My October 2017 Topbox

After being a bit disappointed by my September Topbox, I'm happy to say that my October box is a return to Topbox's usual form. While I didn't get a makeup item or a full-size one, I did receive six individual items that cover my hair, face and eyebrows. Here's what I was sent this month:
  • Redken Two Day Extender Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo (34g)
  • Wella Perfect Me Lightweight Beauty Balm Lotion (6ml)
  • Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Face Toner (30ml)
  • Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder (foil sample)
  • The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask (5ml)
  • The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask (5ml)