Friday, December 2, 2016

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion Review

For the past few weeks, CeraVe's PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion has been my go-to night moisturizer. Based on this Beautypedia review, I had really high hopes for this product. Unfortunately, it didn't quite deliver.

This "lightweight formula" uses ceramides and hyaluronic acid " moisturize and help replenish the skin's natural protective barrier." According to CeraVa, it contains a special "technology" that results in "controlled release for 24 hour hydration." It also contains niacinamide to control redness.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dr. Roebuck's Pure Review

There are certain beauty myths that are so engrained in our society that even I have to take a moment and remember that they aren't accurate. One of those myths is that using a thick, heavy moisturizer on your face will lead to breakouts and clogged pores. When I first squeezed a bit of Dr. Roebuck's Pure out of its tube I was shocked by how rich it felt and I immediately reread the print on my sample tube to make sure that this wasn't a product that was aimed at say, dry elbows.

That print described this item as, "A hypoallergenic rich ultra-moisturizing day and night cream." Okay, there was no mention of "face" on the tube but I've never heard of a day and night body cream so on my face this product went. Despite knowing that heavy moisturizers don't always cause breakouts, I was still a bit worried that Pure might do bad things to my skin.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

My Walmart Photos Unlimited/On-Location Photography Experience

And with good reason!
A few weeks ago we needed to get Baby's passport photo. Based on a recommendation, we headed over to the Photos Unlimited shop located inside the Dufferin Mall Walmart.

While we weren't able to walk right in, after about a 10-12 minute wait, they were able to see us. The woman we dealt with explained how Baby needed to be posed and how we could help. Since Baby can sit up on her own, we plopped her down and hoped for the best. And to my surprise, the photographer got the photo on her first try.

So that turned out to be a very quick and easy experience and because of that, I completely recommend the the Photos Unlimited located found inside the Dufferin Mall Walmart. The only downside to the whole process was the price: $30.

Monday, November 21, 2016

This Weekend's Shoppers Drug Mart Bonus Redemption Event

***Update: The rumours listed below are true! This year's November bonus redemption event will give those who redeem at the top two points levels extra Optimum points in lieu of extra spending cash. These points will be added to their accounts on December 12. More details, including the flyer, can be found here.***

The last weekend in November is a big deal if you collect Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points. That's because that weekend is when Shoppers historically hosts a bonus redemption event that see collectors rewarded with higher-than-standard cash amounts. In 2013 and 2014, redeeming 95,000 points (the highest level) got one $210 instead of the usual $170 worth of stuff while redeeming the next highest level, 50,000 points, got one $105 worth of stuff instead of $85. The "bonus" amount was lowered a bit last year, 95,000 level was dropped to $200 while 50,000 points dropped to $95, but still it was a great event that let collectors stock up on Christmas gifts.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Hair Masque Review

My hair is normally fairly shiny and manageable (though it does suffer from split-ends) and I like to that those qualities are purely genetic. But then I use a product like Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Hair Masque and I'm reminded that actually, the right products play a big role in giving me great hair.

Unfortunately, this mask is not one of those products. According to Harvey Prince, this " smoothing therapy" "...moisturizes and softens your hair, bringing out its natural brilliance from root to tip." It's made with "...the best organic argan, coconut and sweet almond oils" and "blended with Shea Butter, Papaya, Lemon and Mandarin extracts" and is sulfate and paraben free.