Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review | Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo

The Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo was featured in my most recent drugstore haul, in which I made a big claim. I may like this slightly more than my beloved Batiste.


"Refreshes between washes. Absorbs oil between traditional washes so hair looks and feels refreshed. Weightless formula cleans to transform lifeless hair, so you can enjoy fresh, volumized hair, even when you skip your regular wash."

Product Overview

The packaging is sleek and classy. Quite a lot bigger than the Batiste, but still not bulky.

The scent is clean and fresh, much like other Dove products I have used in the past. It does linger all day in your hair. Because it is a nice scent I don't mind too much, but it does sometimes compete with my perfume which I'm not a fan of.

The formula of this dry shampoo is very light-weight. I am still able to run my fingers through my hair, it doesn't leave a powdery residue once you've rubbed it in, and brushed it out.

Priced at around $5, it is much less expensive than Batiste.

This refreshes my hair between washes just as much as Batiste, both are amazing products. I would say I like this one the tiniest bit more because of the lightweight formula and the price. However, the scent of Batiste doesn't compete with my perfume as much. So it is completely up to personal preference. I will continue to repurchase both products.

Hope this review was helpful. Have you tried this dry shampoo? What are your thoughts on it?

Emily ♥

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ipsy November 2015 Unboxing

This months theme is Beauty Blast; The Stars Are Aligning.

I personally am not a fan of the bag again this month. But, Maxwell was super excited when he saw it because it's outer space. So I'm sure it will be used in some form.

Luxie Eye Shadow Pan in 290 - This is not very pigmented, doesn't swatch well, and is very hard in the pan. It is a matte aubergine color. I wish this wasn't just the pan as well. Personally, my Z palettes are full, and am not going to buy another.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara - I haven't heard too much about this mascara. I'm not going to open it yet because I have so many to go through. But, I will try this at some point and update you if you want. The bristle brush, looks exactly like the wands I prefer.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Liquid Gossamer - This liquid highlighter is a deep copper-y shade. This would only work on deeper skin tones. It is beautiful, but I will have to pass it on to a friend. It seems super long wearing as well, once it drier on my hand, it will not budge.

Coolway Strong Hold Spray - The volumizing spray/ hairspray will be great for travel. It also actually smells nice!

Slmissglam Blush Brush - This brush is so cute. However, it is a weird size; a bit too small for a blush brush, in my opinion. I will try to find a use for it, or pass it on as well.

I'm back to being a bit meh about Ipsy. If next month isn't better, I will be cancelling my subscription.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?

Emily ♥

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sephora VIB Sale Haul | November 2015

I was beyond excited to finally be eligible for the VIB sale at Sephora, as this was my first year as a VIB. I set myself a limit of 5 items, so I wanted to ensure they were all products I have been wanting for ages, and that were highly rated in the beauty community.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser - I have used up a couple cleansers and was in need of something new to try. This claims to remove all makeup and deep clean pores, which is definitely what I need. I like a cleanser that is gentle, yet still cleans my skin well. I will update in my next Skincare Overhaul post.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - I've had a sample of this foundation for awhile now and have been loving it! I knew I wanted to get the full-size anyway, so I waited (very impatiently) for the VIB sale. Also the sample I have is in my summer shade, which is too dark now. I loved the formula so much I continued to use it mixed in with a lighter foundation to up the coverage.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - I've wanted this the moment it launched. As time went on, and people continued to rave about it , I've wanted it more and more. I was forcing myself to wait until I've gone through the ones I am currently using. However, the sale came and well, I caved and bought it :).

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - In my last empties post, I included the Stila Stay All Day liner, which I did like, but I wanted to try a new high-end liner because I tend to reach for drugstore ones more. My next obvious choice was this Kat Von D one, and am excited to try this out.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette - This is the purchase I am most excited for! This is my first high-end eye shadow palette. I found it hard to decide between the original or the semi-sweet, but after watching Kathleen Lights Makeup Stash video on palettes, I picked the original one because it's her all time favourite. It smells of chocolate, the shades are beautiful, and it looks so versatile. I cannot wait to start playing with this!

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Set - Lastly, I got a 500pt perk. Casey Holmes raves about the Caviar shampoo and conditioner. Although this says it's for dry hair, I'm hoping it will work for me, with my color-treated hair, and sensitive scalp. The sample sizes are pretty generous as well, so you're able to get a good feel for the product.

What did you pick up in the sale?

Emily ♥

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Top 5 Autumn/Winter Lipsticks | 2015


Today I wanted to talk to you about my top five lipsticks for autumn/winter this year. I had a bit of a hard time coming up with these five, because many were too similar, or were not available anymore, and I wanted to share ones you could still pick up if you wanted.

I've chosen 3 standard lipsticks, and 2 liquid lipsticks. The four starting on the left are matte, and the last one on the right is and cream formula. The matte lip trend has definitely continued into fall, and I much prefer the matte formula on darker tones because they are more long-lasting, and I'm not worried about them smearing across my face throughout the day, and I don't have to reapply as often.

L-R: Rimmel 107, Ofra Miami Fever, Maybelline Touch of Spice, Too Faced Melted Fig, Revlon Black Cherry

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 107 - This shade is the perfect deep red, cool tone, blue based, with a purple twist. This lipstick has been made popular by Zoe Sugg, and it truly is a beautiful colour.

Ofra x Kathleen Lights in Miami Fever - This screams autumn to me. It's a unique burnt orange shade, that I've never seen in a lipstick before. I get so many compliments when I wear this. As you all know by now, Kathleen is one of my favourite YouTubers and I love supporting her by buying her colaborations. This is limited edition, so if you want it, go now! It's already been sold out before but because it was so popular, they brought it back one more time.

Maybelline Matte in 660 Touch of Spice - This dark mauve is so wearable! The Maybelline Matte lipsticks are my favourite drugstore matte formulation. If I'm not going for a nude, this shade is my go-to for everyday.

Too Faced Melted in Melted Fig - On the Sephora website it is described as a rosy orchid, which is spot on. It's a unique twist on a purple lipstick that makes it more wearable. The applicator on these melted lipsticks are great too which is important with such a bold colour.

Revlon Super Lustrous in 477 Black Cherry -  This deep, blacken cherry shade makes a statement. This is the only crème shade I've included in my top five, but this is still incredibly long wearing. As you can see in the swatch above, it is not nearly as dark as it appears in the bullet. It also makes your teeth look super white!

Which lipsticks are in your top 5 for autumn/winter? Are there any I should pick up?

Emily ♥ 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Review | Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner

The Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner was featured in my most recent skincare overhaul post. I mentioned in that post that I wanted to post a full review, and after using it for almost two months, I have a good feel for what this product does.


"Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion is proven to provide 24 hours of moisture and significant protection from environmental stressors while evening skin tone and refining skin texture. The radiance-boosting formula also softens the skin which allows ingredients to penetrate more deeply, enhancing the efficacy of your complete skincare ritual."

Beneficial Ingredients

Black tea, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract inhibits damaging free radicals and improves skin elasticity. Polysaccharides help to smooth the skin. Japanese mandarin extract boosts radiance and evens skin tone. Hyaluronic acid attracts and seals in moisture. Rosewater is soothing and balancing. Finally, vitamins E and C for added protection.

Product Overview

This toner is housed in a heavy, glass bottle. Not ideal for travel but adds a touch of luxury.

In other reviews I've read, people have found the scent too overwhelming, so keep that in mind. But, I actually really enjoy the scent of black tea. It doesn't linger, but it is quite potent upon application.

I use this on alternating nights with the Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion, in my night skincare routine. Applied after cleanser, before the Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic. I apply it with my finger tips as opposed to a cotton round because I would rather it be absorbed into my skin, not the cotton round.

There has been a noticeable difference in my skin since using this product. I agree with all the claims, except I can't really tell if the product is doing a good job protecting against environmental stressors. But, my skin is more radiant, moisturized, and the texture and skin tone have improved.

In my opinion, this product is definitely worth the $56 price tag.

I hope this review was helpful. Have you tried this toner?

Emily ♥

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Empties | Products I've Used Up | 4

After stating in my last empties post, that I'd be doing them monthly... I skipped last month. Oops. In my defense, I only finished around 3 products, so I didn't feel it would be worth sharing. Over the last two months I  have finished 7 beauty products.


LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla - After seeing this product featured in one of Kathleen Lights favourites videos,  I had remembered I received a sample in my Ipsy bag. This smells like a grown up version of a sweet vanilla scent, so yummy. It was  incredibly hydrating and is made with all natural ingredients. I would definitely repurchase.

LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla - I think I got this sample size in a Sephora Favourites set last year. I was trying to use products that were better for my skin, but a natural deodorant just doesn't quite do the trick. The scent was not the same as the body butter either. All the oils in the product seeped out, getting all over my dresser, and left the product inside dry and crumbly, but I used it all anyway. This was only effective on days you had not much to do, a lay around the house day. I wouldn't recommend this.

Secret Destinations Collection Deodorant in Hawaii Citrus Breeze - I'm only including this as a comparison to the LaVanila one. This smells lovely, and worked great. However, is says it is invisible, but it would get on my clothes if I put deodorant on before getting dressed, or I changed outfits.

Hair, Makeup, Skincare 

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original - Another empties post, another Batiste. This was my holy grail dry shampoo, until a new love came into my life. Check out my recent drugstore haul to see the new kid in town. This dry shampoo is still amazing, and I have already repurchased.

Maybelline Shiny-Licious Lip Gloss in 60 Strawberry Tart - We went out for an unplanned dinner out one night last week, so I quickly threw on some makeup, and was digging through my lip glosses to rediscover this. However, we I dug it out, I noticed it was all separated and smelled a little weird. God knows how long I've had this floating around but it time for it to go. Also, by the looks of the Maybelline website, they don't even sell this anymore, yuck.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream - The moisturizer was fabulous for my skin last winter, but I made the mistake of continuing to use it through the spring, into the hotter months. I would not recommend people with oily skin use this, but it is a great product, and I would repurchase if I struggle with dry patches again this winter.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black - This felt tip pen has a very long thin point. I loved using this for nights out, because I knew it wouldn't budge. But, the tip started to fray a bit near the end, making the line not as sharp as I wanted, the formula was getting a bit streaky, so I think it expired. I would repurchase in the future, but not right now.

What products have you used up lately? Tweet me @emilynmax to tell me.

Emily ♥

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October Favourites

October was a very stressful month for me and I'm glad it's over. However, this month ended on a good note with Halloween. I'm not super into Halloween but I always enjoy getting Maxwell ready in his costume, and going trick-or-treating with him. You can see his costume on my Instagram (@emilynmax, links in the sidebar). I didn't dress up this year, but let me know in the comments what you went as if you dressed up.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo - This dry shampoo has quickly become a favourite. I find myself reaching for this over my Batiste almost every time. It is more lightweight than Batiste; I cannot feel it in my hair through the day, yet it refreshes my hair just as well. I also really love the scent, it's very fresh and clean, much like Dove soap.

Nail Tek Intensive Therapy - My nails have been peeling again this past month, as they were about a year ago. I rediscovered this nail treatment in my stash, which is formulated for soft, peeling nails. I apply this consistently for a week or two and my nails are strong, and not peeling anymore. This stuff is awesome!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate - This intensive exfoliating treatment is so effective at removing dead skin cells, and smoothing my skin. I can only use this once every few weeks because I have sensitive skin, and it is quite abrasive, but it works. It smells kind of like licorice maybe, not a fan of the scent. Your skin may starts to tingle and turn red using this product, but it goes away soon after rinsing it off. One other thing, this product is so expensive! The small bottle I have pictured about is $27!!

MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl - MAC lip pencils are not my favourite formula wise, as far as wooden lip pencils go I prefer Essence way more, and they're like $3. However, I have been using Whirl non-stop all month. It has just been the perfect shade to wear alone, to line my lips before going in with a dark vampy lipstick, or even just layering with other lip products. The dirty rose shade is just so flattering.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Perfume -  This perfume is my fall scent, I love it so much. As soon as the weather gets colder, I'm wearing this all the time. With notes of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla it is a musky and sexy fragrance. When I get through this roller ball, I will be purchasing the full-size!

What products have you been loving throughout the month of October?

Emily ♥

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