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Review: Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser

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Aside from loving the feeling of a fresh, makeup-free face, one of the reasons I remove my makeup at night is because my eyes and skin are extremely sensitive (blemishes, dry spots, and eye irritations are not uncommon).  As many of you already know, finding the perfect cleanser or remover can be far from an easy task…until now, that is.  Enter Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser: a product that is extremely gentle, but impressively effective at dissolving all traces of makeup and impurities (including waterproof mascara!).  The formula is infused with the Moringa seed and plant extracts, and is fragrance, alcohol, dye, and oil free.  It is also dermatologist, allergy, and ophthalmologist tested, making it well-suited to sensitive skin.

I was given the opportunity* to test this product out, and was excited to see it work its magic.  The instructions state to apply the product directly to dry skin with your fingers and gently massage.  To remove, simply wipe away with a cotton pad, or rinse clean with water.  I first tested this product out on a day where I had on a full face of makeup (including waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and a lip stain).  Truthfully, I was a little skeptical that a lotion, especially an oil free one, would effectively be able to break down the long-wearing makeup formulas I had on that day. So, I applied as per the instructions on the bottle, gently massaging the lotion and focusing extra attention to my eye area.  I was especially excited when the “sting” in my eyes I normally get with other eye-makeup removers never came! I washed the product off with warm water, looked in the mirror, and my makeup was completely gone.  Even better, the product left my face feeling like I had just applied moisturizer: soft, calm, clean, and refreshed.  I also tried using this product with a cotton pad, as per the second recommended method, and found it worked just as well (see the picture below, where I removed waterproof liner and a lip stain from my hand).

A lip stain and waterproof liner are easily removed.

A lip stain and waterproof liner are easily removed.

Because this lotion works to remove not only makeup, but also the various impurities that collect on your skin, you are able to use it morning and night.  Additionally, you’ll continue to see and feel the benefits of using this product over time as you continue to use it (I did!).  I’m excited to have found this product, and consider it a permanent addition to my beauty regime.  I’d definitely recommend trying this product out…your skin (and eyes) will thank you (and don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments below)!

*Product has been provided by Garnier Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Garnier Canada.

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Chic for Cheap: Dry Texture Spray

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I consider myself lucky to have hair that straightens fairly effortlessly, however once straightened, it tends to just fall flat.  I’d been looking for a product that would provide volume and texture without weighing my hair down or making it look greasy.  A few months ago, I purchased Bumble and bumble’s “Thickening Dryspun Finish” styling product.  According to the Sephora website, this product claims to create “instant fullness and texture to spin hair into an airy silhouette. Raw silk powders with light-holding polymers adhere instantly for a softly interlaced texture to make hair look weightless and effortlessly full—and keep it that way”.  To use this product, you simply spray it in your hair similar to a hairspray, and then tousle with your fingertips.  The truth is, I love this product (especially its scent), however what’s not so loveable, is that it hits your wallet hard at $37.00 for a 4oz bottle.

I was excited to see that Garnier Fructis Style has recently come out with a similar dry-touch finishing product, “De-Constructed Texture Tease”.  I tested it out, and let me tell you, the results are extremely similar.  It doesn’t have the musky scent that I love about the Bumble and bumble spray (however it does have a pleasant smell), but can we talk about how it is less than 1/5th of the price at just $6.99 per 3.8oz bottle?!

Both products use a similar technology, and I found they both lasted the same amount of time (you may need to touch-up your hair mid-day).  This product is not only great for the days you wear your hair down, but also for when you’re looking to create voluminous ponytails and updo’s. Tried either of these products? Let me know in the comments below!

L’Oreal Private Sale: My Experience

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As L’Oreal is one of my favLoreal ticketourite drugstore cosmetic lines, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to visit their annual Fall private sale (I was able to get tickets through my employer).  I have visited this sale in previous years, and it’s a great opportunity to stock up on all your favourites and essentials.  The sale wasn’t just for L’Oreal products, but also included brands such as Maybelline, Yves Saint Laurent, Biotherm, Diesel, Lancôme, Vichy, Essie, Garnier, and more.  There were some great deals to be had, but I did find that the prices have gone up a smidge since the last visit.  Getting in does require a ticket, however one pass gains entry for 2 people (so if you know someone with a ticket, you can be their guest!). Or, you can find them fairly easily on Kijiji.

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When I first arrived, the small parking lot was absolutely packed, and I was directed by security to park at a church down the road.  Luckily, there was a shuttle bus to take you to and from the sale (which ran every 5 minutes or so).  You walk through the door, your ticket is scanned, and you instantly are overwhelmed by row after row of products and goodies.  The first aisle was mostly shampoos, conditioners and hair products, followed by aisles full of nail polishes, and cosmetics (mostly foundations, blushes, eye shadows, lipsticks, and liners).  The following rows also had various gift packages (the kind you get with your purchase at department stores, or the value sets you see during the holidays).  I’ll be sure to list some of my best deals down below.  In the meantime, here are some pictures of the venue.

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My Haul, and Some of the Best Deals:

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I definitely got some great deals at sale, but as you can see from the picture above, I was also pretty strong.  My cart before I got to the checkout was topped full with face creams, eye shadows and gift sets, but one really important thing to remember at sale like this, is that you don’t need everything.  It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the deals and hype, that you end up spending more than you planned, and go home with things that just sit in your closet until they expire.  One feature at the sale that proved to be really helpful was a lineup of tables near the checkout that let you sort through all the things you had thrown in your cart along the way.  You leave all the items you aren’t purchasing on the table, and then one of the staff collects it and puts it all back for you.  I found myself grabbing products I already owned (to have for when they ran out), or products that were a great deal (just because they were a “great deal”).  It helped to have a place near the check out to slow down, think each product through, and determine if I really needed it, or if I was just impulse purchasing.  Here are some of the goodies I’m most excited about:loreal 6

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray– $4.00 (Regularly $15.00)

L’Oreal True Match Foundation-$6.50 (Regularly $18.00)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick-$2.50 (Regularly $11.00)

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow– $4.50 (Regularly $11.00)

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo-$3.75 (Regularly $9.00)

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara– $4.75 (Regularly $13.00)

Lancôme Color Design All-In-One 5 Shadow and Liner Palette- $14.75 (Regularly $54.00)

In total, I spent about 2 hours and less than one hundred dollars at the sale, and walked away with well over a $200.00 value in products (FYI: the max you are allowed to spend in one visit is $600.00).  It was a positive experience, and I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to go to take advantage of it.  Just be prepared to wait in a few lineups along the way (some products are stored behind counters so you need to ask for what you want), and an even bigger lineup at the checkout (though they do have many cash registers so it moves fairly quickly).  Stay strong, buy only what you need, and have fun!

“Buy Less, Choose Well.” ~Vivienne Westwood