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The Body Shop — Blueberry Body Scrub (LE)

After being less than enamored of the last body scrub I tried from The Body Shop—Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub—I went out and bought two more since they were on sale. Typical me! (I also picked up the Love Your Body Rewards Card, which gives a 10% discount, so obviously I needed to spend more, hahaha…)

This time, I picked scrubs in two different formulas, though. The Vineyard Peach scrub came in a not-very-scrubtacular cream formula. The Chocomania scrub came in a greasy formula and the Blueberry scrub came in a clearer, jelly-like formula. Gotta say I didn’t especially love any of the three!

From The Body Shop (Ireland)—it’s no longer on the Canadian site!:

This gently exfoliating body scrub has an uplifting blueberry scent. Each pot contains Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, made from the nectar of thousands of wildflowers.

• Lifts away dead skin cells
• Helps stimulate skin surface microcirculation
• Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother
• Uplifting blueberry scent

While it’s a scrubbier scrub than the Vineyard Peach scrub was, and definitely not greasy like the Chocomania scrub was, I found that the Blueberry scrub’s light jelly texture meant it slipped off the skin too easily. The abrasives used were raspberry pips (too large) and walnut shell powder (could have used more).

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub

Funny story about the raspberry pips: they’re small, light brown, and almond-shaped. Once, when I got out of the shower, I saw one on my arm that hadn’t washed off, and jumped about a foot in the air, thinking it was a bug!Read More »

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Valcena — Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream

This is the second part of a series of Valcena reviews I will be doing! The following are Valcena products I’ve got in my queue. Starred (*) items are ones that have been sent to me by Valcena for review; the others I have purchased at Winners:

  1. Eau Lactée Cleansing Milk *
  2. Cleansing Gel
  3. Cleansing Scrub
  4. Éclat Anti-Age Face Mask (mini) *
  5. Roller Glacé Eye Contour Cream *
  6. Nutri-Lift Sérum *
  7. Nutrition Absolue Day Care
  8. Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream * (today’s review)
  9. Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream
  10. Hydra Nourrissant Body Lotion
  11. Rose Absolue EDT Natural Spray

Valcena Paris were kind enough to send me a package of some of their most popular products for honest review.

Valcena press samples 2016

They included some mini sizes, as well (two of which I already owned personally, and one of which they already sent in full-size, so that was a bit funny!), and a lovely note from the PR contact:

Valcena press samples, minis, 2016

 

Today I will be reviewing an item they sent to me, the Multi Active Hydratante Day Cream, which is the partner to the Multi Active Régénérante Night Cream I reviewed earlier.

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Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2016)

This Haulage! post also serves as Part 2 to Online Store Review: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (Part 1).

My order was placed on September 17, it shipped on the 22nd, and it was arrived to me in Toronto on the 23rd (5 business days), so delivery fell well within the advertised 4–7 business days.

Firstly, I want to mention that about a week after I placed the order, I happened to notice something while I was doing my weekly coupon-loading on Shoppers Drug Mart’s website/app (it’s totally worth it, by the way—I’ve racked up so many Optimum points using the personalized coupons they are constantly cranking out!). My Optimum Points total seemed unusually low, even considering the 95,000 points I had just redeemed over the weekend. Then, under my Transaction History, I saw this:

They’d deducted my redeemed points twice!

As I was already on the Shoppers Drug Mart site, I shot off an email to them via their contact form. Shortly afterward, I received an email saying my message could not be delivered because my Yahoo email wasn’t being accepted. Guys, it’s coming from your own web form. Then, a tweet came to nothing as they asked me to direct message them, and then, via DM, asked me to send them an email. I emailed, then they asked me to call in.

I suppose I could have just called from the start, but what on earth are web forms and email and other methods of online communication for, then? In the end, I had a light bulb moment and checked beautyBOUTIQUE.com, where I’d actually made the purchase. They had their own web form for contacting customer service, so I tried that. (Frankly, it was already 4pm and there were constant drilling sounds coming from an adjacent apartment, so I didn’t feel like shouting over the phone with a CS agent. Not to mention Peanut is very keen on talking to everybody on the phone, even if it’s not for him.)

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Ipsy — September 2016 Glam Bag “Glamazon”

I just did my August Ipsy (referral link) bag over the weekend (so late!) and now here’s my Sepember bag. Thought I should get it done before I start running late again.

Ipsy Glam Bag, September 2016, Glamazon
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner (0.75 oz mini; 5.1 oz full size US$14)
  • Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Moisturizing Mask (15 mL mini; 45 mL full size US$25)
  • Seraphine Botanicals 91% Natural Creamy Lip & Cheek Stain in Guava Butter (0.14 oz full size; US$24)
  • Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (1.5 g mini; 4 mL full size US$28—no idea why the sizes are measured in volume for the mini and mass for the full size)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite (17 mL full size / USD$15)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Eva NYC: 25% off any purchase with code Ipsters25 (through 10/31, US/CA only)
  • Nuxe: 20% off any $50 purchase with code SUMMER2016 (through 8/31, US only)
  • Seraphine Botanicals: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 10/31)
  • Too Faced: free deluxe-sized Melted Chocolate Lipstick in Honey with purchase, with code IPSYGWP (through 10/31)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 35% off any purchase with code IPSTER35 (through 9/30)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Ipsy — August 2016 Glam Bag “Sugar Highness”

Obviously, I’m quite late with my August Ipsy (referral link) bag. (The September Glam Bag post is on the way!) August was a busy month, with visitors coming and going, and baby Olive still in her second month of life.

She’s a total sweetheart, though. Looks just like her brother did at the same age, but with a dose of pixie. She’s got a bigtime appetite and loves to smile and coo from only one month. Plus, she’s already sleeping through the night at just under three months, which is why I’m no longer a zombie.

Back to Ipsy. August’s bag was a bit disappointing. It was a nice mix of products, but none of them were things I am especially keen to use. Some of it is quite expensive stuff, too, but still…eh.

Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2016, Sugar Highness
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • 111SKIN Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask (23 mL 1-use full size; GBP£20, or GBP£85 for a 5-pack)
  • Beauty for Real I-LINE 24-7 Waterproof Eyeliner in Black Magic (0.28 g full size; US$14)
  • Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy (1.8 g mini; full size for US$20)
  • NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam (13 mL mini; full size 18 mL for US$7.50/CA$11)
  • Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster (10 mL mini / full size 30 mL for USD$44)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

 

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Haulage! J.Crew Signet Bag

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As I’ve mentioned recently, I’m in the market for a camera bag! The Gucci Soho Disco was top of my list, and I was considering the new Marc Jacobs Shutter—until I opened up a J.Crew email yesterday and saw these pretties!
They’re called Signet Bags and they come in both colorful leather (US$128/CA$168) and colorblocked (like some of the Soho Discos) leopard calfhair options (US$298/CA$358).
Here are the calfhair bags in Leopard and Bright Ruby:
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Online Store Review: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (Part 1)

Today and tomorrow only (September 17–18, 2016), beautyBOUTIQUE is holding its first ever online-only Spend Your Points Event for Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points. I am sitting on a big pile o’ points, having skipped redemption during the last one or two events. I’m also racking up those points like mad—along with the usual diapers and other baby things I have to buy, I’m also doing more grocery shopping at my local Shoppers, which has installed a new grocery section.

So, last night I sorted out my beautyBOUTIQUE shopping cart and headed for checkout around 12:15am.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart, fivezero's order, September 2016

Firstly, I’ll just mention that I’m using Mac OS X (10.11, the most recent operating system) and my browser of choice is Mozilla Firefox. Well, beautyBOUTIQUE doesn’t work properly with Firefox. I couldn’t remove things from my shopping cart. With a long sigh, I switched over to Apple’s default Safari browser. Luckily beautyBOUTIQUE saves your shopping cart to your account and not just in your browser cookies, so as soon as I logged in using Safari, everything in my shopping cart was there.Read More »