Category: Beauty

Review: The Lovely Rose Apothecary

I have unsuccessfully tried a tonne of different products to help my blemished skin and even through proper usage, I’ve never had a product that actually helped. When I saw The Lovely Rose Apothecary, I decided to give it a try because 1. the branding is fantastic; handmade, vintage-inspired tonics and creams based on flowers? Yes please! And 2. the beautiful Idda Van Munster recommended it so it must have been good.

The Lovely Rose Apothecary

The Process: They once had a quick quiz to take to determine which of their three skin treatments you need for your skin, but it looks like they just have a contact form now. At any rate, I was supposed to get the geranium skin set because of my blemishes. After deciding on the skin treatment, they have a few skin products to select from: skin tonic, vanishing cream, cold cream, mud masks, and sets. I personally decided on the geranium morning set because I wanted the tonic and a cream. They’re a little bit on the expensive side but being a small, homemade company, it’s to be expected. Even though everything is handmade, the products shipped and arrived at my house fairly quickly.

The Lovely Rose Apothecary

Using the Product: In the morning, you’re supposed to dampen your skin with the tonic and use the cream over your face; then, in the evening, you’re supposed to use their evening set. I only ordered the morning set and used as directed, but I used it before going to bed rather than in the morning. They don’t specify how much of each product you need to use each day but I’ve been using relatively small amounts, making sure that the amount of tonic I have left matches the amount of cream.

The Verdict: I have before and after pictures below; note that the first picture is a month after I started using another product, so it’s actually the result of another brand I used. As for the Lovely Rose, I started using this product in March and have merely kept forgetting to write a review. I could see results in a week! Not even just my skin looks better but my skin looks nearly perfect! I honestly did not expect such great results in such a short amount of time. But I honestly have to say that I’m incredibly happy that I found a nice product that I like and works for me – works great for me.

Before and After: The Lovely Rose Apothecary
Top: After using a different product, before using LRA
Bottom: After using LRA for a few months (though the results were the same a week after I started using it)

If you haven’t found your perfect facial care regimen yet, I highly recommend The Lovely Rose Apothecary because they helped me so much with my skin. They also sell travel beauty sets for $25 if you want a smaller amount of the product to test for a less expensive price.

Let me know if you’ve tried the Lovely Rose yourself, or if you know of a similar brand you’d think I’d enjoy. Until next week!

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017
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My Favourite Lipstick Formulas

While I’m waiting to buy more lipstick to do some swatch posts, I decided to dedicate a post to some of the best lipstick formulas I’ve tried. I should perhaps do some of the worst formulas too – so as to potentially help save people money – but I like to keep things on a positive note.

I prefer lipstick that doesn’t smear, doesn’t transfer, and stays on all day. I personally haven’t felt like a formula was too heavy for me, so that’s not one of my concerns, but I know a lot of people are in the same boat and want formulas that last the entire day. So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite formulas:

Black Moon Cosmetics

Black Moon Cosmetics

Black Moon not only has badass packaging but a fantastic formula that’s transfer and smudge proof, and stays pigmented all day. I don’t have many of their lipsticks because I’m not really a nude person but a lot of people love their colours, so they’re definitely worth checking out.

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics

What I love about Besame is their brand is 100% vintage reproduction makeup, and I love brands that have strong branding. They’re really an honorable mention because they don’t have a liquid-to-matte formula but their product still stays on and pigmented all day. It’s not transfer or smudge proof but I can eat/drink without needing to reapply and I never have to worry about the colour getting on other parts of my face. It’s incredible for a stick formula, and this brand is definitely worth trying.

LA Splash

LA Splash

I have a tonne of LA Splash’s lippies and even though they say they have different formulas, I really can’t tell the difference. I love this brand because their lippies never transfer or smudge and they stay pigmented all day. The only thing I don’t like about them is they have sooo many colours that are so similar, but that I still need to buy. I’m going to do a swatch post of them whenever I get around to buying the other colours I want.

Also their lip glosses are terrible. Just be warned!

Lime Crime

Lime Crime

Lime Crime also has great branding and a similar formula to LA Splash. It’s smudge and transfer proof, and the colours stay all day – which I absolutely love. They also have a more concise collection of lipstick colours, which is a bit better for a lipstick hoarder like me.

If you’re looking for some good lipstick, definitely consider trying the aforementioned brands because they are fantastic and I highly recommend them. Honorable mentions go to Coloured Raine and Anastasia Beverly Hills because their formulas are also fantastic but I don’t own enough of their product to be an expert.

This weather is getting beautiful and I bought my first pumpkin of the season today (the first of many, I’m sure). I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful month!

Posted on Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Review: Function of Beauty

I am very excited that the time has come to review a product that I’ve been waiting years for: a shampoo and conditioner set by Function of Beauty.*  Since hair is so unique, I’ve always wanted a hair care product that was made specially for my hair, and that’s what FoB does.  You take a hair quiz of what your hair is like, and what you want it to be like – and using an algorithm, they make the perfect shampoo and conditioner set for you.  You can also choose your colours and scent, and the bottles with have your name on it – and it’s cruelty-free.  Isn’t that perfect?

Function of Beauty

The Process: The quiz is pretty straight-forward and for a custom shampoo and conditioner set, it’s priced well and ships within a decent amount of time.  When it came, it was packaged very nicely and smelled really nice (I got the essential oils).  Each product comes with a personalised hair care card that tells you how often you need to wash and condition your hair.

It also comes with a lengthy list of ingredients and will break down what key ingredients do.  It’s a bit over my head but I’d give it an A+ for credibility.

First Impressions: I hate to be a cliche and say “it was like day and night,” but I noticed a difference on the first day.  My hair felt much lighter on my head, and even though tangling wasn’t anything covered specifically by this brand, I felt like my hair needed less brushing throughout the day.  As if I wasn’t already excited enough, I never ever get compliments on my hair, and I actually started getting a few compliments from strangers and people I knew.  To be honest, it’s so weird to think a shampoo and conditioner sense can make all the difference in the world, but I attribute the compliments to FoB.  If I had to guess, the product worked incredibly well with my hair conditions.

Function of Beauty

The Hair Goals: What I found the most appealing about FoB is that they not only take your hair type into account but what you want your hair to be like.  In the past, when I’ve looked for shampoo, the effects that it would have on my hair was of utmost important to me.  So how did FoB stack up?

Goal 1: Fixing Split Ends: So my cosmetologist friend informs me that a shampoo/conditioner cannot actual fix or prevent split ends, which I’d completely believe.  Even though my hair’s stayed in pretty good shape since I started on FoB, I’m going to have to wait a long time before I see a different in split ends.  For now, I’m going to say that I don’t think I’ll have no split ends after using this product, but that’s just because of the nature of hair.
Goal 2: Lengthen: Considering that hair grows at an average rate of a half inch per month, my hair certainly grew more than one inch in the past two months. And I’m quite excited to see if it can grow more over a shorter period of time.
Goal 3: Volumize: So I have pretty thick hair naturally, but my hair is definitely a bit fuller than it had been two months ago.  I still don’t look like I crawled out of 1986 but there’s only so much that can be done for my stubborn hair.
Goal 4: Anti-frizz: I have to say this definitely did not help with frizz.  It didn’t make it worse but I haven’t noticed any difference.
Goal 5: Straighten: Surprisingly, I think this set has helped to straighten my hair.  My hair is naturally a bit wavy so it’s not too difficult to straighten, but I’ve noticed I have fewer awkward waves in my hair.

Function of Beauty
L: Before; R: After
You can see my hair looks healthier and straighter 🙂

In Conclusion: I would definitely recommend this shampoo as the brand is fun, reliable, and has made my hair a lot better than it had been before.  My only con is that the hair goals weren’t exactly met within two months, and I’m skeptical they may not be met.  But if you’re currently searching for a new hair care set, I’d definitely recommend trying this brand.  I’m giving it a good review, and I know hundreds of other users have given a positive word, as well.

Supposedly if you use this link,* you can get $5 off your purchase.  Let me know how it works out!  Until next week ★

* Referral link

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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