Products I’m Currently Obsessed With and Can’t Imagine Being Without

What happens when you have 12 new products you are positively in love with and can’t wait to share with your readers? Ones that are fully deserving of their own detailed reviews but you just don’t know where to start because you love them all? Well you create a currently obsessed collage of course!

Products Im Obsessed With

In no particular order of adoration:

OPI Natural Nail Glitter Off Base Coat ($10.95 CAD) – I am a serial picker. Whether it be a regular mani, glitter, or LED gels I almost always end up picking off my polish rather than removing it. I know. I know! It’s a terrible and damaging habit. Well now I don’t have to feel guilty! This new peel off base coat from OPI is an answer to my prayers. It works like an absolute dream! I know it’s been said that regular Elmer’s glue will achieve the same results, and this product actually smells and looks like glue, but this OPI product makes application much easier. The product is a little thinner than standard glue and of course it’s packaged for proper application. I will NEVER be without this again!

Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Mascara in 22 Captivating Purple/Violine Tenebreuse ($30 US) – This limited edition Spring 2014 release from YSL is my dream purple mascara. It is deep enough to to give the impact of black mascara but still offer a lovely, luminous hint of dark purple. The Faux Cils mascara formula is of course fantastic. I am beyond in love with this mascara and so sad it is LE. If it was in the budget I would certainly be purchasing back ups. By the way, while purple may be promoted as best for accentuating green eyes it also looks fantastic with blue eyes. Well, and brown eyes, and hazel eyes, and you get the picture. You can see this mascara in action in this look.

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Cream – This cream from Aveda has the rich, thick texture of a body butter. I adore Aveda product scents and this richly hydrating cream infused with French lavender, lavandin and clary sage from organic farms is clinically proven to relieve feelings of stress and is an amazing aromatherapy experience.

Sephora Colorful 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner in Animal Instinct - This shimmering olive green liquid liner from Sephora is absolutely stunning! The formula is opaque and doesn’t tighten up on my lids as some liquid liners can. The applicator and formula make application so effortless and the result is simply breathtaking. I am eager to check out more shades. See it in action here.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift ($165 CAD)- Skincare products don’t often wow me but this one has me excited. I really feel and see a difference already. The applicator is beyond cool. Actually I mean that literally. It’s ceramic, sculpted tip applicator immediately cools the eye area. I use the back side of it, which is contoured to the shape of my under eyes, to cool and refresh my eye area. Then I flip it over and apply the product with the other side. The cooling feeling lasts for a long time. I was amazed. The soothing de-puff complex includes algae and golden chamomile. South Sea Pearls gently illuminate the eye area. The powerful formula of three advanced polymers including Anacia Senegal Tree, Sweet Almond, and Goji Berry extracts instantly tighten and lift and stimulate collagen for lifted, firmer skin with less lines over time. Black Tourmaline gems add to the skin cell support of this luxurious product filled with precious ingredients. I am truly excited to see the long term effects of this product because I am already truly impressed after only a matter of days. Bonus, it’s fragrance free! (I have such a hard time with scents around my eyes.)

Moroccanoil Styling Gel – It has the Moroccanoil scent and gives my curls soft definition. Need I say more. Lord I love that smell!

Lise Watier Age Control Supreme Ultimate Body Butter ($70 CAD) – This indulgently rich, and intoxicatingly scented, rich cream enriched with exclusive concentrated Labrador Tea Extract, argan and shea butters is simply amazing. I love everything about this body butter. The texture, the scent, the intense hydration, the softness it gives my skin. I am almost in tears looking at my almost empty jar. You know the conundrum when you love something so much you want to use it all the time but at the same time are terrified of it running out?

AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner ($28 US) – I’m not often enamoured with fancy lip balms. I swear by Lansinoh Lanolin for Nursing Mothers as my holy grail lip balm and find other products usually fail miserably for me in comparison. This pale pink sheer balm has a thicker texture that actually stays on. (I hate how most balms seem to disappear on me within minutes). I really enjoy the thicker feel and I don’t find it sticky. The light rose scent is really lovely. I’m finding I quite enjoy this indulgent balm that is a best seller from AERIN.

Pantene Expert Advanced+ Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist ($14 US) – This oil mist fights split ends, frizz, dullness and dryness with a rare blend of exotic oils including Argan, Jojoba, Safflower, Olive and Sesame. It smells soooooo good and the dispenser sprays out an ultra fine mist which I love! This can be used on damp hair and also on dry hair as a shine spray. Thanks to the ultra fine mist I can get an incredible shine that is so light weight and doesn’t weigh down my curls or leave me feeling greasy like most shine sprays. I love this product so much!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector ($20 CAD) - I have heard amazing things about the Hemp line but was always a little afraid to try it thinking it would have some sort of funky, skunky smell. Well I wish I had tried this earlier because not only does it smell amazing, (sort of an herbal smell that reminds me of Aveda products), but it also is one high performance, intense hand cream that is saving my winter ravaged hands. No wonder this is The Body Shop’s #1 selling product! Oh and guess what? The Body Shop Hand Creams happen to be on sale right 50% off right now and the big 100ml tube is only $10!

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Gentle Miscellar Solution ($11.99 CAD) – Dare I say it? I think I like this better than the Bioderma cleansing water. This removes all makeup so effortlessly and the price can’t be beat. It doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes at all. This is simply a fantastic product. Whether you are a Bioderma junkie or have just always wanted to try a miscellar water then you need to try this one from L’Oreal.

Vichy Neovadiol Elixir ($58 CAD) – The Vichy Neovadiol line is one designed for woman with post-menapausal skin and they are releasing the first facial oil targeted at post-menapausal skin. Now I of course have not gone through menopause but I suffer from all of the same skin issues thanks to my chronically dry, dehydrated skin. Thin, sagging, dull, dry skin is my nemesis. Something I am constantly struggling with. So far I am really loving the improvement this trio of omega rich oils is offering my skin. Safflower Seed Oil is rich in omega 6 (twice as much as argan oil) and omega 9. Rice Bran Oil contains high doses of omegas 3, 6, and 9 and has emollient and nourishing properties as well as super-antioxidant qualities (4 times as much Vitamin E as most oils). Shea Butter is rich in omegas 6 and 9 and has soothing anti-inflammatory properties to promote the synthesis of epidermal lipids. This oil also happens to smell amazing.

So there you have it. Twelve products that have really won me over lately and that I have truly been enjoying testing and don’t ever want to run out of. Anything on my list catch your eye?

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Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Tips for a Perfect Manicure

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  1. Crystal/glass nail files. I can’t live without glass nail files. My nails are very thin and soft and regular nail files just shred them up. Glass nail files give you a perfect edge without damaging your nails. Make the filing in one direction rule obselete.
  2. Gel manicures. I finally have an at home LED gel manicure system and it has finally given me the opportunity to have longer nails. I simply do a gel manicure with a natural sheer nude shade and use it as a base for regular manicures. My nails are able to grow long and strong beneath the gel and I don’t even need to keep the gel manicure on at all times.
  3. Stay in the lines. Maybe this is harder for people with less steady hands but I can’t understand the time and effort involved in “cleaning up” a manicure. It just seems so much easier and more practical for me to paint my nails keeping the polish a few millimetres from the cuticle to begin with. Not that I can achieve this perfectly every time but good enough that I don’t feel the need to spend all kinds of time with acetone and paint brushes etc.
  4. Cuticle clippers. When I am not maintaining my nails and cuticles properly I get hang nails. It took me a long time to break down and invest in cuticle clippers because they are so pricey but when I finally did I understood their worth immediately. Unlike clipping them with nail clipper the cuticle clippers take the hangnail off cleanly and puts a stop to it for good. It is also the only really safe way to trim back excess cuticle after using a cuticle remover and pushing them back.
  5. Cuticle remover. I am still searching for a great one but have been getting by with the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover in the Blue Bottle. It works fairly well. If I keep up with using a cuticle remover and pushing them back on a regular basis I can achieve the invisible cuticle look of my dreams. Unfortunately I am not very good and keeping up with it!
  6. Cuticle Oil – A key to not only healthy cuticles, but more importantly healthy nails, is the regular use of a cuticle oil or balm of some sort. My current fave is the Dior Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum and Ecrinal Strengthening Cream with ANP but I actually haven’t done too much experimenting with different products. Looking forward to hearing the favourites of our other Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday team!
  7. Paint over tips – If you want your manicure to last longer you need to remember to paint over the tip of your nail. This helps prevent shrinkage and tip wear.
  8. Fast dry top coat – I don’t know how I survived before I started using fast dry top coats. This ensures your manicure dries in only a matter of minutes so you can avoid smudges, sheet marks, dents, and all the other hazards life inflicts on a manicure that isn’t completely cured. Who has 20-30 mins + to sit there and not touch anything! My favourite of the moment is the Dior Top Coat Abricot because I have been using it for months and it hasn’t thickened up on me like other popular fast dry top coats like Seche Vite.
  9. Use a base coat – I am actually surprised the number of people that don’t use base coats. They think it is just an extra step that they don’t need or have time for. Base coats not only prevent discolouration of your nails but they also even out the nails surface, aid the nail colour in going on more evenly, and bind the colour to the nail to ensure your manicure lasts longer. The base coat, and not only the top coat, have a role in the longevity of your manicure.
  10. Use hand cream frequently. Dry hands mean dry, ragged cuticles which in turn mean dry damaged nails. Apply a good hand cream regularly to keep hands looking soft and healthy because no manicure looks good on tight, chapped, wrinkly ‘ol hands! I love the L’Occitane hand creams.

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Cake Beauty It’s In the Bag Hand Cream Set in Nella Bella Designed Metallic Wristlet

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Harsh winter weather means chapped and parched hands. I am terrible at remembering to put gloves on every time I go outside to protect my hands. This leaves my hands always thirsting for moisture and I can’t seem to have enough hand cream around. They are on my desk, my nightstand, my purse, the kitchen. Everywhere! I adore mini hand creams. It’s a great way to try different formulas and they are convenient to always keep with you. The Cake Beauty It’s In the Bag ($30 CAD) set is a hand bag addicts dream. It contains three 30 ml hand creams. These creams contain whole milk, shea butter, mango butter, and marshmallow extract. They are free of parabens, sodium chloride, phthalates, GMO’s, mineral oil, petroleum, gluten, and triclosan. They are packed with vitamins and have a rich feel that absorbs well leaving hands feeling soft and soothed without any greasy or waxy feel or residue.

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The included creams are:

Milk Made Velveteen Hand Creme – Vanilla Milk and Baked Raspberry Scent

Desserted Island Velveteen Hand Creme – Tahitian Vanilla and Coconut Scent

Limited Edition Vanilla Cashmere Velveteen Hand Creme – Warm Baked Vanilla Scent

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The creams come in an exclusively designed for Cake Beauty Nella Bella metallic taupe wristlet that is really cute. It is a good size and has beautiful details like the hot pink zipper and purple checked lining and coordinating wristlet on the zipper.

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