May 23, 2015

The Wet Brush vs. Tangle Teezer

It may come as a bit of a surprise to some of you but up until quite recently, I didn't own a hair brush. That doesn't mean I let my hair run wild & free, of course. But since it's naturally fine and straight, I could get by easily with a wide-toothed comb and nothing else. After many rounds of bleach, however, my hair is now more prone to tangling and knots so when Nail Polish Canada asked me to compare two brush lines that they sell (for those not familiar with NPC, they sell a lot more than nail polish!), their request could not have come at a better time.

The Wet Brush versus the Tangle Teezer... which one came out victorious in this battle of hair brushes?

For me, the answer is hands-down, The Wet Brush!

The Wet Brush looks like a standard hair brush with a long handle, round brush head, and a padded base. What differs from a standard hair brush are its IntelliFlex Bristles which are thin and flexible so when you run the brush through your hair they don't pull or get stuck. They also feature rounded ultra soft poly tips, what the company calls SofTips, that don't poke against the scalp. The Wet Brush can be used on both wet and dry hair without causing any damage, and I have been using it when I get out of the shower as well as after styling to brush out my curls and create softer waves.

As for the Tangle Teezer, I had heard about it ages ago and have always wanted one. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. The small plastic brush is designed to ergonomically fit into the palm of your hand, which it does perfectly. The bristles are staggered between long and short for "dual action" but they do not have tips. Instead they are very pointy and kind of sharp which does not feel so great against the scalp, especially in comparison to The Wet Brush. Despite this fact, the Tangle Teezer does do what it says -- it detangles without getting stuck and I do really like the unique design.

I think if I had not tried The Wet Brush, I would have thought the Tangle Teezer was fine but there is definitely a marked difference in the way the two brushes feel. Nonetheless, the Tangle Teezer is a great travel companion (I keep mine in my purse for on-the-go brushing) whereas The Wet Brush has now become an at-home staple.

May 21, 2015

Too Faced Summer 2015: Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Cocoa Contour, and Better Than False Lashes Extreme!

Too Faced has a number of fun releases for Summer 2015 including three products that I was sent for review and have been dying to share with you all.

First up, my favourite of the bunch: the Too Faced Natural Matte Eyeshadow Palette. You read that right -- an entirely matte palette. Eyeshadow addicts rejoice! The company took their best-selling Natural Eyes Palette and turned all 9 shades matte... sort of, anyway.

The matte shades from Natural Eyes have all been moved into this palette (HeavenCashmere BunnySexspressoNudie). They are joined by five new matte versions of the other Natural Eyes shadows and given semi-related names. Silk Teddy's matte counterpart is Lace Teddy, Push-Up's is Strapless, Erotica's is Risque, Honey Pot's is Honey Butter, and Chocolate Martini's is Chocolate Cookie. The shadows are buttery smooth, completely matte, and I am obsessed with them.

The Too Faced Cocoa Contour Palette is another fun addition to the company's product line. I'm new to their Cocoa Complex, which is infused into these powders, so I was surprised when I realized that they do actually smell like chocolate (not a fake smell at all but instead yummy and delicious). In fact, every time I open the palette I kind of want to eat it.

The palette features two sculpting powders (Medium Cocoa and Dark Cocoa), a matte highlighter (Light Cocoa), and a shimmery highlighter (Pop of Light). The little Contour Buki Brush that's included is really soft and although I rarely use the brushes that come with palettes I like using this one with these powders. Plus, like many Too Faced products, there's a folded instructionable that shows you how to achieve a range of contoured looks, from more natural to "celebrity."

Last in this round-up is the most recent addition to the company's mascara line, Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme! You get two tubes, one of mascara (the gold) and one of fibres (the white). You start by layering on the black Prime & Seal Mascara. Next, you layer on the fibres, and then swipe on another coat of the Prime & Seal.

This was my first introduction to fibre lashes and to be honest, I find them kind of weird. The fibres are literally white pieces of fluff that you brush onto your lashes and then cover up. They do sort of add volume but I don't think they look like false lashes. Plus they made my lashes feel heavy and were annoying to remove, despite many swipes of makeup remover.

Below is a quick FOTD to show you these three products in action. On my eyes, I'm wearing the three shadows from the "Classic" section in the Natural Matte Palette and the Better Than False Lashes Extreme! duo on my lashes.

On my face, I used a mix of all 4 powders from Cocoa Contour. I almost never contour since I wear glasses the majority of the week for work and they kind of cover any sculpting/highlighting efforts. However, it was kind of fun playing around with light/dark and attempting to create the semblance of cheekbones.

May 19, 2015

Springtime Sweatin'

I hope all my Canadian readers had a good Victoria Day long weekend... the extra day off was just what I needed given how busy I have been at work this month. I went for a hike, rode my bike, saw Pitch Perfect 2, ate a ton (including the Westcoast Tea Service at the Urban Tea Merchant), and caught up with my friends and family. You may also notice that the blog got a bit of a re-design!

As for today's outfit, the last time I wore this sweatshirt on the blog it was Fall (and almost 2 years ago, at that). However, with the up-and-down sometimes it's hot/sometimes it's not weather we've been experiencing lately, I've also been loving it as a layering piece this Spring. See? Spending that much money on a fleece can totally be justified...

Sweatshirt: Zoe Karssen / Dress (worn as skirt): Wilfred Free (Aritzia)
Shoes: Nine West (c/o) / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (here)

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