Elizabeth Arden White Glove Extreme Cleanser Review

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day. I recently purchased the Elizabeth Arden White Glove Extreme’s clarifying foam cleanser from Marshalls. I was super excited to find this and other Elizabeth Arden products (Side note- Marshalls now has some higher end makeup and skin care products. I noticed some NARS foundations, Tarte palettes, Too Face lipsticks and eye liners, and a bunch of other products) and I was pretty pumped to find these things! I told myself I was going in for some muffin tins and chia seeds so I had to justify getting this $12.99 CAN cleanser, but I was running out of my other cleanser, so all was well. I felt strong that day, I wanted a blue Too Faced eyeliner and a few beauty brushes but I resisted.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 4.38.49 PMThe formula itself is a really soft foam that applied nicely. A little bit went along way as I found myself with a lot of excess product on my hands when I done applying. It smells great, not to much like chemicals or perfume which I enjoy in a cleanser. I just splash my face with water to wash off the product and I found that it didn’t slip around into my hairline or down my neck. Wasn’t too drying when I padded my face down with a cloth, but after a few washes that changed.

I had high hopes for this product. I have combination skin, dry in the nose and cheek area but oily on my chinScreen Shot 2017-03-24 at 4.39.37 PM and forehead. The first time I used it, the redness in my face was gone! Like no joke, my skin is so poor that it’s just bright red right after I wash it and moisturize. It was still a bit blotchy in some areas but that’s just my sensitive areas (by my jawline). I used the product for about 2 weeks before I noticed the dry and burning sensation it had on my nose and cheek area. The redness was still gone but my skin hurt to touch. There were days where I wouldn’t wear any makeup and I would have 2 large red marks on my cheeks just under my eyes and towards my nose. I felt my skin stretching when I yawned and I just felt so uncomfortable throughout the day. I stopped using this product and switched back to my Spectro cleanser to help with my dryness.I will say that I did notice my forehead and chin were a lot less shiny! I was happy with how it looked and noticed a rather large difference! So if you have oily skin, this may be the product for you!

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 4.39.56 PMOverall, this product was not for me and it didn’t meet my expectations. I didn’t see any difference in my acne or dryness, just made it worse. It did however decrease my redness and oily parts of my skin. Let me know if you have tried this product, i’m interested on your thoughts! Hope you all enjoyed this little post and I will talk to you soon!

Have a great day,

EM

Lazy AF “Bunny Ear” Cupcakes for Easter

Hey everyone! Sorry i’ve been MIA the past little while, i’ve been super busy with school and just spent my free time putting work into my YouTube channel. Don’t worry I haven’t forgot about you guys, I have a bunch of blog ideas ready to go in the next few weeks 🙂 Today I am back with a super simple and easy Easter dessert! I am super lazy when it comes to baking, I just don’t have the patience to bake something from scratch. So bless Betty Crocker cause she makes my life super easy and makes me look good. We’re making Bunny Ear Cupcakes! Here’s how you make them,

Ingredients:

  • 1 Betty Crocker Cupcake mix (I chose Cherry) IMG_7697
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 Vegetable oil
  • 2/3 Milk/Water (I used Water)
  • Betty Crocker Icing (Vanilla)
  • Sprinkles (what ever colour you want the ears to be. Preferably pink but I didn’t have any so I used purple and yellow)
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Muffin cups

Once you have all the ingredients together you’re able to start baking! First take a medium sized bowl and pour the cupcake mix into the bowl. Then mix in your eggs, vegetable oil, and water. After mixing that all together its time to lay out the muffin cups and pour the mixture in. It’s important to fill it almost to the top (but not too close otherwise it will rise and spill over) but having it out a bit is good for icing. Put them in the oven at 350 degrees/ 180 F for about 15 minutes or so.

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Yay the cupcakes are done! Now time to let them cool for about 30 mins before you can start decorating. To prep for decorating, you can put the Betty Crocker Icing in the icing bag and choose the nozzle you’d like to use. Then choose your coloured sprinIMG_7724kles and put then in a small bowl.

After your long waited half hour, it’s time to decorate! Apply the icing starting at the outside and working your way to the middle of the cupcake. Once your cupcakes are iced you can start making the bunny ears. To make the ears, take the large marshmallow and cut them diagonally in half. Then take the marshmallow and dip it into the small bowl of sprinkles sticky side facing down. Now place IMG_7729the flatter end of the  marshmallow on the cupcake (placed a little off centre to make that ear look). Now just repeat to add the second ear and you’re done! Do these to the rest of your cupcakes and now you have a bunch of cute little bunnies!

See how easy these are to make and may I add super cute! I didn’t have any pink sprinkles so purple and yellow were my go to. Hope you enjoy this little Easter treat and get you in the mood for spring! Hopefully warmer weather will come soon! If you try these cupcakes please tag me in them on Twitter (@emilykaitlynxo) i’d love to see them!

Hope you all have a great day and i’ll talk to you in my next post! Thanks for reading xoxo,

EM

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Top 5 Beauty Products!

Hey everyone, hope you had a wonderful week! I wanted to talk about my all time favourite beauty products that I couldn’t live without! These products are amazing and make my life so gosh darn easy! First i’m going to mention my ride or die Laura Mercier translucent setting powder! HOLY MOLY this changed my life! My concealer actually sits and stays oimg_2816n my face all day, and it even helps with shine! I haven’t tried a lot of setting powders but I don’t know if i’ll ever be able to put this aside to try something else out. It doesn’t keep your face white in flash photos or leave any product on your face if brushed out properly. I bought the travel size from Sephora back in May 2016 and i’ve got a ton of product left! The travel size is $28 CAN and the full size is $47 CAN. Ah it’s just an amazing product, and if I could only suggest one of these 5 products, it would for sure be this one!

Next is my recently purchased Mario Badescu facial spray. It smells amazing, its so hydrating, and it makes my skin so soft and fresh. I spray it on my face when I wake up, I spray it on after applying a primer, and I also spray it throughout the day to keep my skin refreshed and hydrated! So amazing and so affordable! I purchased mine from Urban Outfitters for $9 CAN. Just a lovely product that brightens my complexion and keeps me feeling fresh all day long. Did I mention that it’s hydrating??

My third product is the L’Oreal Lipstick in the colour 800 Fairest Nude. This product is honestly the perfect nude! It brightens and defines the lips while still being subtle! It doesn’t dry out the lips or crack in any bits. Very nourishing and calm. I keep it in my purse for when i’m looking a little dull and does the trick every time! I got mine from Shoppers Drug Mart for $7.99.

Fourth product is the Maybelline Brow Precise eyebrow pencil. This stuff is amazing. I am in the shade blonde. It just makes fixing your eyebrows that much easier! It is so fast and simple to use it is my go to eye brow pencil. Very pigmented and the applicator is just perfect! A little pricy for a drugstore eyebrow pencil. I bought mine from Shoppers Drug Mart for $13.99 CAN. I’ve seen it on sale for $9.99 and even at Walmart for $11.99. Just keep your eye out for a sale!

img_2818And finally my fifth product is the L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in the shade brown. I love love love this product! I prefer to have my mascara a bit dried out just because I feel I have more control, but this product is amazing. From the first day I applied it to this morning when I put it on…nothing has changed. No clumps! No fall off! No sweat! I use this product when I am going for a “no makeup” look or if i’m hitting the town. It is so build-able that it works wonders! I especially love the curved brush version, it just gives my lashes the perfect length for that natural look. Will continue to purchase and recommend! This product is around $10-13CAN again depends on the sale day!

If you had to pick 5 beauty products that are your absolute favourite, or even just one product that stands out for you! Comment them down below if you’d like. Thank you all for reading and hope you have a wonderful week! xoxoxo