April’s DIY box and March’s reviews :)

First out with the old, my march DIY makeup box contained:

march diy boxMarch Reviews:

Adidas aluminum free deo:

First of all I did actually find it for sale at a Rexall (Canadian drugstore) for about $4 or so.  Deodorants without aluminum are hard to come by.  I was happy to try this for the month and it lead to interesting results.  First, I did need to reapply it at least twice a day whereas I never need to reapply my regular antiperspirant deodorant.  That isn’t that big a deal, but I found it wasn’t quite up to the task of lasting through my workout/training.  What I found really interesting is that I think I smelled better even while sweating after a month of not using my regular deodorant.  I’m really interested to try another non aluminum deodorant and see if that pattern continues.  However for everyone’s sake I will probably use regular deodorant when doing shows 🙂

Fat Hair “0″ Calorie Amplifying Mousse:

I started the month using this a lot.  I think it probably does add some volume in the way hairspray can add volume.  It was great to use especially if I was going to wear my hair down.  However I often shower at night and/or wear my hair up for training and in those cases it didn’t seem to make a difference.

CeraVe moisturizing lotion:

This is a great catch-all lotion.  It’s a little light for the dry winter we’ve been having, but in general it’s a great body lotion.

Urban Decay Vitamin Infused Prep Spray – I think that’s a fancy title for primer

I didn’t really like this one, it seemed to burn my face when I would spritz it on.  I guess that could all those vitamins… but more likely it’s alcohol.  I definitely will be tossing the sample and not purchasing.

Natural House Body Brush – How do you use this, why do I have one… Who knows!

So apparently you use this brush to brush off the dry skin before you shower. The list of potential benefits is a little mind boggling though.  I didn’t notice any actual scientific studies to back up these claims, but it was nice feeling.  I will probably keep this one up for a little longer at least.

LUSH mint julips lip scrub:

I do really like this lip scrub, however I don’t think it’s that great for my lips.  Since it’s just flavoured sugar I tend to lick my lips a lot after putting it on, which is one of the main reasons that lips dry up.  Even if I wanted to keep using it, I wouldn’t buy it again because as I stated before it’s literally sugar with flavouring.  Here’s a link to making your own lip scrub if you ever want to try it.  Hmmm after reading that link, apparently you aren’t supposed to lip it off at all, I guess I’ll have to try that lip scrub myself!

Burt’s Bees almond milk hand creme

This creme is greasy, hard to get at, but works quite well.  I found it best to put it on right before bed.

Sephora lemon creamy body wash

This was just an average body wash, nothing that spectacular.  The scent wasn’t overpowering, but also was barely there.  I will not buy it again.

Ultra repair cream by First Aid Beauty:

This cream surprised me the most.  It’s a light cream that really sunk into my hands and feet and helped a bunch of cracks in my poor, dry hands.  It was non-greasy though too.  I liked the Burt’s Bee’s cream, but you basically have to only use it at night it’s so greasy.  This cream I could use and then open jars!  I tried a lot of lotions this month and I learned that there is no magic lotion to completely heal your hands overnight once you’ve let them get so dry, same this for lips.  I never really had patience to keep using lotion or lip balm daily, I always treated it as a one time fix when my hands were dry.  I started putting on lotion each night before bed and it made a huge difference!

 

…and now, in with the NEW!

April’s DIY Make up box

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The Health Deodorant – I bought this around the same time I got the adidas deo… when I get excited about an idea sometimes I enjoy the buying part more than the trying part.

New beginnings scrub – I got this as part of a package awhile ago… never quite got around to using it.

Sephora blotting papers – Another freebie that I never have used.

Kiehl’s ultimate strength hand salve – It’s been such a long, dry winter I was looking for anything to fix my hands.  I ended up only getting a sample because the lotion was $18!  Now that I’ve used up the Ultra repair cream by First Aid Beauty I am interested to see if it works as well.

Smith’s rosebud salve – In one of my many. many fits of severely chapped lips I bought this on a whim.  I’m interested to see if it’s better than the sugar brand because I would rather not spend $30 on chapstick.

Smashbox candid lip gloss – I can already tell I don’t like this one, yet I am having trouble throwing it away 😦

Buxom lash mascara – another freebie, but I need a new mascara for shows this year.

Smashbox eye shawdow trio – I bought this to replace my old show make up, but again haven’t used it yet… I feel like there is a pattern starting.

Watt’s up! – an eye shadow highlighter .

Stay don’t stray – eye shadow primer.

Again I picked a lot of things this month, but the 4 of them are specifically for shows (mascara, eye shadow, primer and highlighter)  I really, really wanted to buy new makeup, but instead I went “shopping” in my old make up and I’m glad I did.  I pretty much had everything I needed already anyway.  So yay I guess, but also shame on me for hoarding so much stuff I can’t even remember what I have.

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Shame on you make up hoarding polar bear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March’s DIY box

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Well I might have gotten a little carried away this month!  February without a box made me want to choose everything at once!  SO here goes, the contents of March’s DIY box:

Adidas aluminum free deo – This one is so old I don’t think they even sell it anymore 😦  But better late than never…right?

Fat Hair “0” Calorie Amplifying Mousse

CeraVe moisturizing lotion

Urban Decay Vitamin Infused Prep Spray – I think that’s a fancy title for primer

Natural House Body Brush – How do you use this, why do I have one… Who knows!

LUSH mint julips lip scrub

Burt’s Bees almond milk hand creme

Sephora lemon creamy body wash

Ultra repair cream by First Aid Beauty

I also realized I had way more than my fair share of perfume samples, so I picked two at random:

Clean, Warm cotton

DKNY, pure

I may have picked too much lotion, but it’s been a really cold winter and my skin hates me right now.  At the very least I will find out what that huge brush is for!

This post brought to you by Twinings Lemon and Ginger Tea 🙂

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Review of January’s DIY box

A whole new box is going to have to wait until I get home from Montreal, but it will give me a good chance to completely finish everything in there!

January’s box contained:

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It was fine, but nothing too special.  I like the bumble and bumble stuff from last month better.  Honestly it wasn’t much different than what I use all the time:8a745752411ce4689efcfc0cd1edc452

I have a double standard towards eye creams.  Logically I really don’t think they do anything, especially not anything different than the lotion I use for my face… but I still like using them.  This one is nice and light and has a sweet but subtle scent.  I like it and even though it is not a large container it seems to last and last.

I love the smell of this lotion.  In the space of three months I have gone from never using lotion to being lotion crazy!  I actually had to use less because it was making my circus life difficult ( I had trouble with my grip and Dan had trouble gripping my hands, feet and legs).  SO no more lotion before training!  I am about half way through and I think I’ll be quite sad to see it go.

I hated this.  It was a tiny , tiny sample and I couldn’t even finish it and had to wash it off me.  The scent was beyond powerful.  Definitely not for me.

I got this lip balm in Japan from a drugstore.  I thought the Sugar lip balm from last month was my favourite, but I think this might be.  The sugar one tastes delicious, but this one seems to keep my lips unchapped longer.  I have particularly chapped lips especially during winter.  So this lip balm has been by my side all month, I’ll be sad it see this one gone too.

This one has me stumped… and I am not sure it does anything.  I’ll keep using it for February and maybe I’ll have made up my mind by then 🙂

I haven’t been using this one… oops!  Another month to fix that!

I have been using the black as my new make up bag and it fits that perfectly.  Plus it let me throw away my dirty, makeup stained other bag, yay 🙂

So in February I will try to finish up the lotion, lip balm, lip gloss, and brow stick.  Plus I am going to throw in this stuff:

Reviva Vitamin K Cream

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I didn’t even know I had it with me, but it is definitely time to use it.  I got it several months ago to address the growing number of broken blood vessels on my face.  These broken blood vessels are a result of me hitting myself in the face with my hula hoops (on accident… clearly).  Now they aren’t that big, but they also aren’t disappearing as fast as they used to… yes I hit myself in the face somewhat often.  This lotion comes directly from me medically googling myself into a panic, so I’ll be interested to see if it works at all.  Finger’s crossed!

I have to say this DIY box has been really fun, I was actually kinda sad I wasn’t able to make myself one for this month.  I guess I’ll just have to make a really great one in March:)022108_beautyopener_a

January’s DIY Box

So in December I started a monthly project with the hope of using up all my excessive toiletries.  It’s a silly problem to have, but somehow I can’t bring myself to throw them away and using them is decidedly better.  So December’s DIY box looked like this:

myboxHere are my reviews:

This is probably the first lotion I have ever completely finished.  It may sounds sad to be excited about that, but hey… baby steps here.  The lotion it’s self was good.  It has quite a strong smell, but I really like a citrus scent and it wasn’t perfumey.

I really loved this lip balm.  It is the first lip balm I used all the way up and then was sad when it was gone.  It is pretty expensive for lip balm, this one was a free gift from sephora, but i liked it enough that when I finish all the others, maybe I’ll even buy it.

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This one was easy, I just threw it in the bathroom soap dish and let everyone help out finishing this soap off.  I liked the scent, it wasn’t overpowering like some of LUSH’s products.  I really like LUSH in general, it’s just that they are expensive and I don’t think they are quite as “all natural” as their advertising leads you to believe.

I always hate these plastic packs because they contain more than one use and then everything gets messy.  However I was actually surprised that it actually lived up to its claim.  Usually “volumizing”  hair products do little for me, but bumble and bumble worked as it claimed!

I really didn’t like this mascara.  I tried it three times and each time it clumped to no end.  I ended up throwing it away (which is also kinda a small victory for me).

These powders were fine, but nothing special for me.  They were pretty light though, which is nice because I’ve been trying to wear less and less make up in general when I am not performing.  The main problem I had with the company is that the array of choices is so overwhelming, unless I was in a store to pick it out choosing over the internet is too difficult for me.  I probably won’t get these again.

Still can’t part with it, but I found it a new home… it can store all the lip balms I have yet to test out 🙂

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SO on to January’s DIY box

jan boxThis month we have:

Even though this has turned out to be much more fun than I thought it would be, I still have to wonder… where did I get all this stuff???