Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Drugstore Madness. Just Madness.

Alright, it's not really madness. Just a few new things!! These were all going to be a part of the "Beauty Products" blog I posted on Monday, but it was just getting so long that I decided to split it up into two posts. Hopefully you checked out the LUSH blog with the first half of this bundle of goodies! Now onto the drugstores.

Shoppers Drug Mart:

Soap & Glory Hand Food
- $10 for 125 mL / 4.2 fl oz

I mentioned in my LUSH blog how busted my hands have been and that I've been scooping up some new hand creams to try to remedy the problem. This Soap & Glory hand cream is like a wonderful, non-greasy whipped cream for your hands. It seriously comes out of the tube like a whipped little dollop of sweet-looking goodness - like you're squeezing a tube of soft, white marshmallow. Hand Food actually does contain marshmallow, as well as shea butter, macadamia oil, and a whole slew of other weird shit. I'm so happy I bought it. I'm actually kind of flying through this tube - maybe I should pace myself!

Soap & Glory Hand Food, hand cream in a cute pink bottle!

I always browse the Essence section at my local Shoppers Drug Mart because there's often something new in their "nail art" line, and it's always inexpensive. This time was no diffffff.

Essence Nail Art Stickers - $1.99

I'll likely use these as striping tape, rather than as actual stickers. I've only attempted taped stripes on my nails once before, but since the strips of tape were a total DIY on my part, they weren't that uniform... and the stripes overall didn't turn out that great once the tape strips were removed. Hopefully these strips of nail stickers (which I will trim down and use as needed) will make my stripes look like a big girl made them, rather than a first grader. At $1.99, it doesn't hurt to try them out!

Essence nail art stickers, strips of nail stickers

Essence Effect Nails 3D Glitter (in black and silver) - $2.49

So you may remember that several months back, I tried out the Essence 3D Effect nail art pearls. (Actually it's one of my most popular blogs!) The success of those cute little pearls gave me high hopes for the Essence 3D Glitter in the same line of products.

Guys, I can't stress enough how bad of an idea this glitter product is.  I immediately regretted using it, but still I pressed on to try to make it work. I even removed it all and tried again, I was so willing to make it work. But no.

Essence Effect Nails black and silver glitter

First, I'll show you what it looks like...

Essence Effect 3D nail art, black and silver glitter

Doesn't it look really cool - like it wouldn't suck at all? Yeah, that's what I thought, too.

3D nail art, black and silver glitter from Essence

Here are the problems:

1. The glitter adheres to your wet base coat but it leaves stubborn patches, so it was terribly impossible to achieve uniform density of the glitter across my entire nail.

2. Loose glitter makes a huge mess, in general. I don't know what I was thinking! On top of the normal surface area that gets dusted with glitter, there's also the "after" effects of dealing with glitter - you know, when you discover a rogue speck of it next to your eyeball three days later. #IKnowYouKnowWhatIMean. #DontFront.

Those two problems were pretty killer. I almost wish I hadn't bought it at all. Almost.

As a final note about this glitter - if you DO buy it, do not try to roll your wet nail into it, the way you would with the Essence 3D Pearls. That will result in a weird, chunky, smooshed, goopy glitter application. And whatever you do - don't add a top coat. You will feel like a total chump if you do that. Go ahead and try it if you don't believe me. I dare you to see how it looks with top coat. Hint:  It's not attractive.

The Doctor's Night Guard - $36.99 (ON SALE. FML. This thing costs $20 in the States!)

I didn't take a picture of my new night guard before I molded it and started using it, but you can see what a new one looks like here. I wear a night guard every night while I sleep because otherwise I will grind the bejesus out of my teeth. This night guard needs to be replaced every once in awhile, and I was due for my replacement... even though the price tag almost made me want to barf. It's definitely more affordable in the US! Anyone else grind their teeth? You better take care of that shit! You'll regret it, if you don't!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jade Jump - $6.49

I saw this nail polish and was all, "Whaaaa?!" and then I snatched it off the shelf before anyone else could beat me to it. It comes off a bit minty in this picture, but in real life it's got more of a jade-mint quality to it. I hadn't seen this color before from the Insta-Dri line... it's new to me! I'm a sucker for anything jade OR minty, so this was a double-whammy. I haven't used it yet but it swatches beautifully - super, super opaque... and potentially non-streaky. We'll see.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Jade Jump

London Drugs:

London Drugs is the other "big" drug store in Vancouver that I was introduced to after moving to Canada. There's a sizeable one down the street from my gym, so there always seems to be a good (enough) reason to juuuust pop inside to see what they've got. Some of the beauty blogs I'd been reading while I was home in Massachusetts were the catalyst for these next two purchases...

Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Balm in Berry Soft - on sale for $3.99

With a handful of Baby Lips balms already in my stash, it's safe to say I am a fannnn of these inexpensive little guys. When they come out with new flavors or new varieties, I am - how you say? - all about that shit. I heard about the new Dr. Rescue medicated balms and scooped one up as soon as I could! These balms are medicated with menthol, which gives them a eucalyptus smell and creates a cooling sensation on your lips. Dr. Rescue comes in 6 different shades; I chose Berry Soft, which definitely goes on lighter than it looks.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Berry Soft

Maybelline claims that Dr. Rescue balms do the following:  "In 1 minute, lips feel soothed. In 1 day, lips look more smooth. In 1 week, lips are renewed." That's probably not all 100% accurate, but the product actually has made a difference for me.  My lips felt noticeably smoother after about 3 days of use. Note that the package says not to use this balm more than 4x per day - it doesn't say that anywhere on the tube itself, so it's possibly important to note this before you throw the package away. Not sure what will happen if you go ahead and use it that 5th time... Maybe your lips turn into MJ's werewolf character at the beginning of Thriller? I'm not going to risk it.

Revlon Parfumerie nail polish in Balsam Fir - $6.95 for 0.4oz

These are a scented line of polishes from Revlon. Throwback to the 90s, you say? Maybe. And that's fine with me! This polish actually does smell like some sort of a fir tree - I will give them that. I love this color, and it would have been helpful if I'd found it when Emerald was the Color of the Year. If all goes as planned, you'll see this polish in a mani on Friday.

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish in Balsam Fir

Sally Hansen Strengthening Fast & Gentle Nail Polish Remover - $3.99

I haaated the smell of my last polish remover. I had to wash my hands 3 times before the smell of it would start to fade from my fingers. The end of that bottle was finally near, and I couldn't wait to get a replacement. Once this Sally Hansen remover came home with me and I realized how much more pleasant it smelled than my Quo remover, I literally dumped the last half-inch of my other remover down the drain. I wanted nothing else to do with it!

Sally Hansen Strengthening Fast & Gentle nail  polish remover

Well thanks for making it through another obnoxiously long blog post about new beauty products. I didn't realize that it was going to turn into several mini-reviews! Hope you found some of it useful in your own beauty product endeavors.

Have you tried any of these products?

How is your week going?

Whatcha wearin'? ;)

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  1. I WANT ALL OF THESE THINGS!! Except maybe the glitter. Those nail art strips are FREAKING DARLING I WANT THEM ALL!! I also grind my teeth but have never worn a guard--maybe I'll have to pick one of those suckers up. And chicka! Nearly double the price!?! YAK! Purchase it on your next home visit!!!!! <3 <3 <3

  2. ive been waiting for the medicated baby lips to show up at my drugstore!! really want to try them.

  3. Sally Hansen has the best nail polish removers EVER.


  4. Okay so now I want both of those nail polishes... like I need more nail polish! ;) I'm glad you like the Dr. Rescue Baby Lips... I have four and love them all!
    I'm a huge fan of Hand Food too, and unfortunately mine just ran out. I think I'm going to cut the top open to get every last drop before I buy a new one. :)

    xo Always, Abby

  5. Ok. I keep hearing how great Baby Lips I MUST try this!!! Thank you for sharing.


    1. They're inexpensive and their packaging comes in cute colors, to boot! ;)

  6. Oh Bailey! I love trying new hand creams. Like, really super duper moisturizing ones. This wasn't even on my radar, so I'm glad you mentioned it!!


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