Oil Is Mightier Than The Sword?

They say oil is mightier than the sword…or in this case oil is mightier than many over priced skin products.

I was recently referred to Palmer’s Skin Therapy Face Oil by my friend Barb.  Now Barb is a skin product expert – not by trade, but by research and her own personal experience. If you want to know about a skin product just call Barb and I can guarantee she has thoughts on it. So, when I got an e-mail from Barb telling me this was a must have I went on a mission to find it.

Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil

So, I have now been using Palmer’s Face Oil for about a month. This little bottle is quite something. It claims to  “Transform your skin with a powerful blend of 10 pure precious oils, Retinol, Vitamin C and our exclusive Cetesomate-E® Complex. Skin restorative oils along with natural Cocoa Butter, Retinol and Vitamin C deliver multi-purpose, anti-aging skin benefits.”

Now, I can’t say it is a complete transformation, but I can say that my dry skin is the most moisturized it as been in a very long time and does have a certain glow to it that had recently been missing. My face is smoother and some of the fine lines that have been setting in don’t seem as noticeable. Also, for an oil product it isn’t greasy. A couple of drops goes a long while and I can really feel it absorbing into my skin. This is the best $10 I have spent in a very long while.

I have liked it so much that I went back for Skin Therapy Oil for Body and have been adding a couple of pumps of it to my Nova Scotia Fisherman Lotion for my arms and legs.

Both the Palmer’s Face and Body lotion smell great and are Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, and Phthalate Free which is a bonus.

Here is the trick in Canada – it is only available at Walmart.  Now, what are you waiting for?  Your face will thank you.


A Treat For Your Lips

Ok, ok….so I’ve been slacking off on my Blog.  I admit it.  But for good reason.  My spare time has been spent figuring out how I am going to reno my new place.  There’s been no time to covet anything other than kitchen cupboards, appliances and paint colours.  So, prepare for a giant surge in Home section posts from me.

That said, I have stumbled across a lip product that I love.  I am a lip gloss/balm girl.  I have every Stila Lip Glaze palette that comes on the market, about forty Maybelline Baby Lips….it’s so bad I had to ban myself from purchasing any lip gloss for six months.  Part of my avoidance of lip stick was that I always felt it got cakey, never stayed on and made me look like a creepy birthday party clown (come on….you have to admit clowns are creepy).

Lip gloss can only take a girl so far.  Sometimes you just want to be able to pull off a bold, matte, Taylor Swift red lip.  In order to do that, this girl needs a primer…and I have found one!  Mèreadesso Clear Lip Treats.

mereadesso lip treats

Sold in a convenient two pack, it contains evening primrose, grape seed, coconut and sunflower oils, enhanced by the added benefits of Vitamins C and E. It’s a great primer, doesn’t leave a waxy build up and I’ve been slapping it on at night before bed as well for a little extra moisture!  These little guys are supposed to last three months each and come in neutral colour balms as well.

Pick them up on the Mèreadesso on-line shop. 

My Jogging Clarks

There was a time when Clarks Shoes were considered your Grandma’s shoes.  How times have changed!  Don’t get me wrong, the classic Clarks of days gone by are still very much available.  It is just that they have a growing collection of contemporary looks, that still provide the comfort and quality we’ve come to expect from the Clarks name while still allowing my fetish for great shoes to be fed.

As a person, that can spend a lot of time on their feet at work events I have coined a few pairs of my Clarks heels as my “jogging clarks”!  I can walk or stand in them for hours with no ill effects to my feet or the rest of my body.  Someone deserves and award for that.  As a bonus, Clarks are available in a great size range and various widths as well.

I’ve got my eyes on two pairs of Clarks right now.   The Crumble Cream in Natural Snake can go with jeans or a skirt…add a pop of fun to any outfit.  Plus, the Dalhart Sorbet in Grey Shingle is great neutral shoe that will be perfect for work, but also with enough detail and style for a night out.

I had better make some space on my shoe racks.

Clarks Crumble Cream

Crumble Cream

Clarks Dalhart Sorbet

Dalhart Sorbet

Nova Scotia Fisherman Lotion

The Maritimes have brought many great things to Canada – Anne of Green Gables, Anne Murray, incredible scenery, sociable people, Matt Mays…. and now we can add another thing to that list.  Nova Scotia Fisherman Lotion.

Nova Scotia Fisherman Lotion

Gifted to me by my best friend Keri just in the nick of time to save my winter dry as a bone skin.  It is the lotion that keeps on giving!  It goes on smooth, but not greasy, is all natural and really has made a difference for my skin.  I swear I can actually see it absorbed by my skin as I put it on.  It must be that Nova Scotia Sea Kelp.  Not to mention it’s vegan, never tested on animals and paraben free!

Nova Scotia Fisherman doesn’t stop at great ingredients, a portion of every sale benefits the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Top Five Christmas Wishes

I’m not sure whether I have been Naughty or Nice this year.  It is really hard to say!!  On the off chance that I made Santa’s nice list here are the five things I’m hoping of under the tree this year.

How about you?  What’s on your Christmas list?  Fill me in!


Running for On The Run

I love this time of year at Sephora.  Value sets all over the place, great new product coming out for the holidays, the ability to buy two things pretending like they are both presents, but knowing full well I am keeping one for myself.  It’s a magical time of year.

A great palette for this year has just come out for Cyber Monday four days in advance of it’s arrival in stores.  The new Urban Decay Naked On The Run palette is a limited-edition, all-in-one travel palette loaded with eye shadows, blush, bronzer, lip gloss, and mascara—everything needed for a complete Naked makeup look all in one handy little set.  Add a couple brushes to your bag and a BB Cream and you have everything you need for a perfect travel look.

naken on the run urban decay

I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay eye shadows – especially in the Naked line of products.  Combined with their Eyeshadow Primer Potion and they are classic colours that apply well, last all day and are very versatile.

As soon as I saw this on-line I ordered one for my sister for Christmas.  Erin…if you are reading this and it is after Christmas and this wasn’t under the tree for you…I’m sorry…I kept it for myself…

Get one for yourself over at Sephora!

Top Ten Vacation Beauty Products

With non-stop rain hitting Vancouver and no end in sight, my mind has been regularly drifting towards a sunny Winter vacation.  Luckily I have one scheduled!  We have a week of golf and pool time to look forward to in February in the Desert.

Packing has never been my strong suit.  Having been regularly mocked about how much I bring with me on vacation, whether it be shoes, clothes or make-up, I have endeavored to cut what I bring on the road with me.  One area where I have really trimmed down is the beauty products I take when traveling.  That said there are certain things I would never give up.

Here are my Top Ten Vacation Beauty Products.  These will all be coming away with me this year.  How about you?  Any beauty must haves for your vacations?  Fill me in!


This Shirt Is Forever Mine….Faithfully.

I am not ashamed to admit that I have been searching for the perfect Journey t-shirt for a while.  Listen, Arnel Pineda sings like an angel and Neal Schon’s version of O’Canada on the electric guitar is truly epic.

So, imagine my delight when I came across this bad boy on Mod Cloth this week.

Mod Cloth Journey Tee

The Look Who’s Rocking Tee is everything I wanted in a Journey t-shirt.  It’s so much more detailed than a standard concert tee, stretch knit for comfort and a great price point too!  This is going to look great with skinny jeans, big chunky sweater and motorcycle boots this Fall.  I’m going to be welcoming this shirt with Open Arms to my wardrobe.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

If you haven’t spent any time on Mod Cloth I highly recommend it.  They are one of the top e-retailers of indie clothing featuring unique clothing and decor.  Plus they follow that up with great service, helpful on-line customers reviews and fast shipping.  I especially like that they have clothing for all shapes and sizes.

Now, get over there and get yourself this shirt!  Last I checked there was only six left in stock.

Baby Your Lips

A while ago I had to ban myself from buying Lip Balm and Lip Gloss.  My lip product purchase habit was getting so ridiculous friends were recommending a 12 step program to overcome it.   So, it is killing to to write this post and not be able to take advantage of this myself.

Maybelline Baby Lips are a staple in my purse.  While, I can’t say they do everything they claim to do e.g. visibly reborn lips in 4 weeks.  I can say that my lips are softer, more hydrated, it lasts a long time and the SPF 20 in the formula is a major bonus.  There is a serious plethora of colours too including six shades of the original blend, with Crystal  & Dr Rescue, the medicated options, now available.

Baby Lips Maybelline

BONUS – Rexall has these on sale this week for $2.99.  So get on down there before the weather changes and get ready for winter.  No one wants chapped lips.  Seriously, no one.  While you are there get a few for me.  My self imposed ban goes till the New Year.

Face Saver

Most of my friendpurity made simple gels know about my borderline obsession with skin care products.  Believe me, when you hit 30 one day you look in the mirror and realize you don’t recognize the person staring back at you.  How did those wrinkles appear overnight?  Who is this middle age person staring back at me?  I’m constantly on the look out for the next great product.  That said, the one thing that never changes in my routine is my face cleanser.  Purity Made Simple foaming 3-in-1 cleaning gel by Philosophy is everything I need in a cleanser. It cleans my face without drying it out, improves overall tone and literally melts the make-up off at the end of the day with no effort.  You combine with with the Clarisonic (aka the thing that saved my skin’s life) and you have an unbeatable one-two punch of facial cleansing.  As a bonus you only need a little bit of it each use so a bottle lasts a good, long time. Unsure if it is right for you?  Hit up your local Philosophy counter.  Their staff are super knowledgeable and can give you samples to take home before you make your decision.