Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Shea Butter, the Miracle Product!

Recently I purchased an 8 oz tub of 100% unrefined shea butter from a little shop in downtown Vancouver called Touch of Africa. Shea butter has been raved about in the beauty world for a long long time now and I wanted to see why.

It is very thick, but melts with your body heat. Shea butter can be yellow or beige depending on which part of Africa it's from; people there call it "Women's Gold" since it generates income for the villages and women living in Africa.  Promising softer skin, wrinkle repair, rash or even bug bite relief, it's a multipurpose butter you can improve your skin with and even eat! It comes in different forms, the best kind is unrefined shea butter that's just been taken from the fruit of the karite tree with no filtering or processing done to it. The more processing it has had, the less good stuff the butter will keep.

I bought it originally to use as a leave in hair conditioner for my bleached and fried hair. It's VERY thick. I put a little it in my hair and it made my normally fluffy waves look like professor Snape's mop! My hair looked too greasy to even tell if my condition had improved! It was quite difficult to wash out but with a lot of shampoo and a little rough work it eventually came out. I don't recommend that you use pure shea butter for hair care,  however,whipping the butter can make it light enough to use in your mane. I'm going to try that next time so I don't become a greaseball!

What shea butter looks like post whipping

Since my original purpose was shot down, I started using it as a body & hand moisturizer. HOLY COW...I've never, ever, EVER had a better hand cream! It can be a little greasy at first but give it a minute or two to sink in and my hands felt like a baby's bottom! They were smooth, firm, and beautifully soft. It works the same way for my body too but I noticed the biggest difference in my hands. The man who sold it to me also said I can ingest the butter by mixing a small spoonful into hot water or tea. I don't remember what the benefits are from drinking it but it has to do with prevention of some gastric problems.

Even though it's an amazing moisturizer, I have some issues with the's rank man! If I were to describe the scent to you it'd be that it smells like faint cow manure; good thing once you apply it to your skin or hair it doesn't have a scent anymore!  I learned that shea butter can smell a little stinky because some people that make it ferment the shea seeds before extracting the butter or because dirty water was used to make it. The scent is starting to fade now into a more woodsy smell, the natural smell of unrefined shea butter.

It was about 21 CAD including tax (which is a little steep considering a whole pound, 16 oz, of shea butter online costs around 8 dollars...but...I didn't know that when I was buying it :(...)  Hey, at least I was able to help an independently owned shop out and find the most amazing hand cream in the world! I'm so grateful there are karite trees, it's also women's gold here in North America where we benefit from its amazing healing, softening, and beautifying properties!

If you ever decide to try an all natural product or do a DIY that needs a moisturizing butter. Opt for shea butter because it truly does wonders for the skin!

Thanks for reading and ciao for now!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

So long GFC and hello Bloglovin!

In case you guys didn't know, google reader is shutting down which means if you follow me on GFC (Google friend connect), after July 1st you won't be able to read my blog from blogger anymore. You'll need to follow me via bloglovin to keep up with my feed so please follow me with

I'm not too sure about the details yet but if you guys use Google reader for your blog feeds you may wanna switch out before July 1st hits! Just a heads up!

Thanks for reading, I truly appreciate every single one of my readers!

Ciao for now!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Review

Ta dah! Another review for all my blog chicas and chicos. The item of interest: Maybelline's The Rocket Volume Express Mascara!

The Rocket claims it will give your lashes 8 times more volume all the while leaving no clumps! That sounds like lash heaven to me! Upon first opening it I felt like the formula was really wet. I've had some bad experiences with wet mascara formulas (since they made my lashes droop) but I'm extremely impressed with this one! True to its word, it volumizes your lashes like no other, I don't think I've ever tried another mascara that makes my eyes so Jessica Rabbit like! It's lengthening ability is pretty good as well, under-endowed lashes will get a kick out of this mascara! If what you're looking for is drama, The Rocket scores a perfect 10!

What the brush head looks like, it's not silver! My camera flash was on ^_^"

Though the wand is relatively big, it has small bristles that really helps when you want to add some va-vavoom to your bottom lashes. The wand is half the magic in a good mascara so kudos to you Maybelline for this one! The lasting power is amazing as well! A whole day without any flakes makes me smile with glee! To nit pick about its down sides, The Rocket does sometimes clump a tad, but it's not very noticeable and easily fixed with a lash comb!

You can find this mascara in any drugstore ranging from around 5 - 9 dollars (which is a fair price). The packaging is quite cute, tapered on both ends with a blue and pink color scheme. I like!

For sure a recommend! If you wanna glamorize a night out, or just look fabulous on a day to day basis, go for the gold...or...erm...the blue with The Rocket!

Thanks for reading and ciao for now~! <3

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Maybelline's Baby Lips Lip Balm Review

There's been a lot of hub bub about this little tube of lip balm for a while now so I caved in to the buzz and decided to give it a go myself. It's a balm promising to moisturize your lips for 8 hours and to, over time, make them more supple, soft, and less dry. That's a tall order for a tiny little tube! Anyway, Maybelline's Baby Lips lip balm has been raved about for so long by many prominent beauty bloggers that you might be sick of hearing about it. If you're still sticking around, here's my 2 cents on it.

I got the one in Pink Punch since I like to go for shades like this. The packaging is very cute for sure and by gosh they put a lot of product in this stick! A whopping 4.4 grams that will last you until the apocalypse! It smells nice too...a light and candy-like scent that reminds me a little of gobstoppers. At first use I found it to be smooth but not the nicest feeling of balms. It felt a little like PVA glue on my lips which isn't very pleasant. The application is good however and you won't have any drag happening over the lips. Unfortunately, this lip balm will not last you 8 hours a single application but it does improve the look of your lips over time!

Personally, I prefer lip balms that leave my lips feeling refreshed, even tingly; but this one makes them feel glued over a bit. The moisturizing aspect is good though and for 4 dollars, I'm not going to complain too much about that.

One of the best parts about this product is the color it gives! I LOVE the baby pink it tints my pout; it's sheer but gives my lips a healthy look and adds some shine too. If you are aiming for a natural look, Baby Lips in Pink Punch will definitely help you out here!

The Baby Lips line also carries a Peppermint balm so maybe I'm using the wrong one and not being fair by saying it's not refreshing...keep your eyes peeled for a possible review on the Peppermint one!

In general, I would recommend this product! It does it's job and even adds some color to your face! If you aren't finicky with wanting a tingling after feel, this product is for you!

Thanks for reading and ciao for now!

Monday, 4 March 2013

A Walk in the Late Winter Sun

Most of the time, it rains where I live so in the rare situation that the sun decides to come out I must go outside and enjoy it! Nothing like a good walk in warm sunlight to brighten your mood! It was really windy but I was still able to take some pictures and have fun! Here's a few shots of the beautiful bay area I went around.

There were couple guys on these cool bikes that moved around by large parachutes catching the wind! It was really fun to watch...I bet it was more fun to be on the actual parachute bike!

I was really lucky to get up close with a golden eagle! I wish my camera would zoom in even more but this was as far as I dared venture near it. Didn't want to disturb this beautiful bird!

...andddd a super cliche shot of flowers pre-bloom. At least it's pretty!

I never thought I'd enjoy photography but this was kind of fun~

So yeah, a little photo heavy this blog around but the scenery was so gorgeous I just had to share! Had an awesome weekend and got to enjoy the sun! How was your weekend? 

Thanks for reading and ciao for now~!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach Shower Gel Review

When you wash yourself with this body wash you feel like you're cleaning yourself in fuzzy peaches! It's amazing! I curse the holy heavens that they don't sell this in stores anymore! Oh well, not too late to hope they bring it back or look online for it! If you're really desperate, they do have the body scrub and lotion in the exact same scent!

It's soap free meaning it won't dry out your skin as easily and lathers like a dream with the help of a loofah. The scent is delicate, not overpowering so it only lingers a while after you use it but is an absolute delight when it makes your shower smell like those yummy gummy peach candies! 

You will be clean and refreshed after using this shower gel, at $12.95 for 250 ml, you get to enjoy that feeling for a long time to come!

Definitely recommend if you can get your hands on this product! The entire Vineyard Peach line at The Body Shop is just amazing!

Thanks for reading and ciao for now~!

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