Chanel’s Perfection Lumière Velvet – Review

I recently decided that I’m no longer going to be loading junk onto my face. I’m going to take care of my skin by using makeup that allows my skin to breathe, use sunscreen everyday, and find a skin care routine that works and isn’t insanely harsh. Chanel was one of the first brands I thought of when I decided that I wanted some quality makeup. Initially I was intimidated by the prices associated with their cosmetics, but then I thought of all the crap makeup I’d ever bought, that was a) never the right colour, b) so cheap that it made my skin freak out or c) just so cakey or heavy. I of course wasn’t about to drop hundreds of dollars on new makeup without doing some research first. First, I decided I wanted a liquid foundation, not a powder, then I used Makeup Alley to read reviews on different Chanel liquid foundations. Basically it came down to the Perfection Lumière Velvet and the Perfection Lumière. So I went to a Chanel counter in the mall and asked which foundation would be better for my oily skin, and the Sales Associate recommended the Velvet, because it helps skin stay matte throughout the day. I left the Chanel counter that day with a sample of the Perfection Lumière Velvet in the Beige 40 and the ‘Satisfaction 89’ Rouge Coco Shine lipstick (this was an impulse buy, but well worth it).
When I got home, I immediately tested some on my face and fell in love… Or so I thought.
The next day I used the foundation all over my face. This foundation is a liquid and immediately after it’s applied, it sets as a beautiful light powder. I wore the foundation all day, and it did stay matte as promised in most places. I was still slightly oily in my t-zone, but that’s just my skin, no matter what. The Beige 40 also turned out to be too light for my skin tone, which I could fix by just buying a shade darker. I did notice that around pimples or blemishes, the makeup had dried up and made them flakey. Other than that, the makeup seemed to stay in place. When I washed my face at the end of the day I noticed that I had these little white bumps all over my chin, which I chalked up to just having started a new face washing routine. The next day I used the foundation all over my face again, and that night, same deal, more white bumps. I continued to use the foundation until my sample was done, and I had the same results. Obviously I was sad because I was so excited about using a Chanel product.

In terms of texture, I love the fact that this foundation is a liquid, and that it basically sets as a powder once applied. I did not like that it accentuated pimples or blemishes by making them flakey.
I personally loved the scent of this foundation. It has this really light, fresh, floral scent that fades after having the makeup on for a couple of hours.
I wouldn’t buy this foundation again, only because it gave me some weird acne, but everyone’s skin is different, and just because it didn’t work for my oily/acne prone skin, doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else. If you’re wanting some luxurious makeup, I would highly suggest visiting up your local Chanel counter and getting some different samples. You’re sure to find at least one thing worth splurging on that you’ll end up loving.

The Regimen

Hey all!

Just a little over two weeks ago I started a new skincare routine called “The Regimen”. It is a three step, morning and night routine for washing your face and clearing acne.

Just a little background on my skin: I currently have oily/acne-prone skin. I started getting acne when I was probably 13 or near the end of junior high. Being a teenager, I was so self conscious about it. Looking back I realize that I probably saw it as a much worse problem than everyone else, but isn’t that always how it goes? Anyways, during my first year of having acne, I would wash my face with anything from the drugstore or from Walmart that promised acne-free skin. Scrubs, foaming cleansers, gel cleansers, you name it, I’ve tried it. I remember at one point, after starting high school, I found these “all-natural” pills online, that claimed to clear your skin from the inside out. I begged my parents to buy them for me. I took them for a little while and they helped a bit but not enough to get rid of the acne. I eventually stopped taking them because they were expensive, and because I didn’t see any significant results. Eventually, I jumped on the ProActiv band wagon. I used it for roughly three months. During that time, my skin did clear, and people did notice the change. It was nice to finally have my skin somewhat under control. I say somewhat, because if I skipped a day or two, the acne was back. It clearly was not a solution. One day I guess it dawned on my parents that maybe I should see a doctor about my skin, but rather than going to a dermatologist, I just went to my family doctor. He prescribed me some pills, which, if I remember correctly, were minocycline pills. This was supposed to kill the acne from the inside. He also prescribed me a white cream of sorts that I was to apply in the morning and before bed, after washing my face. Just the pills were enough to clear my acne and control the constant oil. So I took these pills and used this cream until the acne was gone. After I stopped taking the pills and using the cream, I was able to just use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub as a daily cleanser and that was enough to keep my skin mostly clear. Then one day in high school, my skin started breaking out again. I tried to get my hands on the cream that my family doctor had prescribed me a year earlier and they had stopped making it, and my family doctor had retired, so the search began again. I went to a walk in clinic near my house and was prescribed Benzaclin. I would use this in conjunction with my apricot scrub, and it worked so well! It was the easiest skin care routine I had ever done. I would just wash my face and apply the Benzaclin. No pills involved. After doing this for a couple of years, I started getting small skin coloured zits all over my forehead. They weren’t insanely noticeable, but they were so annoying! The Benzaclin cleared every part of my face except the small bumps on my forehead. Then just recently, as in two months ago, I started to break out on my chin. At one point I had at least six pimples/zits on my chin… So frustrating! I mean, here I was, having been basically clear for years and all of a sudden, this disgusting breakout near my mouth. I gave my skin some time. I washed with my apricot scrub as usual and applied the Benzaclin. This just did nothing for the minefield of acne on my chin. So I started using a gentle toner from The Body Shop. This helped slightly, but not enough. I switched cleansers, which also didn’t work, then the acne got worse. I started getting acne on my cheeks and on my nose again, which hadn’t happened since the beginning of high school. I felt like I was being thrown right back into my teenage years of having embarrassing acne, and feeling like everywhere I went, people were staring straight into the eyes of every nasty pimple on my face. So I started doing research. I figured that because I’ve cleaned up my eating in the last couple of years, my skin might benefit a lot from also taking some vitamins. I started by taking a women’s multivitamin, some extra vitamin A which is great for skin and eye health, some zinc, and some selenium, which is a super anti-oxidant. Then after watching lots of Youtube videos and looking online, I ordered The Regimen, which you can buy from here –> Acne.Org!

The Regimen includes a gentle, foaming, facial cleanser, 2.5% Benzol Peroxide gel, and a moisturizer. You can order the system in different sizes. I bought the 8oz size, just to try it out. This size is supposed to last you roughly 30-40 days. The Regimen comes with very specific instructions, which you can read for yourself in the picture provided.

I received The Regimen on the October 2nd, and started using it that same night. Today I’m basically halfway through my first month on The Regimen. Let me just say, this stuff works. The thing that I believe to be different about it, is that the guy who created The Regimen, Dan Kern, has a list of drugstore products you can use like The Regimen, if you can’t get your hands on the actual Regimen.

The morning after using The Regimen for the first time, my skin was already better. A couple days in, my chin, jawline, and near my mouth had at least eight pimples! I know. I freaked out. I was angry, and I was sad. Every other part of my face was dry and so flaky. I’d been used to having the oiliest skin around town, and now, my skin was so dry, and so tight. Talk about extremes. For the first week, I swore off all kinds of makeup, to aid in my skin clearing up. On the 8th day, I literally was like screw it! I need the makeup. One pimple would disappear, and another big, ugly pimple would form. In a rage, I started doing more research on Acne.Org about breaking out, and was immediately comforted to know that everyone else who had ever used The Regimen had experienced an initial skin “purge”. I wasn’t alone and knew that the pimples from hell were normal. So I put on the best makeup I could find to conceal what I could. Right now I’m into Chanel’s Perfection Lumière. This was fine. Thirteen days in my skin finally started clearing up. Today, I do have scars from the giant pimples, but no new acne. My skin is still slightly dry, but nowhere near as flaky and tight as it was during the first week. I’ve really noticed that the redness in my skin is significantly reduced. My skin also has a healthy glow that I can’t really explain. It’s like my skin is the colour and tone that it’s supposed to be, and my cheeks are slightly flushed, like I’m wearing a sheer blush, it’s hard to explain, other than the scars on my chin, my skin just looks healthy. The benzol peroxide still makes me itchy and dry in some spots, but everywhere else my skin seems to have found a euphoric balance. Not dry, not oily, just normal skin. I’m still waiting on all of the dryness to disappear, but at this point I’m not worried. I know The Regimen is working. If you’re struggling with acne or cystic acne, please, please, please try The Regimen! Visit Acne.Org and do some research, read reviews, and take Dan Kern’s advice!

I’ll be doing an update when I finish my bottles of The Regimen. I’ll also be posting some lovely  before and after photos of my skin!

 

Wisconsin/Chicago

Clearly I’m horrible at posting things on time! I’ll be adding photos to this post later!

On Monday, August the 25th 2014, my boyfriend and I left Winnipeg with my aunt, uncle, cousin and his girlfriend for Wisconsin. My cousin had a basketball tournament in Chicago, and Wisconsin Dells was one of our many stops on his basketball tournament, road trip. My aunt rented a van, which my uncle drove the entire time (such a trooper!). The drive time from Winnipeg to Wisconsin is approximately eleven hours. After leaving Winnipeg on the evening of the 25th, we stopped at almost every rest area to use restrooms and take power naps. We Finally made it to Wisconsin the next day, on the 26th. We checked into our hotel later than anticipated because of our excessive stopping on the drive there. we stayed at the Mount Olympus Village in the water park, so we had a cool themed room.  My cousin, his girlfriend, Johnny and I only had a couple of hours to explore the water park so we swam and went on as many slides as we could, and we rode a roller coaster. I had a lot of “firsts” on this road trip, and one of the more exciting ones, was eating at Culver’s for the first time! They’re this fast food chain that sells burgers, fries, other standard fast food type items. Apparently, Wisconsin is pretty famous for their dairy production, so Culver’s had Wisconson Cheese Curds!!! I had cheese curds for supper that night. Mcdonald’s has nothing on Culver’s. The restaurant (can I even call it that?) itself is well known for their frozen custard and their insane flavour variety, and being an avid pumpkin lover (I don’t only “love” pumpkin in the fall) I had a pumpkin custard shake. We only stayed in Wisconsin for one night, so we were up really early the next morning, to make the three hour drive towards Chicago. Our first stop in Chicago was obviously the United Center to see the home of the Chicago Bulls, and to take a thousand photos of the Jordan Statue outside of the stadium. After seeing the statue, my cousins basketball team and everyone else on the road trip had planned to see a couple of other specific touristy spots and stop for lunch/dinner at a deep dish pizza joint, but driving around Chicago in a big group ended with us being separated from the group. Based on sheer luck, the six of us found the Navy Pier, and walked along the boardwalk and had lunch there instead. The boardwalk somewhat reminded me of the boardwalk from the Jersey Shore, which I’ve only ever seen on TV. The Navy Pier was very scenic and beautiful, had a ton of little shops and restaurants and even had a small amusement park. We mostly just had lunch here and took a lot of pictures. After having been up super early and walking around all day, we finally checked into the Comfort Inn & Suites at 530 West North Avenue in the evening and then my uncle drove up and down the main street near our hotel, until we decided to eat at a Chinese buffet a couple minutes away. Because it was 10:00PM, and because we were starving and tired, we ate as much as we could and acted as if this was the best Chinese buffet in the world. The next night, we ordered in from Giordano’s which is Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza place. The pizza was like heaven, and was so deep dish, that it had to be eaten with a fork. The bread that they send with their food, is also amazing. They’re just standard dinner rolls but they tasted like they were baked fresh! The next night I had White Castle for the first time, which I had extremely high expectations for. Everyone on the road trip was surprised that I’d never eaten at White Castle despite the fact that I’ve been to the States so many times. Let me just say that I was soooo disappointed after having White Castle. It wasn’t anything special. The food was sub par and super salty. Thumbs down.

Saturday, August 30th, was the first day of my cousins actual basketball tournament. His team won their first game. Later that night we ate at an authentic Mexican restaurant called Las Islas Marias which was a couple blocks from our hotel. This was place was the best Mexican restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. The restaurant had a very family oriented vibe in terms of the staff and the relationship that the staff had with the large families eating at the restaurant. Their menu had so many things to choose from, as well as an extensive drink menu. Our waitress was the sweetest girl ever. We ended up liking the restaurant so much, that we ate there the next night as well. The food is priced extremely well, the wait staff is amazing and quick and the food was to die for.

Sunday, my cousin played his second game, and lost, which meant they were out of the tournament, so we spent the day at the Brookfield Zoo! The weather was gorgeous so all the animals were out. I made the mistake of not dressing comfortably, so a couple hours in, my feet were hurting and my dress was irritating me. The Brookfield Zoo was so much cooler than the zoo in Winnipeg, but I guess it’s typical to think your hometown zoo is never as neat as others. The general entrance fee for adults at the zoo was roughly $17.00, which was good considering we were in the zoo looking around for more than five hours. That night, we relaxed at the hotel and did facials, which we bought, prepackaged from Walmart.

At some point on this trip, we did visit the Millennium Park, where we took super touristy photos with the giant, silver jelly bean.

The next morning, we got up early, packed, and left Chicago. We stopped in Wisconsin to get gas and have Culver’s AGAIN! YAY! So good. We drove through Minneapolis, stopped at the Eagan Outlets for six hours, spent the last of our money, then drove to Fargo. We spent the night at some chain hotel I can’t remember the name of, where nothing was working. The pool was out of order, none of the vending machines worked, and their ice dispensers were broken, but their continental breakfast had a lot of variety! On the morning of September 2nd, we checked out of the hotel, got McDonalds and Starbucks, stopped at Sam’s Club, where I impulsively purchased a Swarovski bracelet that was over $100.00, then we drove home.

My first time in Chicago was so much fun. It is definitely a neat and lively place to visit! I’m glad Johnny and I got to cross this beautiful city off of our travel list.

Tiny Tea Review: Halfway point

Yesterday was day 7 out of 14 on the Tiny Tea Teatox, and honestly I haven’t noticed anything life changing/worth blogging for paragraphs about. I will say that I have had a little bit more energy, I just feel fresh in the mornings when I wake up, but this could be for a number of different reasons. I recently got a new gel pillow that lets me sleep at night like no other, and as of late, I’ve also been taking a women’s multivitamin, and other vitamins to aid in cleaning my body from the inside out. I will do a full review on day 14. See you all then!

Reship Review

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I wanted to quickly review a mail forwarding service, called Reship that I used for the first time not too long ago. Reship is a service that you can use to ship items internationally to avoid high shipping costs, or you can use Reship to shop online at stores that don’t generally offer shipping to your country.

I was recently looking at a beautiful Tory Burch tote online, that retailed for $295.00 before taxes and shipping. I wanted to see what the final cost of it would be if I shipped it to Canada, more specifically, Winnipeg. So I signed up to receive the Tory Burch E-newsletters, and added the tote to my cart, and went through all of the prompts and filled out my personal information. When I got to the last step before actually paying, my total ended up being $372.00!!! That’s over $70.00 in just fees, taxes and shipping… Whereas, standard shipping from Tory Burch to anywhere in the United States is $4.00. This is what made me want to start shopping around for a reliable mail forwarding service. After looking online for a bit I finally decided on Reship. I decided that for my first order through Reship, I was going to place an order for something fairly cheap, and was only going to spend an amount of money, that I was willing to lose if, for some reason Reship lost my package, or it ended up being a weird scam. So I signed up.

There was a flat rate fee of $5.00 just for signing up. No big deal. After the sign up process, you’re given a U.S. Mailing Address, and you’re prompted to fill out your profile, which includes the address to which Reship should ship your items once they receive them, and the credit card to which they can charge their fee per package. On September 13th, 2014, I ordered a bracelet from a website called Max & Chloe for, $35.00. The Max & Chloe website charged me $4.95 to ship my bracelet to my Reship address in Portland, Oregon. Once Reship received my package on September 19th, they notified my by email. I logged onto my Reship account and by clicking on the “Outgoing Orders” tab, I was able to see that Reship had in fact received my bracelet! So, the next step was to start the shipping process to my home address. To ship this one package, Reship charged me a flat fee of $5.00 for handling the parcel, next, I had to pay for actual shipping from Reship to my home address, and for this they gave me the following six options:

  • USPS – USPS First Class International (Estimated up to 90 Days) – $11.75 (I picked this one because it’s obviously the cheapest)
  • USPS – USPS Priority International (Estimated 7 – 10 Business Days) – $30.96
  • DHL – DHL Express Worldwide (Estimated 2 – 5 Business Days) – $26.83
  • UPS – UPS Standard Standard (Estimated 7 – 10 Business Days) – $25.66
  • FEDEX – FedEx International Economy (Estimated 5 – 7 Days) – $45.78
  • FEDEX – FedEx International Priority (Estimated 2 – 5 Business Days) – $52.37

The intention behind me using a mail forwarding service was to save money, so I obviously went with the cheapest shipping option for $11.75. I received my bracelet in the mail today, October 8th, 2014, which makes for a total of 25 days (weekends and all) of waiting. I spent $21.70 in total on shipping for this one bracelet. Today I actually checked the Max & Chloe website just to see what they would charge for shipping straight to Canada, and it was $22.00 and some change… LOL. Sorry I had to laugh at myself because I thought I was saving so much money. Evidently not. Also, when I logged onto my Reship account to verify that they had received my bracelet, before shipping it, the website had me note the monetary value of the package, so naturally I put $35.00, so I’m thinking that Reship may charge you shipping and or fees based on what you’re shipping, and how much it costs. Who knows? I’m not about the ship a different items of different weight and value just to find out. All in all, the entire order went well, I just felt like I waited a long time to get my bracelet. I did contact Reship once through email to ask a question and they got back to me within 24 hours, so their response time was great.

Anyone ever use a mail forwarding service? Any suggestions on another company I could use for next time?

Your Tea, Tiny Tea Review

Hey guys!

I’ve been wanting to do a review of the Tiny Tea, by Your Tea Teatox for a while now, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. This isn’t the first time I’ve ordered Tiny Tea, but the last time that I did, I ordered the 28 day supply, and to be honest, I didn’t really take it seriously, and didn’t follow the rules to drinking the tea. I also ordered it almost a year ago, so I don’t remember what my eating or work out habits were like during the teatox.

So, to start, I placed my order for the 14 Day Tiny Tea supply on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014. On this day, they were having a 20% off sale, which was the ultimate factor in me buying the tea again. I received my tea on Tuesday, September 30th 2014… Less than a week later! Let me just say, I remember being impressed with the shipping speed the first time around, and was even more impressed this time. It just seems so quick, and to ship something in under five business days is amazing to me. Five stars for Your Tea’s shipping time!

Rules for drinking Tiny Tea:

The instructions say to boil water (I use the microwave), pour boiled water in an average sized mug and steep the tea for 5-7 minutes. You’re supposed to drink this tea twice a day, either 30 minutes before OR after a meal. The first time I did the teatox, the instructions said to drink it three times a day. I also drank the tea whenever it was convenient and I would skip a lot of days… Clearly I can’t follow simple instructions. The Your Tea website suggests that you clean up your eating during the teatox, and do some form or exercise. They even have an eating plan along with recipes on their website, which you can reference during the teatox.

For those of you who follow me, I plan on following the 17 Day Diet, Cycle 1, eating plan during my teatox, just because I’ve had success with it in the past. You can read my review on the 17 Day Diet here. Just as a heads up, I already started the teatox on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, so I’m already 5 teabags in, including the one I’m drinking right now.

I don’t plan on blogging every day about drinking the tea, my eating and how much I workout, but I will blog after my first week in, and then obviously at the end of the teatox. Wish me luck!