Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bellabe Facial Hair Remover from Nail Polish Canada

Good evening, dear readers! :D

Recently I was asked if I would like to review the Bellabe Facial Hair Remover from Nail Polish Canada.

I love reviewing things, and as I have do have longer hairs on my face than I would like (they may be mostly blonde, but I don't want a mustache! :(), I definitely said yes!

Normally I either shave, pluck, or get my sister to thread the hairs off.  I was curious to see how well the Bellabe would stand up to the other methods.

According to the website:
"The Bellabe Facial Remover uses a unique precision spring to remove unwanted coarse facial hairs or "peach fuzz" from the roots. Bellable works best on unsightly hair above the lip, on the chin, sideburns and cheeks. It can be used over and over again and is a much faster method of hair removal then plucking.
To use Bellabe, start by flexing the spring into an upside down “U” than apply to the face and gently roll the handles. No wax or creme is required as the coils of the spring will trap and remove the follicles and hairs. Bellabe is easy to use and practically painless."- nailpolishcanada.com
(Image from nailpolishcanada.com)
These retail for $15.00 Can., and come in 8 colour options:


(Image from Nail Polish Canada)

Here is the product after I first received it:

It comes in a really cute tube for storage!

It also came with a folded sheet of instructions.



So, as I had been growing out my facial hair for this review, I was quite excited to be without a mustache again.

It sometimes takes a few turns to get the wire to grip onto some hairs, but once it does, it's NOT letting go!!

This really does exactly what it will say it will do, except for the "practically painless" part.  While some areas were a little less sensitive than others, I'm not going to lie; this HURT!  At one point my eyes were watering and my nose got runny. But in all seriousness, I'm technically ripping hairs out of my face, so regardless of the method, it's going to hurt.  I didn't expect it to be pain-free, so I went into this with that in mind. 

It hurts just like tweezing hurts, or threading with thread.  But it is faster than those I find, as it covers more area and can pull out more hair faster.  It's also more effective than shaving, as the hair takes longer to grow back in and you aren't left with blunt hair edges.  Another bonus: you can't cut yourself with this, like you can do with razor blades (I may or may not have done this...).

The before and after:


And for those of you who want to see just how well it grips the hairs:

(Eeew!! XD)

This is an extremely effective product, and I give it two thumbs up for working as well as it does.  

In short: (to me!) it really hurts, but it really works. It does redden the skin for a while (as you can see on my "after" photo), so I would suggest doing this a while before going out anywhere.  I think I'll try this again after numbing my skin a bit with ice and see how that goes.  Also keep in mind that I have very low pain tolerance and very sensitive skin, so the pain and redness could vary greatly per person.

I'm very glad to have been able to try this!

Have you tried this method of facial hair removal before? (That is, if you have any facial hair that you want to remove)

Have a wonderful day! :D

-Ash

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Demeter Fragrance Review - Laundromat

Good evening, dear readers!

Today I have a review of Demeter Fragrance's Laundromat.


(Image from demeterfragrance.com)

According to demeterfragrance.com:

"This is simply the freshest, cleanest scent imaginable, just like clean clothes right out of the dryer. It is inevitably, the most comforting, comfortable scent in the Library. 

J.F. Cantrell noticed that personal washing machines were a luxury many of his neighbors could not afford. On April 18th, 1934, Mr. Cantrell opened the first Laundromat, in Fort Worth, Texas. At Demeter, we celebrate April 18th as the inspiration for the freshest, cleanest scent we know, our version of Laundromat cologne."



This smells lighly floral with a hint of fake lilac, with some soapyness.  I asked my sister what she smelled, and she said "grandma's house".  And it does smell like my grandma's house!  I know that isn't particularly helpful to my readers, but I got to give it to Demeter for bringing up scent memories.

I don't get "laundry" when I smell this, and when I think of soapiness in the scent, it's more decorative hand soaps (particularly ones I smelled in the 1990's) than laundry detergent.

Its a very mild scent that stays close to the skin, and the initial strength really dies down a lot faster than many of the Demeter fragrances I have tried.

It's hard to say what exactly you will be reminded of when you smell this, as how it turns out on me will not necessarily be how it turns out on you.  Not only that, but when you work with finding a fragrance for something like a laundromat, there are so many variables that can affect customer opinion.  The products that I've used in laundry and the products that I've smelled other people use could be vastly different than someone in another home or country.  So for all I know, this could smell exactly like a laundromat in the creators town.

I'm sure this will be a pleasing scent for many, and while it may not be something that I will wear often, I'm glad that to have been able to try it out.  It was a nice surprise having something to bring back more memories of my grandmother, as this did.

I hope you have a wonderful day, and I'll be back with more Demeter reviews soon!

-Ash

Friday, July 10, 2015

Demeter Fragrance Review - Lilac

Good afternoon, dear readers!

Today I have another Demeter Fragrance review for you, and this one is for Lilac.

(Image from demeterfragrance.com)

From Demeter Fragrance:
"Beautiful spring flowers, driving by it perhaps, a quick burst of intense, almost overwhelming, scent...We're in danger of some "purple prose" here, we know. But, we do love it.

Lilac grows as a shrub or small tree up to 20 feet in height producing a crowd of erect stems, clothed with spirally arranged flakes of bark. It is covered with smooth shoots and leaves, usually heart-shape and 2 to 6 inches long. Our concern, however, is with the fragrance and unforgettable flowers."

My family has had beautiful lilac bushes growing in our backyard for many years (over twenty), and every spring the air fills with their glorious scent.  I've always enjoyed the fragrance, but was sad to learn that I couldn't buy lilac essential oil, as it cannot be properly extracted.  It is too delicate, and gets ruined in extraction processes.

So, when I learned that Demeter had a lilac cologne, I had to try it!


There are definite hints of something similar to lilac, and as my sister said we can see where they are going with this, but it's not quite a true lilac scent.  As lilac is hard to do I cannot really fault them for this, and the fragrance is rather lovely.  I find it to be a delicate, soapy floral, and I think that many people would enjoy this.  My sister liked it a lot, so I gave it to her.  I like it as well, but I think it suits her more than me.

I've read reviews where other people thought it smelled exactly like lilacs, but I think it is a bit different.  It is still really pleasant though! :D

I would suggest giving this a try if you are a lilac fan, as there are similarities of it in there.  I think one of the best ways for me to describe it would be: if I had to smell it without knowing what it was and wearing a blindfold, I would think "hey, that's lilac fragranced" vs. "this is a bunch of lilac flowers."  So you can get that it's lilac, but to me it's not 100% exact.  All in all I'm very glad that I got to try it.

Are you a fan of any Demeter fragrances?

Have a wonderful day! :D

-Ash



Thursday, July 09, 2015

Demeter Fragrance Review - Pumpkin Pie

Good morning, dear readers!

Today I have a review of Demeter Fragrance's Pumpkin Pie.


According to demeterfragrance.com:

"What Thanksgiving would be complete without Pumpkin Pie? The memories of the laughter in the air and the smell coming from the kitchen dominates; pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, a touch of ginger and hint of cloves.

When it comes to Thanksgiving we all have special and fond memories, whether it is of a special guest, the origin of a family tradition, or a particular reason to be thankful. Our fondest memories of Thanksgiving are the ones of childhood. The family would gather at grandmother's to celebrate. There had to have been at least 50 or more of us there. The kids would be outside playing, while the women were in the kitchen cooking and the men where in the living room watching football on TV (not very millennium, but that's how it was).

And, of course, there is the rest of the story. According to a study at the Monell Institute in Philadelphia, the smell of Pumpkin Pie increases the arousal level in men by 40%. Maybe our mothers and grandmothers intuitively knew this as truth; the Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook, circa 1965, says it best: 'Men love Pie'."


Originally I thought about saving this review for September, but I changed my mind.  I think pumpkin pie is so delicious, and I love how much it reminds me of fall (surprisingly I'm the only person in my whole immediate family that actually likes it!) 

When I saw this listed on the Demeter web page, I absolutely had to get it!  Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons, and I tend to get very nostalgic for them during spring and summer.  I've been especially craving those seasons lately as the weather has been getting too hot for me and it's making me grumpy. :(

So, on a hunt for scents that reminded me of those beautiful months and to cheer myself up, I grabbed several vials of various fragrances hoping to bring me some relief until those seasons actually arrive again.  

When I first spray Pumpkin Pie on me, I get... pumpkin pie!  (Hahah sorry, I had to!).  I get the spices and some pumpkin puree, and it smells glorious!  After a few moments (seriously, really fast) the cinnamon comes out and dominates the fragrance, and it turns into a scent very reminiscent of cinnamon heart candies.  It flickers between that and cinnamon festive candles, but I find it's slightly more on the candy side of the spectrum.  I don't notice much in the way of crust, as some other reviewers get.  Also the actual pumpkin part does fade really fast, and isn't noticeable for long, leaving you with a mainly spicy scent.  

While I hoped that it would have more pumpkin in it and that it would stick around for longer, I do really enjoy cinnamon hearts and I like this cologne!  It's a warm, spicy scent that cheers me up, and I think I may pick up the splash size in a future order.  I'd wear it in the autumn (or when I want to think of autumn!) and winter (especially around Valentine's Day!).  :D

I'll be back soon with more Demeter reviews!

Take care and have a wonderful day :D

-Ash

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Demeter Fragrance Review - Thunderstorm

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Today I have a review of the Demeter Fragrance Thunderstorm.
(Image from demeterfragrance.com)

According to demeterfragrance.com:

"Have you ever considered the olfactory side of rain? You know it's coming, you can smell it in the air (exactly!).

It does seem that on summer days when it is hot and dry, with a thunderstorm brewing just over the next hill, you can `smell the rain. Well, you can smell something, but rain? Have you ever tried to smell this same rain in January when the ground is frozen solid? Not a chance, but when the ground and plants are warmer, you can smell something. What you really smell comes not from the air, but the ground! Plants release oils that enter the soil and blend with the other earthy odors. These odors are released into the air when the relative humidity at ground level exceeds 75 percent. Moist humid air will transmit odors far better than dry air. In these moist humid conditions we notice these odors more readily. And since rain is so often connected with moist humid air, we tend to associate one with the other.

The Demeter Fragrance Thunderstorm captures this complex sensory moment perfectly. Like poetry, Thunderstorm is subtle and difficult to define, but real, with Thunderstorm reflecting the deep and violent nature of a summer storm."



I was pretty excited to try this one, as was my sister.  We both got samples of it, and she tried it first, and I after. :D

The samples were 3ml and retailed for $2.06 USD (usually $2.50 but they were on sale).

Sadly...it didn't smell like petrichor to us.

There were some grassy notes at the beginning, some watery notes (definitely!), and some artificial soil.  On my sister the fragrance went almost straight to dirt after the initial grassy burst (also artificial smelling), and on myself there were some watermelon rind/almost cucumber notes.  The whole while though there was an underlying 'men's cologne' tinge to it, and when I had the perfume on for hours, that was mainly what I smelled. My sister even got an almost leathery note, which we think was the soil part of the scent.  I found the soil kind of smelled like the old 'dirt' Crayola fragranced crayon.  XD

Although Demeter Fragrances are unisex, I think I would prefer to smell this on a man instead of myself.  My sister thinks I can pull it off, but I find I end up getting distracted (sadly not in a good way) when wearing this, and a bit queasy if I keep smelling it.  However, 4 hours or so later I think it smelled nice on my arm, being barely there at that point and almost reminiscent of spice.

So Thunderstorm didn't work for us, but fragrance is such a personal thing. I have seen both good and bad reviews for this, but it depends on what you prefer and how fragrance develops with your personal chemistry.

I'm looking forward to reviewing more of Demeter's offerings! :D

Have a wonderful day!

-Ash

(P.S., if you've ever tried this, please let me know what you thought!)


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Demeter Fragrance Sample Haul

Good evening, dear readers!

This morning I received an eagerly awaited package from FedEx... my Demeter sample haul!  :D

(These were paid for by myself, but the large bottle was included in the package because I spent over $25 USD :D).

Each sample was $2.06 USD for 3 ml (they usually retail for $2.50 USD but were on sale).

Wooohooo check it out:



Here's a list of what I ordered:

Christmas in New York
Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon Bun
Egg Nog
Fireplace
Frozen Pond
Gingerbread
Laundromat
Lava Rock x2
Lilac
Mountain Air
Mulled Cider
New Zealand
Paperback x2
Pumpkin Pie
Snow
Sugar Plum
Thunderstorm x2

And they threw in the large Prickly Pear for free! :D  Four of the samples were ordered for my sister (that's why there are some doubles; we both wanted to try several of the same ones).

Shipping to Canada is expensive, so if you are going to place an order with them I highly recommend making it a big one (if you want to try that many things).  It was $20 flat rate, so I'm going to save up for another bigger order next time I purchase from them.  Truthfully though, the company is pretty awesome, the customer service representative I talked to in the past was really nice, they have some really lovely products (over 250 scents to choose from in different forms), and they are cruelty-free, so it's hard to go wrong with them. :)  Also my order arrived within a week, and I am pretty happy about that too!

I'm really looking forward to reviewing these here! :D

I'll be back soon with some reviews, and I hope that you have a lovely evening.

-Ash

Products I'm Really Enjoying Right Now

Good afternoon, dear readers! Today's post is about some of products that I've been enjoying lately!  Swatches (where applicable) ...