Thursday, 1 March 2012

February 2012 Hits and Misses

Hi Everyone,
Am I the only one who can't believe February is already over? Where did the time go! Well the end of the month means another Hits and Misses post and I am really excited to share the products I loved this month, and one product that just didn't get there for me.

February 2012 Hits
bh Cosmetics Eye Shadow 88 Tropical Matte Palette
I received this palette in the mail about half-way through February, and have been absolutely loving it ever since. Shipping to Canada was really fast actually, since it took less then a week including the holiday Monday.The pigmentation of the colours in this palette is just wild, I mean it surprised me being as I only paid $11 for it (bh had a sale where the palette I bought was 40% off). I decided to wear a coral colour one day when I was getting ready for work, ( am I the only one absolutely adoring coral this spring? My ginger hair says its not a good idea but I can't resist!) and it honestly was so true to the colour in the palette I did a double take in the mirror. While I haven't tried all of the colours in the palette yet, I have tried most of the pinks, purples, browns, and greys and am yet to find a colour that is not true to the colour in the palette. Definitely beats out my e.l.f. palette for my go to eye shadows and I could easily bring this sleek little case anywhere and be set. I thought about swatching this palette originally, but there are just so many colours and my ginger skin would ruin the swatches anyways.
Macadamia Hair Products
I have been liking watching Youtuber's "What's in My Shower" videos lately and that is where I got the urge to go out and purchase these products. I saw them in a few different showers, and there was nothing but rave reviews about them. However, when I went to my local beauty supply outlet, I found that the Deep Repair Mask was $35 and the Healing Oil Treatment was $36. Ouch! I couldn't justify it for something I hadn't tried before. Imagine my surprise when I walked into a Rexall the next day to find they now sold Macadamia Hair Products, and that same Deep Repair Mask was only $27!. Granted that is still pricey, but I was going off my high from finding it for $8 cheaper I purchased it ( I have looked around at a couple Rexall's and this seems to be their standard price there so it was not a fluke). I must have been on a lucky streak because that same day I went into a Homesense, only to find a gift package of the Healing Oil Treatment and an Oil Infused flat brush for $29.99. I took it as a sign and snapped it up (and immediately proceeded home since another dollar and I would be way over budget!).
While these products are definitely not cheap, they are worth every cent, and I cease to remember my hair before Macadamia products. Mixing the Healing Oil with the Deep Conditioner in the shower leaves my hair silky and softer then ever. I literally could not stop touching my hair the first time I used the two because I was so amazed. I use a scoop of the conditioner and a full pump of the healing oil and let it sit for 7 minutes, two times a week.The healing oil can also be used as a styling tool, but I would say less is definitely more here. I have extremely thick hair and a full pump of this leaves my hair heavy and weighed down, when used as a styling aid. You need to find that balance of sleek and shiny, which for me is about 1/4 of a pump. I will do whatever it takes to work this into my budget... definitely a new holy grail product!

Sally Hansen X-treme Nailwear in Mint Sorbet
If I told you pastels were big this spring would you be surprised? Of course not, they have been showing up anywhere and everywhere and I am jumping right on that band wagon. I was looking for a good mint green colour for spring when I stumbled upon this colour. Truth be told, Sally Hansen X-treme Nailwear is one of my favourite nail polish lines. There is just something about the brush, the formula, and the fact I can get it for $2.29 at my local Wal-mart that just wins my heart.This is a beautiful pale green and it only takes two coats to be perfect! While it is mint green, somehow it becomes this perfect neutral that pairs well with whatever I'm wearing, and gives that lovely pop of colour without being to overpowering for the office. I wore this a few times this month, which is a lot when it comes to nailpolish, and I can tell I will be going back to this again and again for spring.

Sephora Anti-Shine Primer
This is one of those products that I have rediscovered this month. I have had this for quite some time, but had taken on my habit I like to do of saving products I like for when I really need them, and then I never use them and they spoil. I have very oily skin and I remember when I discovered this in Sephora, I tried a little sample on my forehead...instantly mattifying! I was sold. This has been the perfect primer for me and I use it on a daily basis. I notice a big difference between my skin at the end of the day with Sephora's primer..and without Sephora's primer. Again if the anti-shine portion of this name doesn't give it away, this primer is really made for oily skin, so I wouldn't recommend it for girls with dry skin. For me though, it does the job and when I run out will definitely be something I repurchase (I believe I paid about $16 for it originally). 

February 2012 Misses

EOS Shaving Cream
This was a little bit of a impulse purchase ( which can either be a huge win or a huge regret). One of the curses of working in an office building that is above a Shoppers Drug Mart is that when I go to get the mail I usually stop and look through the beauty aisle on a daily basis, which use to lead to daily basis shopping! Now I make sure not to take my debt card with me, but on this particular trip I knew I needed some more shaving cream and since I get a 20% discount for working in the building, I decided to buy it there. I noticed this EOS shaving cream right away for three reasons; (1) the name EOS drew me since I have their lip balm and love it, (2) it was on clearance for $3 and, (3) it claimed to be natural and free of some of the nasty's other products contain. I bought it without researching first, but the second I got home looked for a couple of reviews. I got a mixed bag, with some people loving it and some people hating it. Well I guess it's clear by now that I side with the later. While I do enjoy the plastic packaging that wont rust in your shower, the product is what really let me down. It is not your typical shaving cream that foams up so you can lather your skin. This is more like using a moisturiser to shave (which I know some people do but I never have so it was very strange to me). Additionally, you need to use at least 5 pumps just to do the bottom of on of your legs. That's a serious amount of product and I am not surprised I went through this quickly. Overall, I was just seriously underwhelmed by this product. I used it up because I hate for things to go to waste, but I really did long for my usual shaving cream the whole time. I will definitely not be repurchasing this product again.

February is definitely a shorter month, but leaves more then enough time to fall in love with new products, and rekindle your love for some products you forgot about. I am not sad to see February go, since March means the beginning of spring and I have definitely had enough with this winter!
What are some of your favourites this month?

xo Kathryn


  1. Ohh pretty faves! Loving that palette and that Sally Hansen polish is beautiful (and inexpensive). xx

    1. I have really been loving that palette! I'd definitely buy another one from the company! miss you :)

  2. I totally agree with you on the SH Xtreme Line. Really great quality stuff for a fraction of the price. I still love my OPIs and China Glaze polishes, but SH Xtreme is a must have in anyone's nail polish collection!

    1. I definitely agree with you I love my OPI China Glaze and even Butter London. But for the price SH definitely performs and is a great value.