I think it is safe to say that everybody loves getting free stuff. I’ve personally made it very clear that I’m a sucker for a good “gift with purchase” and constantly want to buy value packs and sampler kits because they are a better deal. So when a fellow blogger and friend of mine, Rebecca over at The Lipstick Gal, turned me on to BzzAgent several months ago, I thought it sounded like a great idea! At the time she was reviewing a set of Gucci perfumes she had received for free for simply signing up to be a BzzAgent. The company BzzAgent puts a great deal of value in word of mouth advertising and they believe that people who have sampled certain products or know someone who has tried it out, are more likely to branch out and try something new. With a whackload of clients, www.bzzagent.com is looking for more and more people all the time who are interested in trying out a variety of free products. Their campaigns involve everything from household items, to pet food, beauty and skincare products, or even food for your family. So no matter what your interests, hobbies or daily grind involves BzzAgent has something for you to try out. All they ask is for feedback and for you to share coupons and samples with your friends.
To get started, all you have to do is sign up! It doesn’t cost you anything, other than a few minutes of your time to fill out a few surveys. The surveys help them match up future campaigns that might suit you. If you don’t have pets, they won’t send you dog food, etc. I had signed up several months back and had practically forgotten all about it, until I received an email inviting me to a BzzCampaign for Burt’s Bees. They wanted to send me some brand new, full-size products from their Intense Hydration line for absolutely FREE! Naturally, I accepted and within a week I had about $45 of free product arriving at my door.
I received a full sized Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream with Clary Sage, a full sized Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage…as well as a mountain of Night Cream samples to give away to friends, family, co-workers, etc.
I’d never tried anything from Burt’s Bees skincare line before. I’d dabbled in their lip products, like most everyone I think…but that was where my experimentation had ended until very recently. I was excited to try out some new skin care products as I didn’t have much of a routine that I was dedicated to.
But before I talk about the individual products I got to try, I want to talk a bit about Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration products being 99% natural and the part “Clary Sage” plays in their line of Intense Hydration products.
Burt’s Bees is a product line very dedicated to making natural products that are GOOD FOR YOU. They pride themselves on using the best natural ingredients available and processing them in the simplest way possible. Every package they have for sale states clearly on it, what percentage of natural ingredients are inside so you always know exactly what you are putting on your skin or lips. Burt’s Bees doesn’t test on animals and they do their best to limit their environmental footprint by using innovative packaging and ensuring zero waste goes to landfills from their facilities. They are certainly a company you can feel good about supporting with products you can feel good about putting onto your body.
The Intense Hydration line is made with Clary Sage and I found the story behind this crucial ingredient particularly interesting.
Deep in the windswept hills of the Mediterranean, a lone plant fights for its life against the elements. Clary Sage survives and thrives in spite of its harsh surroundings, thanks to the plant’s fierce will and exceptional ability to adapt and retain moisture. This remarkable botanical is the inspiration behind Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Face Care line – the brand’s natural ode to soft, supple and revitalized skin.
In clinical studies, 100% of women tested said their skin felt hydrated after using Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration products. That is a stat that is hard to argue with.
Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser
Burt’s Bees Description states:
- Provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Leaves skin feeling soft, supple and revitalized
- Removes dirt, oil and makeup
- Rinses easily without leaving a residue
Intense Hydration Night Cream
Burt’s Bees Description states:
- Replenishes moisture while you sleep – wake up to skin that feels soft, supple and revitalized
- Provides intense hydration and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Absorbs quickly thanks to a rich, non-greasy formula
My thoughts after 3 weeks of testing:
I suffer from dry skin mainly throughout the Winter months. Winter in Canada can be quite drying to all of my skin, but my face always seems to suffer the most, or at least I worry about it more than anything else. I have combination skin that lends itself to being quite dry from November through March. It’s especially bad this time of year because when it is really cold outside, I tend to engage in extremely hot showers, which further dry out my skin. It is near impossible to keep my skin hydrated.
Once I received this set, I really wanted to give the products a fair shake and created a routine where I would remove my eye makeup and use this cleanser and night cream before bed each evening. The first thing I noticed about this facial cleanser is the amazing scent. It smells clean and refreshing…almost like what you’d expect a a fresh, mountain meadow to smell like. This cleanser is not an exfoliant, so the formula is very soft and not too thick. It spreads easily onto a wet face and a little goes a long way. It feels extremely gentle and truly does rinse off easily with no hassle. What I noticed immediately was after I finished washing, my face wasn’t tight and dry feeling. I’ve experienced several cleansers that although they left me feeling clean, they also left me with an immediate need for face cream, this thankfully wasn’t one of them. I proceeded to apply my overnight eye cream and then the Burt’s Bees night cream all over my face. So every night I’ve been going to bed with soft and supple skin that feels very refreshed and clean. Over the course of the past few weeks, there have been a couple of nights where I didn’t make time for my new routine and I went straight to bed. Each time, I paid for it the next morning and woke up feeling dry, tight and even experienced some flaky, dry skin across my forehead. With Burt’s Bees I’m able to wake up feeling hydrated, instead of feeling like I need to go straight into “damage control” mode and play catch up. The night cream isn’t greasy at all and I end up feeling hydrated for about a 24 hour period after each use. So it isn’t until the following evening when I start feeling like my skin could use some more nourishment.
So if you suffer from dry skin in winter, or any time, you should really consider giving Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration a try and see if it is right for you!
Do you suffer from dry skin? What do you use to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated?
Thanks for reading everyone and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
If you are still in need of stocking stuffers for that beauty lover on your list then this Color Club “Winter Affair” set of mini nail lacquers may be just what you need.
The Winter Affair nail lacquer set is made up of 3 beautiful shimmery polishes and a flakie top coat….and yes as the label suggests, they are scented! This was the first time I’d ever noticed the brand “Color Club” at Sally Beauty Supply but had heard a lot about them on-line, so I was excited to pick up this set and give them a try.
This set of minis from Color Club is currently available in stores for $6.99 US or $8.99 CAD.
These mini nail polishes didn’t state the actual shades on them anywhere, so I had to look them up on-line and found the following information.
“Berry and Bright” is the shimmering red and smells like…well…berries! The scent could also be compared to sugar plums. It is a very festive berry scent.
The green you see is “Ho-Ho-Holly” and to me, smelled exactly the way a pine or mistletoe candle would.
The shimmering blue nail polish is called “Gift of Sparkle”. For some reason, depending on where you purchase this set “Gift of Sparkle” is actually a different colour. Sally Beauty offers the blue and at other locations you might find a glitzy purple with the same name. I can’t speak for the scent of the purple one, but the blue one smells like vanilla…but a very strong vanilla.
The flakie polish on the end is called “Snow-flakes” and is the only one from the set that isn’t scented. When I saw this in the bottle, I was actually hoping it was similar to Make a Spectacle from China Glaze’s Halloween collection, but it wasn’t anything like it. The reflective nature of this polish is very subtle on the nail and much more pronounced in the bottle. At certain angles you can’t see it at all, but if the light hits it just right, then you will see multiple shades reflected in these flakes. I think next time I will actually try out this top coat with more than one coat and see how that changes things. Regardless of my high hopes and slight disappointment, it is still pretty!
The formula of these polishes was fantastic, not too thick and not to thin. These pictures are actually all with just one coat if you can believe it! So these polishes are perfect for when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for 2-3 coats to dry.
Please note: I don’t recommend using multiple polishes for a manicure like I did here. The mixing aromas was a little overpowering for me and I had to change this mani over to a single color mani. But when I had on only “Berry and Bright” it was just a nice soft scent and very manageable. If you have a sensitive nose though, these might be too much for you.
This was my first adventure into the world of scented nail polish and I haven’t made up my mind yet as to how I feel about it. How about you? Do you like scented nail polish and have a brand you turn to?
Thanks for reading! Happy shopping for those of you that still have some left!
I was shocked to see this set back in Sephora store’s and just had to grab it!
This 5-piece LipSurgence Collector’s Set from Tarte called “Statement Lips” sold out earlier in the season and I was lucky enough that they replenished those empty shelves! I was wandering through Sephora and when I saw it, I was just plain thrilled. 🙂 I was actually in store returning the Cinderella Moonlit Kiss Lipstick Set and was stoked to be able to replace them with a product I know isn’t drying and always feels great on my lips.
This set is made up of a variety of LipSurgence types and all of them are full size products (which retail for $31 CAD individually or $24US). It has one matte (“exposed”), two lip lusters (“escape” and “sweet”) and two lip tints (“enchanted” and “elite”). This Statement Lips set of 5 LipSurgence products by tarte retails for $44 CAD or $34US.
Although you can’t find this on-line any more, be sure to check your local Sephora for stock, mine still had a bunch of them when I picked this one up.
And remember, no need to sharpen these babies, they are twist-up’s so there is no fuss and no mess.
Here is a look at this 5-piece Collector’s Set swatched on my hand:
I thought these swatches didn’t really fully encompass these shades, so I wanted to be sure to do full lip swatches as well, both outdoors in natural light and indoors with flash. Hope you find these helpful when deciding if this set is right for you, or perhaps the perfect gift!
escape LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster
“escape” is a shimmering pink and reminded me of “My Moment” from the Cinderella set I recently returned. This one just has slightly less glitter, but a far better formula. So for those of you that were in love with that shade, this is a good alternative….and won’t require the layering of clear gloss around it to make it bearable.
enchanted LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint
“enchanted” is a sheer rose shade and what is particularly awesome about the sheer tints, is because they are sheer, they really play off the colour of your natural lips, so they will look different on everyone and compliment everyone.
exposed LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint
“exposed” is described as the perfect nude. It really is a gorgeous lipstick and I’m SO glad it was in this collection. I wasn’t sure at first if it would be too dark for me, but I actually love that it has a darker pigmentation than I am used to with my nude lipsticks. Instead of washing me out, it defines my lips in a natural way. Definitely one of my favourites from this tarte collector’s set.
sweet LipSurgence Lip Luster
“sweet” is a shimmering peachy pink. It’s not as glittery as you might expect from tarte’s line of lip lusters, but it has a very pretty gloss-like finish that isn’t over the top. I see myself getting a lot of use out of this shade, because it is subtle, yet soft and pretty.
elite LipSurgence Lip Tint
“elite” is the other sheer one in the collection, described best as a sheer melon shade. This is my other favourite from this set. It is sheer, so will again play off of your natural lip colour, but for me, I found the amount of pigmentation just right. I also have a lot of “rose” shades already, so to have something with a slightly more tropical feel is awesome. I’m very happy to have added this one to my collection. I see it getting steady use year round, but especially in Spring.
I personally can’t wait for next year’s 5-piece set of Tarte LipSurgence products! Every year they change the colours and these sets are such fantastic value! I hope you are able to get one before the 2012 stock is sold out.
Let me know if you have this set already and what you think of it!
Thanks for reading!
Just a couple of weeks ago I posted a smokey metallic makeup look that I wore to my husband’s work Christmas party. By the time my work party rolled around, I was ready to mix it up. I wanted to play with some colour and ended up with a very intense, bold and festive makeup look.
What I used to get this look:
- Super Rollers to turn my bone straight hair into soft curly hair
- Fame Lip Enhancing Gloss by Smashbox
- MUFE HD Foundation in shade 118
- Erase Paste concealer/brightener by benefit
- Pink Powder Blush from Too Faced’s Natural Face Palette
- The red eyeshadow portion is made up of one shade: Basic Red Pigment by MAC Cosmetics
- The green eyeshadow portion consists of Kelly, Bio Green and Bottle Green eyeshadows all by MAC Cosmetics
- Brule eyeshadow by MAC as my brow bone highlight
- To finish off my eyeshadow, I used Avon’s silver liquid eye liner all over my eye shadow to glam up the look and make it nice and sparkly for the party
- For eye liner I am using Kat Von D’s tattoo liner in Trooper on the top and for my waterline I used tarte’s skinny smoldereyes pencil in Onyx
- They’re Real! mascara by benefit
- And for my lashes, I knew with a big bright look, I needed big bold lashes – so I went for the biggest ones I own, my “Lacies” by Ardell
How about you, are you being adventurous with your makeup this holiday season?
I really hope you all like this fun makeup look for Christmas! After all there is really only one time of year that this makes any sort of sense at all and that is right now, during the holidays! I’m sure some people would argue that there is no time of year that this look makes any sense haha…but I had a lot of fun with it regardless and I do believe that is the point!! So make sure you remember to have a little fun too. 😉
Thanks for reading!