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Lise Watier HydraForce Review

I received this Lise Watier HydraForce kit from Glam Sense to try, test and review.

The cream I received is Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme for normal to dry skin.

Lise Watier HydraForce kit from Glam Sense.

Lise Watier HydraForce kit from Glam Sense.

When it first showed up, I was skeptical. How could this little device actually tell me how hydrated my skin is. I figured it must be some sort of trickery. I immediately started testing all the things. Incase your wondering, my tongue is very well hydrated and my shirt didn’t even register. After determining that this device was actually legit I went about my testing.

First I tested my hand (in a few locations), my t-zone and my cheek (also in a few locations). All results were coming in around 30%. But this is where I screwed up, first I didn’t take screenshots to show those results. Second, I applied the cream and then re-tested in the wrong areas of the app and screwed up all my test results. My bad. So I waited 36, deleted my app data and tried again.

This is where I was surprised. My results (without the cream applied) were actually higher this time. Even though it had been 36 hours since using the cream, my skin was still more hydrated than before. At this point I had only applied the cream once. WOW! This is good news to me because I never remember to apply any sort of cream.

Results - 30 minutes after shower, 36 hours since first application.

Results – 30 minutes after shower, 36 hours since first application.
February 29th 2016, 7am

I then applied the cream and tested again. All results came in at 60% (max.)

Results - immediately after applying Lise Watier HydraForce.

Results – immediately after applying Lise Watier HydraForce.
February 29th 2016, 7am

Awesome right!

I applied some more cream in the middle of the night (forgot to do it before bed, opps) and tested 4 hours later.

Results - 4 hours after 3rd application.

Results – 4 hours after 3rd application.
March 1st 2016, 6:20am

As you can see the results 4 hours after application weren’t as good as the morning before after the shower, but still pretty good.

Overall I really like this cream. It really seems to hydrate my skin and keep it hydrated. It feels nice, absorbs quickly and does not leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky. It works great under makeup too. The only thing I don’t like is the smell. It reminds me of a cheap, floral perfume. And it is strong. With a name like HydraForce I expected something with a light scent or none of all. Something more refreshing, like ocean or cucumbers. To me it smells like something a old lady would wear; but maybe that is their target market. I would still purchase this product based on my results and hope that I would eventually get over the smell.

Putting Lise Watier HydraForce to the test!

Putting Lise Watier HydraForce to the test!

Are you curious how hydrated your skin is? Check out the Lise Watier HYDRAFORCE SQUAD event in your area! Are you in Vancouver? The event is happening today from 11am – 4pm at London Drugs on Granville!

For Reference - Lise Watier HydraForce Moisture Levels

For Reference – Lise Watier HydraForce Moisture Levels

Disclosure: I received the Lise Watier HydraForce kit from Glam Sense to review. All opinions are my own.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Review

I am sure these have been reviewed a billion times, but here it is, review a billion and one from a new Mom.

For three years I had gel nails. I would go every three weeks and get them done; I loved them. I always feel put together with my nails done (even if I don’t have make up on). When I found out I was pregnant I knew I was going to have to stop getting my nails done, and I did, around the 6 month mark. It was a sad day, but I knew I just wouldn’t be able to step away for a few hours to get them done – also, the cost.

I missed my nails so I tried painting them. I tried multiple times. I waited between coats, I used a base coat and a top coat and nothing I did looked good enough. The polish would bubble or smudge (never have that problem with my toes!) – finally I gave up. No one has time for that and I knew once the baby came I definitely wouldn’t have time to paint my nails anyway. I am now used to seeing my finger nails bare but I still miss having them done. Site note, I guess you really shouldn’t be painting your nails too much anyway while you are pregnant… oops!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
Enter Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.

A few weeks ago I was at the dollar store and saw them for $2.50. My sister uses them and loves them so I thought I would give them a try. Can you really go wrong for $2.50? The patterns are not my favourite but $2.50.

The application process was pretty simple. I was able to still text and do things while putting them on. No worry about smudges or waiting for them to dry. I did wait for baby to go to bed before putting them on but it was nice to know that if he did wake up I wouldn’t have to cover him (and everything else) in nail polish.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

I got lots of compliments on them. It was probably because of the wild print, but again, $2.50. They did start chipping within a couple days but not too bad. I left them on for about 2 and a half weeks, for picky people it was probably about half a week too long. One was chipping pretty bad but otherwise the only real issue was growth. I probably would have left them even longer but I am thinking about putting on a fresh set because we are going to a wedding.

Removal was pretty easy, I soaked bits of cotton ball in nail polish remover and let them sit on my nails for a couple minutes before wiping them off. I did have to spend a few minutes removing little flakes of left over nail strips that seemed to get everywhere, but overall they didn’t take too long to get off.

Would I spend $10 (regular price) for these? Not sure. I probably would if I wasn’t currently on a budget. But for $2.50 I will buy them again, if I can find them. I also found Essie and OPI strips. Reviews for those will come when I get a chance to try them.

Disclosure: I purchased the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips myself and I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.

Skinfix Diaper Rash Paste Review

I originally received a small container of this cream in the V.I.B box from Shoppers Drug Mart. You can sign up for the Shoppers V.I.B program here.

Skinfix Diaper Rash Paste
Skinfix Diaper Rash Paste

I liked the sample enough that I went out and bought the cream as soon as my sample ran out. It is a bit on the expensive size, I paid $15 for the 112g jar. I really love the feel of the cream and it has a really nice light scent and washes off my fingers easily. I find some of the other diaper creams (especially Desitin) hard to wash off and they leave behind a (not so nice) smell.

Baby has only had a small rash so far but the cream seemed to help quickly and I have been using it on an almost daily basis to help keep his bum clear.

I do find that the Skinfix Diaper Rash Paste does absorbs more then other creams so I prefer to use a thicker cream (like Desitin) at night.

My biggest complaint is that the cream is hard to find. Even though it came as a sample from Shoppers Drug Mart only 1 of our 3 carry it and of course it is the one I hardly ever go to. I like the Skinfix Diaper Rash Paste enough that I would make a special trip there to buy it again. Skinfix does have an awesome store finder on their website – it lists what stores carry their products but you can also search by your postal code to see the exact stores. You can buy it on Amazon (affiliate link).

Ingredients: Allantoin, aloe barbodenis leaf juice, myroxylon balsumum, cera alba (beeswax), styrax benzoin resin extract (benzoin), ethanol, paraffin, petrolatum white, butyrospermum parkii fruit (shea butter extract), glycine soja (soybean) oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, liquidambar orientalis (styrax), prunus amygdalis (sweet almond) oil, buxus chinensis (jojoba) oil, tocopheral (vitamin e), zinc oxide 20%.

Disclosure: I purchased the Skinfix Diaper Cream Paste myself and I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.

Shopping with Gymm Points: Principessa Beauty – Bacio Me Lip Balm Tube

When you sign up for a monthly Glymm box using a referral link you get 100 Glymm Points that is good for $10 on their online website. I decide to try out shopping with them and it was pretty good. I was a little disappointed in the shipping cost of a lip balm, it probably would of been close to the same price to find this stuff in stores even with using my points but I decided to order it anyway.

The Principessa Beauty – Bacio Me Lip Balm Tube sells for $11.00 on the Glymm websites. Using my 100 points from signing up it brought the cost down to $1.00. With shipping and taxes it ended up costing me $8.98 – so I did save a bit of money. But $6 to ship a lip balm seemed a bit high to me.

I ordered it on November 23rd and received it on December 7th. (yes, this post is a little late…)

Shopping with Gymm Points: Principessa Beauty - Bacio Me Lip Balm Tube
No wonder it was $6 for shipping! Look at the size of that box. What a waste. The little paper bits actually came in handy later for wrapping a present though.

Principessa Beauty - Bacio Me Lip Balm Tube
Seriously, HUGE box for a little lip balm.

Huge box aside I was happy with how fast they shipped it, especially close to Christmas. And the Glymm points program is awesome from what I have seen so far. The Principessa Beauty – Bacio Me Lip Balm Tube itself isn’t bad. It smells really nice and goes on nice but it doesn’t last, at all. I feel like I need to constantly reapply it. I was hoping it would last a little bit for its regular price of $11.00 – and all the reviews I read were great. But I feel like it doesn’t stay on your lips long enough to really help them. Unless you put it on every few minutes – but it does have a really nice light sweet smell.

If you are looking to sign up for a monthly Glymm box here is my referral link – if you don’t use a link you will not get the 100 points. If you know a friend with Glymm you can ask them for their link too, using their link will give them 50 points as well.

Happy Glymm point shopping!