Zoella's Shower Products and Lost Memory Card Woes

Things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving: Provided web images (I do have permission to use these!). Things I am admittedly grumpy about: Lost memory cards, and lost work. WAH! Several weeks ago, when the above Zoella shower products were kindly shared with me by PR, I took a series of cute photos for the blog. I even incorporated the cute little mini lawn chair they sent with the products. Today, when I finally sat down to write about them, my memory card was missing. Gone. Vanished. Just NOT in the slot, or in any of the other obvious places. Way uncool. But we endure, if even with a sigh. Apologies for the boring retail photos.

Zoella is a sweet young beauty YouTuber (to me she looks young, but I think she's actually in her late 20s) who is cute and fun to watch, and she's come out with her own bath line. In my view, it's a fun idea, and certainly a refreshing change from the standard liquid lipstick and eyeshadow palette craze among most beauty influencers these days.

I was sent three products to try: the Pink Bath Wafers, the Shower Shake, and the Shower Sauce. All have a "gelato" scent, which is described as elderflower and pomegranate. I'm terrible with scents, and to my untrained nose, they all smell like grapefruit. Not a bad smell, particularly if you like very fresh scents. I hated it first, and now it's grown on me to the point where I find it okay. To each her own, though—scents are so personal!

The Pink Bath Wafer is pink-peach in colour, and it's very much like a Lush Bath Bomb, but with finer particles and shaped into a "waffle." Alas, it doesn't bubble up or even fizz in a noticeable way. It just dissolves in the water, adding scent and oils. Not my favourite thing, but if you have very dry skin and you like adding emollient products to your bath, you might like it.

The Shower Sauce and Shower Shake are both fairly standard body washes, but with different textures. The shake is supposed to be more moisturizing, and it's opaque in colour. It has a lotion-like texture, but foams up nicely. The Shower Sauce is translucent, and very gel-y. Both products leave my skin feeling nice, but neither eliminate the need for lotion post-shower. 

Honestly? To me, they're just standard drugstore-quality shower products. Give them a try if you love the scent and/or you want to support Zoella. Otherwise, they're a safe pass in my view.

If you do decide to give them a whirl, try London Drugs. The body wash products appear to be out of stock online, but the website says there are several in stores. The wafers appear to be available both online and in stores. Links below:

Have you tried anything from Zoella Beauty? Are you planning to? If not, what shower products are you loving lately? Let me know in the comments! I recently finished a bottle of Bath and Body Works' Endless Weekend, and I was very sad to see it go!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: The body cream that is worth its exorbitant price tag

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro.

When I first saw Brazilian Bum Bum Cream on Sephora.ca, I scoffed. $57 for a body cream? No way. No WAY. Yet it kept getting surprisingly good reviews. And I made the mistake of smelling it one day in Sephora. (Yeah.)

So while standing in line to pay for my purchases during a recent VIB sale, I saw a mini version for "only" $25 (minus the 20 per cent!) and thought, "What the heck?"

It was a dangerous, costly move (literally), my lovelies. Because the truth revealed itself that day: I can never, ever be without this cream again. No matter that it doesn't actually do a thing to chase away my cellulite with its fancy-shmancy super-caffeine stuff. (Nothing works for my cellulite besides weight loss—I don't expect it to.)

The smell is almost other-worldly: Nutty, coconutty, sweet, but not too sweet, and tropical. Like a white-sand beach in Hawaii. I want to take a bath in this scent. Then there's the fact that it's incredible at what it does. My skin is sensitive and dry, so I need to use a good, rich lotion daily. But I have zero patience for products that feel greasy and take forever to soak in. (I'm looking at YOU, Body Shop Body Butter.) This one soaks in almost immediately. And, as a bonus, it leaves a beautiful, but subtle sheen on the skin that is perfect in the summer, and a luxurious treat at every other time of year.

Is the $57 price tag painful? Absolutely. BUT, when you factor in the fact that the large tub, at 8.1 ounces, is much larger than any $10 tube of cream from the drugstore, it's slightly less offensive. And if you wait for one of the VIB sales like I do, it's almost reasonable. Sort of. (Okay, not really. But I do it anyway.)

Weird downside: My cat HATES the smell of this. He literally runs away when he smells it on me. Small price to pay.

If you're not ready to commit, you could try the 2.5-ounce tub for $25. (But get the big tub. I promise you'll love it, and it's better bang for your buck. You're welcome.)

Have you tried Sol de Janiero's Brazilian Bum Bum (pronounced "boom boom") cream? Are you planning to? If not, does the name at least make you giggle? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks in (left to right) 101 Cream Beige, 103 Warm Beige, and 203 Cold Pink.

If you're a makeup aficionado, the liquid lipstick craze that has overtaken YouTube is not news to you. But liquid lipsticks that are comfortable and don't suck all the moisture out of your lips might be, right?

Enter Make Up For Ever's Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks, which have an intensely pigmented, mousse-like formula that sits lightly on the lips, dries matte, and wears well. Trust Make Up For Ever to take a product that everyone else does, dial up the pigment, and blow the formula out of the water—am I right?

One of my favourite things about these lipsticks, oddly, is how they wear off. Some liquid lipsticks are so long-wearing that you almost have to chip them off. You end up with a patchy ring around your lips. Not cute. These wear off very much like regular lipsticks—just not as quickly!

I have three shades to show you: today 101 Cream Beige, 103 Warm Beige, and 203 Cold Pink.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick in 101 Cream Beige.

Note that 101 and 103 are quite similar. 103 is actually a touch cooler, in spite of the name.

Artist Liquid Matte in 103 Warm Beige.

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte in 203 Cold Pink.

Cold Pink is definitely my favourite of the three. It reminds me very much of BITE Beauty's Mauvember. The cool tones make my skin look bright and healthy—don't you think?

Application tip:

You need very little of this product. You can apply with the doe-foot applicator, but I find it applies a little more product than you need. This will make your lipstick take forever to dry, and more likely to crack. I suggest using a lip brush, or if you're lazy like me, apply with the doe-foot, but then blot with some tissue before it dries.

You can find Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick at Sephora for $25 Canadian. Right now they have 15 shades, and I hope we'll see more soon.

Are you a liquid lipstick fan? Have you tried these? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.