Up and coming..

Product reviews, demos, rants, and raves – prepare for the Classy Anarchist’s thoughts on this delicious array of products!

Goodies (in some sort of messed up order): Baking soda; Essie nail enamel in Sew Psyched, Turquoise & Caicos, & Smokin' Hot; Essie Disappearing Trick & Smooth Trick; Desert Essence Therapeutic lip balm with Tea Tree Oil; Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liners in Stray Dog, & Zero; Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; OPI Nail Lacquer in Moon Over Mumbai, & Gargantuan Green Grape; Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Face Cloths; Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap; Val's Veggie Bar Pure Olive Oil Soap in Mint; Dr Andrew Weil for Origins' Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream; Sparitual Lacquer in Emerald City; Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Ocean Love Potion; Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Normal / Dry Skin in 180 Sand Beige; Revlon Photoready Makeup in 007 Cool Beige; Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup in 050 Medium Beige; Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar; L'Oreal EverSleek Frizz Taming Creme Serum; L'Oreal EverCreme Deep Nourishing Masque; Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash in Black; Urban Decay Dew Me Setting Spray; Earth Science Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel; Live Clean Apple Cider Shampoo; Sigma Mrs Bunny Essential Brush Kit; Lacoupe Orgnx Renourish Shampoo; Earth Science Chamomile Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover; Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash; GOSH Much More Moist Conditioner; Derma Hyaluronic Hydrating Mask; Very Clear Problem Skin Cleanser; Yes To Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes; Sephora Hydrating Mineral Loose Powder Foundation, Annabelle blush in Blush On; Annabelle single eyeshadow in Suede; Raw Essentials Body Oil.

If there are any of these in particular that grab your fancy, let me know! And I’ll be sure to thoroughly review and write about it sooner rather than later!

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Summer moisturizing favourites!

After 2 days of antibiotics, things are starting to look up! So it is with this renewed sense of health (and lack of a throat infection), and with Ezra Levant’s The Source on my TV in the background, that I bring you my favourite moisturizers for summer! I wanted to write about all of my summer favourites, but that would take much longer than even a court reporter’s attention span could handle. These won’t be as detailed as a full-fledged review, but if any of them catch your eye (and have not already been reviewed), let me know! I’ll be glad to do a review for you (and probably will be anyways). Be sure to check in for new entries on other summer favourites!

Alba Botanica’s Coconut Milk Body Cream

CREAMY COCONUT GOODNESS!

It is so rich, thick, and moisturizing! It is the perfect amount of moisture for the warmer months – I haven’t seen dry legs since I started using it! The coconut scent (and the delicious ingredients) makes me go crazy. I’ve been using this daily after my shower since about the beginning of May, and I’ll definitely be buying it again. I fell in love with coconut (the oil, the milk, the scent!) this year, and if you were to look at my collection of moisturizers and perfumes, you could tell.

Origins VitaZing SPF15

What it does is gradually develop a tint, as you moisturize it into your skin, and results in a more even skin tone with a natural glow. I still don’t know if I will buy it again (at $50, it would be great if it also came with some wine and cheese), but I have really grown to love how it makes my skin look. It isn’t heavy enough for me to wear as the sole moisturizer in cooler, dryer months, but in the summer, it is all I need to stay moisturized throughout the day! Another plus: the SPF, and I think I’ve still got several months left of it!

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

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I ordered this from Vitacost a few months ago, and was so glad I did! It is a lightly-scented (kind of orangey?) oil that reportedly helps with acne, rosacea, and other skin ailments. I have used it mainly on my face. Just 2 drops blended into my face, and my skin has become SO soft and does not get as oily in the morning as it used to! It does work for redness (which I have around my nose), especially when combined with other redness reducing products. It’s also great for wounds/cuts. I used it on a cut when I was in New Hampshire, no stinging, and it healed pretty damn quick.

Expect a full-fledged review on Sibu Beauty’s skin care line. I ordered a few things from Vitacost, and Sibu Beauty also sent me some awesome samples. What a joy it has been to test out their products!

And here’s a picture of our dog in his winter gear – oh, we love him so! looks happy, huh? I call this one A Fashionable Defeat.

A Review: Origins VitaZing

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I picked up the highly acclaimed Origins VitaZing moisturizer. It cost me a whopping $50 including taxes, and came with many promises. First of all, I cannot believe I spent so much on a freakin’ moisturizer, but I wanted to see if it was all it had been hyped up to be.

For the most part, I am pretty lucky with my skin. I don’t get massive breakouts, or have extremely oily skin. I do, however, have a bit of rosacea around my nose, so I am always looking for something to help soothe that area and bring down redness and inflammation. My skin can also look washed out or dull (at least I think so), so I often use luminizers or something to enhance my natural glow. Months ago, I saw TiffanyD‘s rave video review on the Origins VitaZing product.

The Origins VitaZing moisturizer has a “sheer tint-release formula [that] magically transforms and perfects to create even, flawless looking skin”. Basically, what this means, is that the moisturizer blends with your fingers into a shade that enhances the natural glow of your skin. You can’t expect this product to fill the role of your foundation, but if your skin is already in good shape and you don’t care to use a foundation, then this will definitely work well for you.

Here is what happens when I blend some VitaZing into my hand!

Just a small amount is all you need!

It slowly begins to blend into my natural skin colour…

Check out that tint!

The final result..

Pretty neat, eh!?

What do I have to say about my experience with Origins VitaZing? Well, first of all, it is a nicely lightweight moisturizer that keeps oiliness to a minimum throughout the day. While the squeeze bottle is pretty small (50 ml), you need not use very much each time. I’ve experimented with different amounts, and a pea-sized amount really is the best and is all you need to get the best effect and use from this product. The smell is a kind of citrusy-sweet scent, but it isn’t at all over-powering. I really like that it has SPF 15, because I do not like to put regular sunscreen on my face. I think it is a good product, but definitely nothing to write home about (at least for me).

If this product was not $50, I would not have such high expectations. I feel like I can get a nice and glowy look from my bronzers, or luminizers, and they do not cost me anywhere near $50. I did not feel that the glowy effect from this product lasted all that long, and I often found myself re-applying later in the day to get that look back. While experimenting with getting a similar look from products I already have, I used my Earth Science Almond Aloe Moisturizer($12.99 for 150ml), along with about 2 drops of essential oil (I happened to use patchouli oil – $7 for 5ml), and that gave me a glowy look that was a fraction of the cost. Sure, it did not cover my rosacea as well as Origins VitaZing, but I’d like to find a product that can get rid of my rosacea as opposed to just covering it up all the time.

This product would be great for someone who requires minimal coverage, or doesn’t want to wear any makeup but at the same time wants their skin to look a little more evened out and brightened. It is quite unique as a regular moisturizer, and I think that if I didn’t have such annoying redness around my nose, that I would probably enjoy it more. The price, however, is way more than I’d ever like to spend on any one skin care product – no matter what it claims to do. I won’t be re-purchasing this, but I’m glad I got to try it out myself!

Origins VitaZing!

originsGuess what I picked up!? After watching a great review of this product by Tiffany D on YouTube (check out her channel, and the review of this product here), I decided it was my mission to find out where I could purchase this (hopefully locally).

I discovered that an Origins counter exists at The Bay, here in Ottawa, but only at their Bayshore location. After my reiki appointment today, which was on that end of the city, I walked into the Bay (having no clue where their Origins counter would be), and there it was!

The saleswoman was extremely helpful. Unfortunately, I already knew what I wanted, and she wasn’t surprised. 🙂 The Canadian price is $44, which is pretty pricey, but it sounds like a product that will save me money in foundation, and other moisturizer products, so I thought I would try it out. I also got 2 samples of their Starting Over, and A Perfect World moisturizers. I should also mention that they had these package deals, where you could purchase a moisturizer at its full price + 3-4 dollars, and you would get three extra products on top of that (a cleanser, eye cream, and something else that I’m sure is equally awesome). I didn’t want to go overboard, and they didn’t have a package deal that included the VitaZing (eventually, I hope!?)

As described on the box,  “this energizing, multi-tasking moisturizer gives skin an instant zing of visible vitality and vibrance. Sheer tint-release formula magically transforms and perfects to create even, flawless looking skin. SPF 15. Oil-free”.

Also on the box, it claims to be formulated without: parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, synthetic fragrance, and animal ingredients. Below this, Origins states that it only tests its products on volunteer panels. Here is a link to their website for more information!

Since I’ve only bought this product today, I cannot give it an adequate review. I will say, however, that when I applied it after I cleansed msmilesy face this afternoon, the redness that resides around my nose had completely disappeared. My skin looked more even, and I actually really like the smell. I have also been using rose water and rosehip seed oil for dryness and redness, and this has been helping, but I did notice a difference after my first application of VitaZing.

Success! My face, sans makeup, after using my Alba Deep Sea Facial Mask, rose water, and moisturizing with Aubrey Organics rosehip seed oil and the Origins VitaZing! Reviews on many new products, including the above mentioned, will be coming soon!

Thanks for reading!