I DIDN’T WASH MY HAIR FOR 30 DAYS! Hair Story Studio New Wash Challenge

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

I had the opportunity to try out Hair Story Studio’s ‘New Wash’ shampoo in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I swapped out my entire hair care routine in the shower for this one product for thirty days. Here was my journey.

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HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

My shampoo arrived packaged nicely in a box. I personally find the packaging of the product to be aesthetically pleasing; I’m all about glossy white things and minimal lettering.

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot
Here are my in-shower products I use:Products being replaced: herbal essence shampoo, coconut oil hair mask, dove hair conditionerHerbal Essence “Honey I’m Strong” shampoo | African Gold Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner | Dove Plum & Sakura Blossom hair conditioner

So, what exactly is Hair Story Studio’s ‘New Wash’? Here is what they claim (ingredient list included below):

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

Hair care really isn’t my thing. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to hair; I rarely blowdry it, sometimes curl it, and that’s about it. To be completely honest, I don’t always remember to use the coconut oil hair mask… I literally have to push myself to use it because it feels like it’s so much work! Which leads me to the next point; I’m not one to be picky about the shampoo and conditioners I use. I’ve never been consistent with repurchasing any shampoo/conditioner except Head & Shoulders.

Before I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer, my hair was thick, coarse, and got oily real quick. After getting sick, I lost at least 50% of my hair and it has been brittle, delicate, flat, and lacks a LOT of volume. So, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to grow out my hair quicker. [[ In fact, I’ve been making smoothies (almost) daily with flaxseed and sesame seeds, in which I feel has been making a difference. ]]

My hair has always been dry but I never gave much thought into the fact that the shampoos I use may contribute to it. So when I heard of ‘New Wash’, I was excited to try something that was more natural than what I used on a regular basis.

Not gonna lie – I was extremely skeptical about using a shampoo and conditioner in one that was made with essential oils for thirty days instead of my shampoo and conditioner. HUH? That sounded way too good to be true. Not to mention how awesome it was that I could skip the step of conditioning after shampooing since this was a one step thing. YAAAASSS!

So, for thirty days, I only used New Wash as my shower product for my hair. Nothing else. The instructions were to wet my hair thoroughly, coat hair with a generous amount of product, massage into entire scalp to make sure it really gets in there and cleans, and then rinse with water. Within the first couple days, I noticed a difference with my hair – it was less frizzy after it air dried, and was a lot softer than before. I was shocked. I wish I took before photos, but I completely forgot to. However, I took some “after” photos of my hair near the end of the thirty days; here is what it looked like.

Hair Story Studio New Wash Hair Results

Hair Story Studio New Wash Hair Results

Hair Story Studio New Wash Hair Results

Ever since finishing my bottle of New Wash, I have gone back to using normal shampoo and conditioner again. Let me tell you – I can definitely tell the difference between using generic every-day normal shampoo/conditioner versus Hair Story New Wash. My hair is unfortunately back to being dry-er and frizzy-er (especially post shower air dry).

I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle of New Wash and giving it a whirl if you’re curious at all or looking for a natural alternative to shampoo. From my experience, it lives up to what it claims – that it cleans your hair without having the harmful ingredients in it, resulting in healthier-looking hair.

If you’re curious about how I curl my hair, I’ll be posting a video on Youtube soon about it – stay tuned! I’m currently on vacation in Seattle and having a blast… but I’m excited to come home to lots of changes, in which I will touch base about it soon!

Until next time!
xo, BECKS

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The Beltliner YYC

The Beltliner - Clubhouse

Hey guys!

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted about food!

I love brunch. I’ve always wanted to take my mother & father for brunch, but they always redirected my intentions of taking them out for it, and we end up going to Pebble Street for Chinese afternoon tea instead. Very Chinese of them, I know. But mom loves Chinese food and there is just no steering her clear of that!

I took the week off work last week, and to my surprise, my mother asked to take me to The Beltliner for brunch. She mentioned that she had went there for brunch with her coworkers awhile back and enjoyed the big portions (those of you from a Chinese family would know that big portions are crucial to one’s dining experience, of course). The Beltliner has a cute little diner vibe going on, greeting you with a coffee bar at the front.

We were seated quickly as soon as we got in. It was around 11AM on a Monday morning and it was pretty quiet. Our drinking glasses were mason jars – something that the inner hipster in me absolutely adores! The food menu was one sided, but offered plenty of options to choose from. Despite the options, ya’ll know I love to stick with what I know…

I’m a chronic eggs-benedict orderer. All I ever order are eggs bennies because it is all I ever want to know for breakfast. So of course, I ordered the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($18).

The Beltliner - Smoked Salmon Egg Benedict
The Smoked Salmon Egg Benedict consists of wild salmon, cream cheese, preserved lemon & fresh dill. It came with two blocks of hashbrowns, which unfortunately, I was not a huge fan of. To be honest, they tasted like two pieces of bland, potato wedges. The egg benedicts themselves were not bad, but nothing particularly special either. I am a dedicated returning customer of Over Easy Breakfast; and like a true dedicate-tee, I prefer their egg benedicts over The Beltliner.

The Beltliner - Clubhouse

Mom ordered the same thing she ordered the last time she went out with her coworkers – the Clubhouse Sandwich ($16). It consists of smoked chicken, hutterite bacon, tomato, arugula, & lemon chive aioli. She ordered it with a side of green salad. I actually quite enjoyed the piece of sandwich I tried! Wish I had more to say about the sandwich, however I’m not much of a sandwich connoisseur; I rarely ever order sandwiches unless it has albacore tuna or some kind of attractive sounding protein in it.

Overall, The Beltliner was a nice dining experience. Personally, I wouldn’t choose to go back myself, as there wasn’t much else that really stood out to me on the menu. However, if I was to, I’d definitely try something different next time.

YYC readers, have you been to The Beltliner? What did you try? Did you like it? What are your favourite places to brunch at?

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Rimmel London Voxbox Review: Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara & Only One Matte Lipstick

Influenster Rimmel VoxBox

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I received my first VoxBox from Influenster – Rimmel London VoxBox edition. Inside was the Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara & Only One Matte Lipstick in “Trendsetter”. I’m always super excited to test out and review new products! I’ve used a couple Rimmel products before, but it’s not a brand that I usually gravitate towards compared to others (e.g. Maybelline, Wet & Wild, Covergirl, Loreal, etc.). I’ve never really had much luck with the two mascaras I’ve tried from Rimmel in the past, but I am obsessed with their Lasting Finish Foundation.

*Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*

Influenster Rimmel VoxBox

Influenster Rimmel VoxBox

(FYI the bite marks on the box are from Wigmund, he got a little excited about it when I put it down for photos… you’ll see in my upcoming vlog)!

These were the two products I received in the box were the Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara in “Blackest Black” & Only One Matte Lipstick in “Trendsetter”. Whoever knows me knows that I love my mascara – I layer on three different mascaras on a regular basis because I’m extra like that and want my lashes to be dandy-long-legs long alllllll daaaaayyyyy loooonnnnngggggggggg.

Influenster Rimmel VoxBox
Rimmel London Shake It Fresh MascaraRimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara in Blackest Black

Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara

This is the wand for the mascara. Nothing spectacular or special – it looks like every other voluminous mascara wand. At the first dip of this wand into the mascara, I already knew that I likely wouldn’t enjoy it. The formula of this mascara was a little too wet… and in my opinion, wet mascara formulas are never good. When I put it on my lashes, I didn’t see much of a difference in the volume (or length) of my lashes. My lashes would not stay curled when I put this on; it felt like it was weighing my them down (despite curling my lashes before and after application). When I tried to put this on my lower lashes, it was just a wet mess, getting into my eyeball and also smearing onto my lower lash line. All in all,  this did not volumize my lashes and just felt more like a coating of… wet mascara. I personally wouldn’t recommend this to anyone looking for a volumizing mascara – I’d suggest going for the Loreal Voluminous instead.

Only One Matte Lipstick

Only One Matte Lipstick Rimmel Only One Matte lipstick in “Trendsetter”

It’s been a minute since I’ve worn lipstick – I’ve been reaching more for liquid lipsticks and lip tints as of lately. But after trying this lipstick out, I realized how much I loved the simplicity of a classic lipstick. Rimmel lipsticks have never disappointed me; I’ve always praised their formulas. This Rimmel lipstick was no different than just that. It did not dry my lips out, is a beautiful “my-lips-but-better” colour, and glides on like a dream (don’t forget to hydrate your lips first with a lip balm, of course). This was not an actual matte finish as one might assume from the name – it leaves a satin-matte finish instead. Of course, like all lipsticks, this does not wear all day and will definitely need reapplication after drinks & meals. However, this isn’t really a big deal as I’ve always found MLBB colours to be pretty fuss-free whenever I reapply; I never have to worry about being extremely precise, and I don’t find it entirely necessary to line my lips because it’s such a subtle colour. The packaging is also great – while it may not look as sleek as other drugstore lipstick packaging, the lid stays tight (goodbye, lipstick stains inside my bag!) which I can really appreciate.

Only One Matte Lipstick Trendsetter Swatch
Only One Matte Lipstick swatch in Trendsetter – in direct sunlight
Only One Matte Lipstick Trendsetter Swatch
Only One Matte Lipstick swatch in Trendsetter – in natural light

Only One Matte Lipstick
So, what do you think? Will you be picking up this lipstick? Or trying out the mascara? Join the conversation & leave your thoughts below!

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REVIEW & SWATCHES: Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals & Crown of My Canopy

Good morning!

Today I have a review and swatch of a Wet n Wild product I have been longing to get my hands on since I’ve seen the release of it in the U.S.A. last year! There has been SO much hype around this product and I love me a good highlighter. As per usual, products always get released in the states first before Canada, and we lag behind sometimes almost over a year before we get it in our stores. So of course, when I saw these in the makeup aisle, I had to pick up both colours – Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy. Each of these were $6.67 from Walmart.

product shot of wet n wild highlighters Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy

Precious Petals (L), Crown of my Canopy (R)

I love Wet n Wild. Easily one of my favourite drugstore brands for eyeshadows – they are always buttery soft and pigmented, and the price tag is always more than reasonable. And ya’ll know I love a good deal! However, a thing I am never a fan of with WnW is the packaging of it’s products – it’s cheap (especially the lipsticks – the caps always fall off and the inside of my bag ends up wearing half a tube of the lipstick!) and it sucks. But for the price you’re paying for… you really can’t complain about the packaging. Especially when the product inside is glorious. I can definitely suck it up if I’m paying less than ten bucks for most of the items.

Swatches of Wet n Wild highlighter in precious petals & crown of my canopy

On the left, we have Precious Petals, and on the right we have Crown of my Canopy. Precious Petals is a gorgeous, light rose-gold colour – perfect for highlighting. However, Crown of my Canopy was a hard pass for me in terms of using it as a highlighter. The colour is too dark to put on the tops of my cheekbones, but makes for a beautiful, all-over shimmer bronzer or even a blush topper. If you are darker in skin tone, Crown of my Canopy would definitely work well as a highlighter!

As usual, WnW did not fail to deliver again with pigmentation and consistency of the product. It is buttery, it is highly pigmented without any chunks of glitter in it, and blends like a dream. It’s been my go-to highlighter for the last month! Unfortunately, I have a feeling that this product may have been breaking me out… but that has yet to be confirmed, as my skin has changed drastically the past six months, and many things are still under trial for me.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a budget friendly highlighter! I’m not sure if these are limited edition, but hopefully they are here to stay!

I’ll see you guys next week – I’m planning to do monthly vlogs and the first one will be coming soon! xo

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REVIEW & SWATCHES: wet n wild megaglo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche & Caramel Toffee

Happy Monday!

Today I thought I’d review two drugstore contour palettes from wet n wild. Easily my favourite cheap drugstore brand when it comes to eyeshadows/blushes & lipsticks with quality & pigmentation. I saw a couple videos on this prior to purchasing them, and they had nothing but great reviews. So I went out to look for them. These contour palettes come in two different shades: Dulce De Leche (for fairer skin tones) & Caramel Toffee (for darker skin tones). Dulce De Leche has a more neutral brown where as Caramel Toffee is definitely warmer by quite a bit.

I picked up this palette a couple months ago, right after I picked up the Kat Von D Light & Shade Palette (let me know if you would like a review of this in the comments below if you’re interested). I never know why I always pick up these awesome drugstore products right after I go purchase a high end one. (as you will see again in my upcoming review of some highlighters)

   
As you can see from the packaging, it’s already pretty beat up from my daily use. Yet if you take a look at the palette itself… it’s barely hitting pan. And I contour & bronze like a mad man.


Caramel Toffee – This is the darkest shade range out of this contour palette line from wet n wild. On the left side we have the undereye setting powder in a banana colour and on the right we have a darker, cocoa colour. I do find that the cocoa colour leans towards the warmer, reddish kind of brown, so you will have to use this with a light hand (I usually use this to accentuate my cheekbones) and ideally not as a nose contour (personally).

Dulce De Leche – The lighter shade out of the two. Ideal for contouring your nose and cheekbones. If you really have a cooler skin tone, this one will probably be the best out of the two for you.


LEFT: Dulce De Leche, RIGHT: Caramel Toffee

Overall, another great bang for your buck. I got each palette for around $5.99 from Superstore. Extremely pigmented & buttery velvet soft. Another winner. Great for beginners who want to try contouring or for those of you who are contour pros… this would be another great addition to your collection. Heck, why not?

If you have this product, what are your thoughts?

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REVIEW & SWATCHES: NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural Eyeshadow Palette

For those of you who know me… you know I love a good deal. Who doesn’t!?

I am a drugstore makeup fanatic… I spend hours standing in the makeup aisle googling a million reviews & swatches of every single product that I want to try. (Sorry to whoever goes to Walmart/Superstore/London Drugs/Shoppers with me)! I LOVE trying new products. So I thought… why not contribute and start reviewing makeup products? I’ve had and continue to try (but clearly never get to because I have trouble following through sometimes…) to do makeup tutorials/reviews on Youtube (click here for my channel) but have never blogged a review. I do hope to do a tutorial with this palette soon though!

Being from Canada, I find that a lot of products I hear about from Youtubers don’t usually hit our shelves until way later… or they just never hit our shelves.

So to my surprise, when I went by Walmart a couple days ago, I saw the NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural Eyeshadow Palette. Yes. That’s right. The dupe of the original Naked by Urban Decay as per all of the interwebs. NO. WAY. There were two more palettes left on the shelf and needless to say, I immediately snagged it for the great price of $7.97!

Side note: I own the original Naked palette by Urban Decay… in fact, it was my very first high end eyeshadow palette. And to be honest… while I reach for it at least once a week to try to put it to good use, I’m not a huge fan of it. Naked is a warm toned palette, which should compliment my yellow undertones, but I find that it looks muddy on me for some reason.

Right from the looks of the palette, the eyeshadows appear to lean towards a cooler tone. It has a mix of shimmer & matte shades, all neutral colours. When you think NYC, you don’t always think quality (with the few exceptions of awesome products here and there)… but these eyeshadows were BUTTERY VELVET SOFT and had great pigmentation all across the board. Hands down even more buttery soft than the Naked palette.

As with most pigmented shadows, there is a bit of fallout, but that’s the price you pay for good pigmentation, yeah? Nothing a little makeup remover and cotton ball can’t fix!

Now onto the swatches (all taken outside in natural lighting)…

 

Swatches taken directly in sunlight

Swatches taken in the shade

As you can see… the payoff is amazeballs for a drugstore product. Especially a NYC product! I actually like this better than my Naked palette as it does not look muddy on me at all. The eyeshadows stayed on my lids all day with primer underneath and didn’t look like it faded one bit. So bomb. So sick. Great deal.

So would I recommend this? Absolutely. Excellent pigmentation, buttery velvet soft shadows, versatile every-day colours that can easily be turned into night-time looks, bang for your buck… you literally have nothing to lose.

Have you tried this palette out yet? Do you love it? If not, are you looking to, or is this a pass? Leave a comment down below, I’m always interested in your thoughts!

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