On Sunday June 22, 2014 Chick Advisor came to Vancouver!
The ChickAdvisor Showcase event was hosted in the stunning Spanish Ballroom at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, where we indulged in some delicious food and hot beverages before being given a range of products to review on location over the course of the afternoon.
Below you’ll find all of the products that we were given to review, and what we thought of them!
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plump Collagen Lip Shine
Ashley- I really liked the idea of a lip plumper and was very eager to try this product. My first impression of the scent was not great, it had a very strong caramel scent which I’m not too fond of. Application of the product was smooth and went on thick. Within a minute I could feel the product working its magic and plumping my lips! The only way I can describe it is like a bunch of little bugs crawling over my lips. To me, that sensation told me it was working. Sure enough, my lips were nice and plump. The product performed exactly the way it was intended.
Jenn – I was skeptic. I’ve tried several lip plumping products over the years and none of them worked. The strong tingling sensation immediately after applying the Sexy Mother Pucker lip shine was quite intense and a bit uncomfortable. I was so distracted by it that I didn’t notice much else about the product. After a few minutes I was surprised to look around the table and see that everyone’s lips were in fact fuller looking!
Check out this Sexy Mother Pucker!
Ashley- My opinion hasn’t changed much on this product. I really like the tingle on my lips and the smooth sheen. The scent actually grew on me and now I like it. I love how my lips look fuller and the gloss adds a nice sheen. I would definitely categorize this as a “going out” lip gloss. I would not wear it for everyday outings but instead save it for special occasions. I will definitely buy another tube as soon as this one runs out.
Jenn – This one’s not for me. The strong tingling feeling makes me question what exactly I’m putting on my lips, and the effect wears off too quickly for my liking. I like to put my makeup on and forget about it, so I would get frustrated with having to reapplying it repeatedly.
No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer
About to cover up those dark circles!
Ashley- I was very skeptical about this product at first. I have tried many under eye cover-up sticks and they all had the same outcome… little to no coverage of my under eye circles. The colour that was given to me to try was darker than I would have picked considering I have extremely fair skin. I did not notice the difference in my skin tone to the complexion enhancer like I had anticipated, but I attributed that to the lighting. I thought the complexion enhancer went on smooth and was easy to apply. It blended in nicely and ACTUALLY covered my dark under eye circles! I was really impressed with this product.
Jenn – I was instantly amazed when I applied this product below my eyes! Having dark circles is something that I am always wishing I could hide, but this is the first time I’ve used a concealer that actually works for that purpose! I loved that it blended in perfectly with my skin tone.
No dark shadows!
Ashley- I decided to give this product another go at home. I applied it underneath my cover up and it blended nicely with my skin tone once again. This time I had good lighting so it definitely confirmed my satisfaction with this product. I noticed that my wrinkles were less noticeable while wearing this product as opposed to wearing my usual product. It goes on thick and does not thin out once you rub it in. It did not feel caked or heavy in any way. I wore it for 12 hours and I did not get watery or itchy eyes like I normally do with products that go near my eyes.
Jenn – This product works so well for me that it’s become a staple in my makeup bag. It blends easily and seamlessly with my skin, without me having to use foundation on the rest of my face. This is my favourite of all the products that we were given to review!
GOSH Bronzing Shimmer Powder
Ashley- My first impression was that bronzer does not look good on my skin! I tried it anyway and was pretty happy with the outcome considering I had to use a make-up wedge to apply it. The make-up wedge did not allow me to control how much powder I was applying to my skin and it went on undesirably thick. I liked the sparkles that were in the powder, it added a summery, sun-kissed touch. I was a little disappointed that the majority of the sparkles were only on the top of the compact and not distributed evenly throughout the product. I was satisfied but not sold on the bronzing shimmer powder until I tried with a brush at home.
Jenn – Sparkles. I’m not a fan of sparkles! I used my wedge to brush the product onto my face and was disappointed by how sparkly it was. When I looked back at the product I realized that they were only on the top layer. If you look at the picture above you can see that where I took product from the center there are none left. The colour was flattering on my skintone and gave it a healthy looking glow.
Ashley applies bronzer with a wedge
Ashley- I actually quite liked this bronzer once I applied it with a brush! It went on nice and light and gave my face an ever so slight sun kissed and summery look. I added a little more to places Id like to highlight, like my cheekbones. I am way more satisfied with this product the second time around and will most definitely add it to my everyday regime.
Jenn – I like the colour but I tend to keep my make up routine pretty simple. My skin already has a warm glow from being in the sun so this feels like an unnecessary step for summer. I will be hanging on to this one to see how it looks on me in the winter months when my skin is paler.
Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolate
Ashley- I did not particularly enjoy this product. The chocolate used in the clusters seemed overly sweet and gave me the impression of cheap chocolate. I certainly will not be wasting my calories on this snack!
Jenn – I was a bit disappointed. I really like the Skinny Cow crisp bars so I had high expectations for this treat. They were a bit sweet and the taste and texture of the chocolate wasn’t very enjoyable for me.
Ashley- I still found the clusters to be unappealing in flavour. I will probably never buy this product ever.
Jenn – While I didn’t like this product I am still a fan of the Skinny Cow brand. I like that they offer a wide variety of lower calorie options to satisfy my (many) chocolate cravings. The milk chocolate Heavenly Crisp is my favourite. I suggest giving that one a try instead!
Rocky Mountain Soap Organic Sugar Scrub
Ashley- I really enjoyed the scent of this product! It intrigued me to try it and I had high hopes. I tried a little bit on my hand. It smelled amazing and went on really smooth . I could feel the sugar granules for exfoliating and the product had an oily feel. It washed off really nicely and left my skin super soft and fragrant. The lavendar scent lasted several hours as well as the softness.
Jenn – The lavender scent was very strong when I opened the jar. The smell was pretty but overpowering. I thought that it might be too heavily scented for my taste. I applied the scrub on my hand and instantly noticed the exfoliating and moisturizing qualities that it had. After I washed the product off my skin was very soft and had an amazing sheen.
Ashley- I later used this product at home on my legs. It was perfect for scrubbing onto my legs to exfoliate them and hydrate them at the same time. I was left with smooth, moisturised and fragrant legs. I LOVE this product!
Jenn – I have a particular fondness for using organic when possible. This product is not only natural but it works great! The strong smell that the product has in the jar is washed away when you rinse it off; leaving only soft, glowing skin and a subtle flowery scent. I’ll be keeping this sugar scrub in the shower so that I can use it regularly!
Kleenex Expressions by Isaac Mizrahi
Ashley- I thought the design on the box was just okay. The kleenex inside was average in texture and softness. I was not blown away by this product in any way. Some of the other designs were nice but definitely not worth the $2.50 per box that they cost.
Jenn – I love the rose pattern on the box that I was given. I am a fan of Kleenex tissues and found the quality of the ones in this box to be comparable to what I’ve come to expect from the brand. They are soft and strong. As much as I love the novelty of this product I wasn’t a big fan of the price point.
Ashley- If I really liked the design on this box – which I don’t – I would simply refill the tissue box with no name or cheap tissues. I would probably never buy this particular type of “designer tissues” unless they were on major sale or a really good coupon was available for them.
Jenn – If this product was available in multi-packs for a better price per box I would absolutely buy them. I love most of the Isaac Mizrahi Kleenex designs and my kids do too.
Soap & Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream
Ashley- I have really dry heels so I had extremely high hopes for this product. I opened it up, squeezed a small amount into my hands and instantly fell in love with the fresh flowery fragrance. The texture felt like really thick conditioner and applied really smoothly onto my feet. It went on thick and felt like a glove of moisture. My feet felt exceptionally smooth after application and not sticky or slippery as I would imagine. I really enjoyed the scent of my feet afterwards too!
Jenn- The first thing that I noticed was the soft flowery aroma this product has. It has an incredible smooth texture that felt wonderful when I rubbed it onto my dry feet. My rough heels have been in need of some TLC for a little while now and this product softened them very nicely.
Ashley- I have used this product a few more times since first trying it out. I still like it but I am not in love with it. It did leave my feet pleasantly fragrant and exceptionally smooth. My problem with the product is the next day, my feet feel like they are not able to breathe. They feel too cold when it is cold, and too warm when it is warm. They don’t seem to regulate temperature as well as before. I have major mixed feeling on this product… I love the softness and scent BUT I don’t think I can handle the suffocation of my feet. I will most likely use this product only when I’m in dire need of a softening and skip the everyday routine.
Jenn – I really like the way this product moisturizes and softens my heels, but it’s almost too moisturizing (if that’s possible?) for the softer parts of my feet. I find that in some areas my skin is left feeling almost clammy after using it. I will continue to use this product on my heels because I love the way that it makes them feel, but won’t be applying it as an all over solution for moisturizing my feet.
Skinny Cow Greek Frozen Yogourt Salted Caramel
Ashley- My first impression was it tasted A LOT better than I had anticipated. I expected a thick overpowering caramel taste. I was pleasantly surprised by the light and creamy taste. The caramel was subtle and there was just the right amount of cream. I did not like how quickly the product melted though. I was barely half way through when it started dripping everywhere!
Jenn – I’m always a bit nervous when trying anything caramel flavoured because it’s not something I typically enjoy (add the word salted and I’m even more skeptical) but to my surprise I really liked the way this frozen yoghurt tasted! The caramel flavour is subtle and the yoghurt is rich and creamy without being too sweet.
Ashley- Although I did like the product better than I had expected, I probably would not buy this product. I did not enjoy it enough to buy it. For a low calorie treat, I suppose it does the trick, but I wasn’t completely sold. If it had been more frozen, perhaps I would have enjoyed it more and my opinion might have been different.
Jenn – It’s unlikely that I will ever choose caramel over chocolate when I have the option, but I am happy to have discovered them because they do taste good! My husband loves salted caramel so I will be buying these bars for him to try.
No Bleeding Lips Secret Lipliner
Ashley- First impression? “what in the heck is this?!” and “why am I putting this around my lips instead of ON them?” This remarkable little product is perfect for lipstick challenged people like myself. You draw around your lips with this clear lip liner, put your lipstick on and VIOLA! your lipstick is perfect! This product absolutely works and it works WELL. This was one of my favourite products that i had tried at Showcase. It is one of those super innovative ideas that is so simple but makes so much sense. I will never use lipstick without first applying The No Bleed Lips Secret Lipliner.
Jenn – I like to keep things simple and this seemed like a gimmicky product to me when it was first explained to apply it outside of your lips. When I put it on and then applied my lipstick my lips looked nice… but they always do. I wasn’t sold. It seemed like a waste of time and money to me.
Ashley- I tried the product at home with a darker shade of lipstick and it still worked just as well as the first time I tried it! My lipstick went on smooth with perfect lines. No more shoddy applications of lipstick for me. I will forever use this product as long as I can still find it in stores.
Jenn – I can admit it… I was wrong about this one. The day after Showcase I applied lip colour and noticed that maybe it doesn’t go on quite as perfectly as I had pictured before. The next time I used lipstick I gave No Bleeding Lips another chance. I was shocked to realize that it really did make a noticeable difference to how smooth the line of my lip colour looks at the edges. This product has found it’s way into my makeup bag and I use it all the time now!
Bourjois Paris Color Boost Crayon
Ashley- I was a little disappointed when I was handed the “orange” colour to try. I put the colour aside and focused on the feel of the lipstick and how smooth it went on. The colour was rich and glided on very smoothly. My lips felt moisturised and had colour. As it turns out, the orange really is a nice colour on me. I expected the colour to be more true to the neon orange the tube was but it was a softer and more pink hue, thankfully! Unfortunately this lipstick is not kiss proof and did leave marks on my glass but I was still pretty impressed with the overall outcome of this product.
Jenn – I was excited to be given “Peach on the Beach” to review. It matched perfectly with my outfit and a lot of the other clothes that I will be wearing this summer. When I saw the boldly coloured pencils I thought that the colours would be quite matte. While they are striking, they are actually a bit sheer and very flattering. The lip colour slid on smoothly and evenly and felt nice and soft on my lips.
Ashley- I will definitely rock the tangerine lips again! Paired with the No Bleed Lipliner, it was a match made in heaven. I took pictures of my lips with the lipstick on and really liked the colour on me. I feel like this colour would work in all seasons, not just summer. I will most definitely buy this lipstick again in orange, and I’d love to try their other colours as well.
Jenn – I’ve been using the Bourjois Paris Color Boost Crayon quite regularly since I received it. While I am still happy with it I am not as excited about it as I was at first. The color wears off quite quickly and I can’t be bothered to carry it around with me to reapply. I would love to see these colors in a a lip stain format. The peach, orange and pink in this product line are all very pretty.
We had so much fun at Showcase Vancouver and are looking forward to future events!
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