Cosmetic Proof | Vancouver beauty, nail art and lifestyle blog

HAIR | GLISS Hair Repair Color Guard with Keratin Technology

You have probably heard of the hair care brand Schwarzkopf, the brand behind got2b, Keratin Color and ULTIME. When it comes to drugstore brands, got2B is one of my favourite drugstore brands and when I saw a new line that used keratin technology to repair and restore colour-treated hair, my blue hair at the time cried with excitement.

Launched in Spring of this year, the Canadian GLISS lineup contains five hair repair formulas with different goals in mind. I immediately jumped to the Colour Guard ($9.99 CDN each) formula with its promise of protection using a UVA/UVB filter and providing up to 12 weeks of colour protection for coloured hair while keeping hair looking shiny. If you had been in the shower with me the first three times I washed my blue hair, it was a scary sight! After that, all I could think about was keeping all that colour IN MY HAIR instead of in my bathtub! 

Gliss Color Guard Shampoo and Conditioner Review

GIVEAWAY | Live Clean Fall Beauty (It's Alll the Good Stuff!)

This month has been so busy that I COMPLETELY forgot about my 6 year blog anniversary on October 1st! When I started blogging, it was seen as almost an embarrassing hobby, but now people seem genuinely interested and excited when I tell them all about this "successful hobby" as a friend so adequately put it. I know some get discouraged and jaded with blogging and the politics of PR and bloggers and believe me, I have some very strong opinions, but this will always be my Fortress of Solitude. While I am never extremely personal in my entries, I try to share a piece of normal life with you with every post and I often go back into my archives to see what was going in my life at certain points and reminisce. I like seeing what I enjoyed blogging about leading up to my wedding, when I was having a rough time at work or when I was just about to finish school.

How fitting that in addition to Cosmetic Proof turning 6 that Live Clean has decided to help me and a fellow reader celebrate the arrival of Fall with a Beauty Renew and Repair giveaway! Live Clean has had such a strong presence here because I enjoy their products and their philosophy and with the weather getting drier, my skin has been more itchy than usual after a shower (I love my hot showers that's why) and has been sucking up all body oils and moisturizers so hydration has been my best friend.

Live Clean Giveaway

NAILS | Easy Halloween Nail Art #ManiMonday

Last week ran away from me just as I expected with the LD Beauty Event happening up at Whistler and a very very busy work week involving some long hours and more caffeine than I am used to. My system feels in need of some sort of detox or reboot as the last thing I want to happen is to get sick! I did not think I would have the time or energy to come up with a fresh ManiMonday let alone one for Halloween, but then a package from Beauty Big Bang showed up containing these fancy Halloween nail decals* which took all of 5 minutes to apply, but didn't end up looking quite as sharp as I had hoped after top coat was applied.

Halloween Nail Art

NAILS | Vampy Gradient Stripes

Yes, yes I know. I should be doing Halloween manicures now that we are halfway through the month and I promise you those are coming, but let's enjoy Fall for a little bit shall we? I have had this manicure sketched out in bullet journal since AUGUST, but as I can only manage two manicures a week this is the pace I seem to be at with work and all.

This is the first Fall collection I am diving into and it is the CND Vinylux Nightspell Collection which is very characteristically Fall with some shades and also has some chrome finishes which are trending this season. I am not a huge fan of chrome polishes because of the tendency for streakiness, but with certain shades I will make an exception!

CND Nightspell Collection

EVENT | London Drugs 2017 Fall Beauty Event

I rarely do event posts because I never know if you guys are interested in reading about them, but this year's annual London Drugs Beauty Event was something totally different than from previous years as it was an overnight event taking place in beautiful Whistler! London Drugs very generously hosted all media at the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler with each of us having our own accommodations. For me this meant lounging in bed and watching Food Network! Though it was a bit of a challenge to attend the event, as it was in the middle of the week, I did a bit of soul-selling with my boss and even SHE thought this was something I needed to go to! I am going to apologize for the quality of the photos now with their different sizes (I had to crop out the hoardes of people passing by the products!) and horrific lighting! I promise the photos will be better when my reviews are ready! 

London Drugs Fall Beauty Event

NAILS | Metallic Nails with Interchangeable Magnetic Charms?! #ManiMonday

I am halfway through a very long week  (no, Thanksgiving isn't happening this year for me), but I am not missing a ManiMonday just yet! I didn't get a chance to do Thanksgiving-themed nails this year, but maybe next month I will think of something for American Thanksgiving! Maybe something with tryptophan?

Born Pretty Chrome Nail Art