Finally, coconut oil is getting the attention it deserves for promoting a healthy metabolism (and other health benefits) and for standing in as an amazing beauty multi-tasker.
Here are three of the best ways to use coconut oil.
Let’s face it. If you’re a makeup junkie (like me), you need a gentle, but effective way to take off your shadow, liner, and mascara. Rub coconut oil gently on your eyelids and lashes and you not only easily remove makeup, you also condition lashes. Seriously, if you’ve been abusing your lashes, you will see an improvement pretty quickly.
Cooking & Baking Substitute
Coconut oil is a great replacement for less healthy baking options like butter and shortening, which may contain Trans fats. Replace coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio and use it at room temperature for flaky baked goodies.
In honor of Canada’s birthday, here are a couple of outstanding beauty brands from our home and native land that you should check out.
Since 1996, CARGO has come up with makeup innovations like the the Essential Eye Palette, Reverse Lip Liner, and the latest Double Agent Concealer Balm.
Originally based in Toronto, CARGO products are a staple in some of Hollywood’s hot goody bags from the Oscars to the Emmy awards to the Golden Globes.
This Canadian line was originally created to provide therapeutic benefits and environmental protection while being free of all irritants.
Today, Cover FX regularly features new formulations with a global shade palette containing good-for-you ingredients.
If you’re looking for high-quality foundation in any format, I suggest checking out their line especially their latest: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops.
First came BB cream for your face. Next came BB creams for your hair. Now, you can apply a BB cream to improve the skin texture on your body.
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is designed to create five “beautifying” benefits to your skin:
- Illumination (subtle sheen)
- Evenness (redness/discoloration)
- Correction (blurs/hides imperfections)
It’s very easy to go overboard when it comes to your nails. There are so many fantastic nail collections to try and it’s only the beginning of summer.
If your nails need some SOS., try reviving them with an at-home oxygen treatment.
Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment is a nutrient-rich nail care solution designed to revamp thin, weak nails in about four weeks.
Last year, Shiseido introduced Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate designed to boost the immunity of the skin in its defense against the signs of aging.
Ultimune was such a game changer that it won the best cosmetics award “Prix d’Excellence” in 2014 sponsored by French magazine, Marie Claire.
Taking eye treatment to a new level of intensity, Shiseido has just launched Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate for the delicate skin around the eye area. Ultimune Eye is based on the same patented immunity activating technology which has won dedicated customers all over the world (one million bottles have already been sold!).
I recently won an invitation to a VIP dinner hosted by Shiseido Canada and City Line’s resident beauty expert Dave Lackie to celebrate the launch of Ultimune Eye.
Talk about lucky–this invitation is like winning the lottery.
What You Need to Know About Ultimune Eye
Here’s what I learned during Shiseido’s presentation in their cross-country mobile Ultimune Lab and what you need to know!
Do you ever wish your foundation could be as smooth as your favorite moisturizer, or as firming as your favorite serum?
Cover FX has come up with a genius product called Custom Cover Drops that can turn any moisturizer, serum, oil, or primer that is water, oil, or silicone-based into foundation.
The drops feature a unique technology which leaves behind a pigment that transforms into a sheer tint or a total coverage foundation, depending on how many drops you add. To ensure the smoothest application, the pigments are also coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin.
Choose from a wide range of shades (up to 24) ranging from fair to light skin with pink undertones to medium to deeply tanned skin with golden undertones.
If you’re a millennial, chances are a serum isn’t part of your skincare ritual yet.
Yet, the fact is that biological and physical changes do occur under the skin’s surface at this age. Whether it’s from late nights, stress, or sun exposure, skin can become uneven and dull resulting in a less radiant complexion.
Original Skin™ Renewal Serum with Willowherb by Origins was recently introduced as a high-performance solution to address the transition in quality of skin faced by today’s millennials. This super-serum helps skin look fresher and brighter, while it minimizes the appearance of imperfections.
The star ingredient in the serum is Willowherb, found in the Canadian prairies (yea Canada!), which has traditionally been used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments. This plant extract and other potent ingredients boost the skin’s overall quality and help soften the appearance of pores and imperfections.
Unless you’ve been blessed by the skin gods, you’ll probably experience a shiny complexion as the weather heats up.
If you’re away from home and need a fix for oily summer skin, the bareMinerals Touch Up To-Go kit is the way to go.
The kit comes in a small zippered bag and includes:
- A mini compact of bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent
- A baby buki bush
- A compact pad (TIP: use the pad for a tapping motion if you don’t want to smudge your foundation).
No time for lip primer? You won’t have to miss this smoothing step anymore with Clinique’s latest lipstick collection: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer.
Not only do you get a built-in primer that defines and nourishes your lips, the long-wearing velvety finish stays true and doesn’t fade over time (really!).
What makes Clinique’s new lip colour unique? The formula contains Shea and Murumur butters plus flexible polymer blends that maintain moisture and keep the wearable colours vibrant.
I had a chance to try Fab Pop, a creamy shade of light pink, which didn’t disappoint despite several sips of water and orange pekoe tea.
Let’s face it. When you’re out at the beach, your skin and hair can take a beating from the sun, wind, and surf. So, why not address both issues with one product?
Aerin Beach Cream for Hair and Body is a conditioning cream with a subtle shimmer.
Just a quarter-sized dollop adds a summer glow to your skin or activates the sun’s warm rays for a deep conditioning hair treatment.
If you loved the Maybelline New York The Nudes palette, get ready for the next edition: The Blushed Nudes.
What’s different about this nude palette? The shades have been infused with rose gold pigments. Rose gold is a carry over of a trend from last spring (check it out here).
The palette features 12 shades in pinks, plums, and rose colors which are flattering on just about everyone. The shades are mostly shimmer (not over the top) but there are also 3 matte shades. If you need inspiration on using the shades turn over the compact to see quad, trio, and duo combinations.
TIP: Green or hazel-eyed ladies, the shades in this palette will make your eye color pop!
I love the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner any time of the year, but especially during the summer weather.
With its creamy texture, the waterproof eyeliner pencil glides on smooth and stays put without smudging or fading for the entire day (no makeup meltdown).
Do you struggle at drawing a defined line? Well, this eyeliner is a game-changer when it comes to easily drawing a straight line on the first try that almost looks like a liquid liner. Leave the line as is or use the smudge tip or for a smoky summer evening look.
Even though it’s a retractable pencil, you can also create a super-fine tip using the built-in sharpener. And talk about an extensive color range. The eyeliner comes in 21 matte, shimmer, or glitter shades.
Want to take a break from contouring and highlighting?
Then, check out Clarins’ lightweight powder blush that lets you instantly add colour and luminosity. Not only that, the power is lightweight and contains mineral and plant extracts.
Each Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour mosaic compact contains two different shades with two different finishes that let you get a glow in two easy swipes.
Use the matte finish to apply colour to your cheeks, then use the illuminating finish (not over the top sparkles) to highlight your cheeks. Voila you’re done.
The cheek colour comes in these shades:
Nothing says spring better than a flush of pink on your cheeks and lips.
It would be great if we could keep the glow from a yoga class or a run along the beach (in Vancouver), but that’s wishful thinking.
If you’re looking to capture that spring flush, Dior has developed new technology that immediately reacts to moisture in the skin and lips to give them a custom pink glow.
Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, which comes in a universal shade, is an ultra-light gel formula that leaves a healthy rosy glow with a natural, sheer look.
How to Apply Dior Cheek & Lip Glow
If you want to try this hot, hot, hot mascara, you’ll have to wait till it’s restocked at Sephora.
In the meantime, here’s why there’s buzz about Ciate London Triple Shot Mascara.
The special formula in this mascara is unique in that it coats the lashes with a glossy finish creating a more wide-eyed look.
The wand also has a starfish design with less rows of bristles than on most other mascara wands. What this means is that excess formula stays between the rows and transfers onto the root of the lashes on contact.
I can never get enough of the nude makeup look, but I realized I haven’t covered nude nail shades.
Well, here we go . . . Bobbi Brown is offering two gorgeous shades in the summery Sandy Nudes Collection. This latest collection is inspired by the hues of beaches, and is designed to be layered and blended for easy summer beauty.
The two limited edition shades are glossy and can be worn for a day at the beach, a night out, or just about anywhere:
- Nude−pale nude pink
- Naked−light beige
Why do you need to wear nude nail polish in the summer?