How to Speed up Your Beauty Routine

2 Mar

Maybe you partied too hard last night. Or, you stayed up late dishing the crazy antics of your favorite reality housewife. Either way, you may have trouble getting started in the morning.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and pressed for time, follow these tips to speed up your beauty routine.

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H&M Beauty Collection: Lip Colour-to-Go

6 Oct


I popped into H&M recently just to check out the new Beauty Department making a splash in H&M stores across the globe. The collection isn’t just a few products–it’s quite extensive (700 products) with everything from hair styling products to body care to tons of makeup.

Like a kid in a candy store, I admit I had trouble deciding on one product to try. I finally settled on the Lip Colour-to-Go in “At First Blush” because I love neutrals so much.

Lip Colour-to-Go is a lipstick pencil with a moisturizing formula and decent colour pay-off. With its hydrating formula and size, it’s easy to apply with precision even without a mirror. It’s small enough to fit in just about any bag, but big enough to easily find with any other items you carry.

For staying power, I apply my favorite lip primer (NYX Lip Primer) which makes this lip colour last even longer.

So, what’s the verdict?

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Advanced Skincare Technology: Concentrated Neuropeptide Renewal Serum

5 Oct

Concentrated NeuVenin Royale ropeptide Renewal Serum

The biotechnologists who developed the Concentrated Neuropeptide Renewal Serum didn’t start out as a skincare team. While researching treatments for autoimmune and infectious diseases, they discovered that King Cobra venom offers significant visible benefits to the skin.

Although I’m not a fan of reptiles, I decided to face my phobia and take a look at Venin Royale’s innovative serum. When a scientifically advanced breakthrough in skincare technology (nominated for the 2015 #Beauty20 Award) doesn’t involve needles or surgery, I’m all in.

NRT-27™ Skincare Technology

NRT-27 is an exclusive, patent-pending blend of over 27 natural (non-synthetic) peptides and neuropeptides from King Cobra venom (humanely extracted, of course).

Not only does the venom help with soothing and calming the skin, it also improves the delivery of other age-defying ingredients like red marine algae and antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E.

How to Use the Serum

The serum is designed as a first layer under your moisturizer, foundation, or night cream.

After cleansing, apply one to two pumps twice daily over your face, neck, and hands. The formulation has a creamy texture, but it’s still lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s also hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and gluten-free.

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Get a Picture Perfect Look: Pur Minerals Love Your Selfie Palette

30 Sep

If you’re looking to up your selfie game, here’s another palette with everything you need to be at your Instagram best.

In case you missed it, the first palette introduced for the selfie-challenged was the Too Faced Selfie Finishing Powder Palette.

First, let me say that I’m a big fan of Pur Minerals. The Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Foundation is a full-coverage mineral powder foundation that’s good for your skin. If you love mineral powder foundation, this is one of the best.

Next, the Love Your Selfie palette is a travel-friendly kit with just about everything you need to get a natural look.

Here’s what you get:
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Beauty from Within: The Age GRACEfully Cookbook

28 Sep

The Age GRACEfully Cookbook

As a beauty blogger, I come across all types of skin care and makeup designed to hold back the aging process.

If you want to look and feel young, there is another strategy to slow down the physical and mental signs of aging.

I had a chance to take look at The Age Gracefully Cookbook by Grace O that turns delicious foods with powerful nutrients into rejuvenating recipes to help fight aging from the inside out.

This unique cookbook focuses on categories of food nutrients or FoodTrients that are essential to healthy living. The collection of age-fighting recipes are color coded based on these five categories:

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels.
  • Antioxidant: Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
  • Disease-Preventing: Reduces risk factors for age-related diseases.
  • Immunity Boosters: Supports the body’s resistance to infection and strengthens the immune response.
  • Mind and Beauty: Encourages vibrant skin and hair.

For example, if you want to put the brakes on age-related diseases, stir up a Balkan-inspired Potato Kale Soup recipe with cancer-fighting compounds. Or, easily add antioxidant properties to a meal by preparing tangy Green tea Noodles with Edamame.

To get started, I made a quick and tasty Tabbouleh recipe with Quinoa–a complete protein with silica which helps maintain your skin’s elasticity. Grape tomatoes in the Tabbouleh also boost the skin.

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Brighten Up with a Serum Concealer

24 Sep


There’s a new crop of concealers that may just change your makeup routine.

Concealer with serums are designed mostly for the under eye area.

If you’re looking for creamy smooth texture, concealers with serum easily blend into the skin so you won’t tug at your skin. They also provide serious brightening properties.

Here are 3 concealers with serum (from left to right in the photo) that are worth checking out.

BARESKIN Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

This serum concealer is designed to provide major coverage with an ultra-light texture. The formula contains antioxidant Lilac Plant Stem Cells to give skin a brightened, lustrous finish.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

This gel-serum concealer features brightening properties and a unique domed applicator (like a cotton swab) for the sensitive under eye area.

What I like about this concealer is that it’s infused with pineapple ceramide (pineapple is well-known for its brightening properties). You can also build the coverage without adding texture. Just dip, dot, and blend.

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Canada’s First Drybar Opens in Vancouver

22 Sep


Hey, Vancouver beauties. Have you checked out Nordstrom on Robson Street yet?

I was there for the outdoor beauty bash and opening last week, and it was a blast! Even though the store was super crowded, I did get a good look at Drybar Pacific Centre on the first floor in the cosmetics section.

If you’re not familiar with Drybar, it’s a premium blow dry bar that originated in L.A. It’s expanded all over the U.S. and has made its way up to Canada: first stop in Vancouver!

In addition to a full range of blowouts, you can also get scalp massages and hydrating treatments if your hair is on the dry side.

What I like about Drybar is that they offer a full selection of products to up your “blowout game” at home.

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Triple Duty: YSL Couture Kajal Eyeliner Pencil

21 Sep


If you want to recreate some of the graphic eyeliner trends seen on the Fall 2015 fashion runways, Yves Saint Laurent has the perfect 3-in-one pencil.

The Couture Kajal Eyeliner Pencil is an eyeliner, kohl, and smoky eyeshadow–all wrapped up into one gorgeous pencil.

With a creamy texture that glides on smoothly and a tip that always stays sharp, you’ll be able to draw inky lines that are thin or thick or in between.

The pencil comes in four wearable shades (nothing too over the top here):

  • Noir Ardent (deep black)
  • Vert Anglais (forest green)
  • Bleu Cobalt (cobalt blue)
  • Bleu Petrole (deep blue)

Here’s how you use the eyeliner pencil for three different applications.
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NEW Burt’s Bees Caramel Apple Moisturizing Lip Balm

17 Sep


Nothing says fall like apples, caramel, and lip balm.

NEW Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm has a buttery caramel flavor combined with notes of juicy tart apple (sounds yummy).

The moisturizing lip balm ingredients include rich Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Apple Fruit Extract.

Like all Burt’s Bees lip balm, the apple caramel version hydrates and moisturizes dry lips, leaving them soft and smooth.

NEW Burt’s Bees® Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm will be available October 2015.

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<3 The Blush Stops Here

[Image via Burt’s Bees]

Tyler Dawson for Clinique

14 Sep


Are you obsessed with home design and the latest in beauty?

Well, Clinique had you mind when the beauty brand collaborated with Los Angeles interior designer, Tyler Dawson, to create their exclusive Pretty By Design gift bag.

Tyler’s design approach which personifies relaxed luxury worked perfectly with Clinique’s approach to beauty.

Inspired by her favourite design spaces, Tyler modeled her Clinique bag based on a Parisian herringbone wood floor pattern. She also added a modern touch with a vibrant colour palette:

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Evolution of Contouring: Estée Lauder New Dimension

14 Sep


Contouring is still the rage, but it’s taking on a new form for beauty brands like Estée Lauder.

I heard about this new frontier of contouring at a recent Beauty Trend presentation in Vancouver and just had to share it with you.

Contouring Skin Care

The New Dimension range from Estée Lauder includes two new skin care products designed to create facial volume and reflect the skin’s best qualities.

When it comes to aging, loss of volume is a big deal as it can cause your eyes to look sunken and your cheeks to hollow out.

New Dimension Shape +Fill Expert Serum

This serum targets the cheeks and jawline with a pro-collagen complex. Over time, expect to see your face look more defined and radiant.
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MAC Haute Dogs Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

8 Sep


If you’ve passed by your local MAC Cosmetics counter, you’ve probably noticed the MAC Haute Dogs Colour Collection in all its canine splendor.

The limited edition makeup collection is inspired by well-groomed dogs although I haven’t seen too many pinky nude puppies lately . . . maybe a cross between a cocker spaniel and an Irish setter :).

For this collection, MAC has added 6 limited edition shades to its Mineralize Rich Lipstick collection. This lipstick is lightweight and provides long-term hydration so it’s not super long-lasting, but it’s so doggone pretty I couldn’t resist.

The shades include:

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Benefit’s New BB Cream Eyelid Primer: Air Patrol

2 Sep


Leave it to Benefit to come up with a new way to take care of our eyelids and make eyeshadow last all day.

Air patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer contains a complex called EnviroDefend (with SPF 20) that helps defend against the damaging rays of the sun and air pollutants. It also extends the wear of eyeshadow by helping to prevent fading, creasing, and smearing.

The primer features a CushionCalm™ tip which lets you apply the formula without putting  pressure on your eyelids (how brilliant!).

Serious Solution for Under Eye Problems: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

31 Aug

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Make Your Dark Circles Skip Town

When used for color-correcting, a concealer with an orange tint does magic to conceal under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer is a creamy, full-coverage concealer with a non-tugging formula. It combines color-correcting pigments, moisturizing ingredients, and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.

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New Colour Boosting Technology: MAC Vamplify

28 Aug

MAC Cosmetics Vamplify

So Much Pigment, So Little Time💄

Just when we’re all getting used to wearing lipstick, lip gloss is back . . . but with a twist

MAC Vamplify lip glosses are not the traditional sticky stuff that starts to wear off before you know it.

Their most dramatic lipgloss yet, MAC Cosmetics Vamplify features a new colour-boosting technology loaded with high-powered pigments. In one swipe, you get a lot of attitude plus a combination of natural oils polish with gorgeous colour.

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Smooth, Frizz-Free Hair Without Harsh Chemicals

27 Aug

Cezanne Perfect kerating Smoothing Treatment

Kiss Frizzy Hair G’Bye

If you have curly or frizzy hair, forget about wavy bobs or lobs. What you want to know is: “How can I gently and effectively smooth out my curls?”

The latest smoothing system that my hair stylist is raving about is called the Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. The treatment zaps unwanted frizzies and makes hair shiny without turning it too straight or flat.

Lindsay Lecker is a master stylist at Simon’s Hair Salon in Vancouver. She’s been working with the Cezanne smoothing treatment since it came on the hair scene. As you can see the by the photos of Lindsay’s client, the results are amazing.

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