Summer Shine Patrol: 3 Products for Fighting Oily Skin

27 Jun

Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers

Even if you’re not prone to oily skin, the hot humid weather can bring out the shine on your face (especially the T-zone) The good news is that there are different ways to tackle unwanted summer shine on your skin.

Here are three products that can help fight oily skin during the summer months.

Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers

These powder-free tissues are perfect for absorbing excess oil and perspiration during the summer months, without removing makeup.

The tissues (100 per pack) come in a refillable black faux-leather case with a mirror that can fit in a back pocket. If you’re looking for an on-the-go solution for shiny skin, these pocket-size tissues are definitely not your old-fashioned blotting papers.

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Good Enough to Eat: Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation

23 Jun

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation

Since I’m a chocoholic, no one has to twist my arm to try out beauty products that team up with cocoa ingredients.

So, it was only a matter of time till I picked up Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation :).

If you prefer medium to full coverage and love the smell of cocoa, this foundation is worth checking out.

Not only does it smell great, the foundation features a unique cocoa complex with anti-aging qualities that hydrate and smooth skin (and boost your mood!).

With hyaluronic filling spheres, the foundation also does a good job of concealing imperfections like pores and fine lines with a matte finish.

The Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation comes in eight flexible shades that work with almost any skin tone:

  • Fair
  • Light
  • Golden Light
  • Light/Medium
  • Medium
  • Medium/Tan
  • Tan
  • Deep Tan

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Handy Tips for Summer Nails

20 Jun

 Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Happy Monday, beauties ❤️.

Want your nails to look amazing during the summer?

You can keep them looking good without giving up the things you love during the hot weather.

Just follow a few easy tips to get your fingers and toes in shape and ready for some well deserved attention.

1. Keep Them Short

Go for shorter nails to show off your manicure and all the trendy colors and textures of summer like Dior Vernis polka dots. Short nails are also less susceptible to chipping.

One of the most fashionable (and professional) shapes is called a squoval—a square with rounded edges. This shape mirrors your cuticle shape and usually requires less maintenance than a square shape.

2. Go For a Natural Look

Try a nude color for a natural look whether you’re spending time in the city or at the beach or lake.

Check out a new natural shade from the Sally Hansen Color Therapy line called Couple’s Massage launching soon.

3. Make Your Nail Polish Last

If you want your manicure to last, make sure to apply polish to clean, dry nails (oils, creams, and residue prevent paint from staying in place). Re-applying a top coat every few days can also help you go the distance.

If you’re in hurry, try a top coat like the Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat with argan oil launching soon.
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London Drugs Annual Beauty Preview: #LDBeauty

16 Jun


Happy Thursday, beauties 💕.

Last night, I attended the annual London Drugs beauty event in Vancouver, which features upcoming beauty releases from prestige and drugstore beauty brands.

This was my first time attending the #LDBeauty event and I was so excited (and honored) to join dozens of local media and beauty bloggers.

As soon as we arrived, London Drugs got down to business and handed us an empty goody bag to hold all of the amazing samples from the beauty vendors who set up booths at the event.

For the next couple of hours, I was lucky enough to check out each brand’s booth and discover what we’ll be seeing on London Drugs’ shelves in the next few months.

I know all of you love to read about products that are launching soon, so I can’t wait to share some of the highlights from the #LDBeauty 2016 Beauty Collection (stay tuned for more in future posts).

The bottom line is that the next few months of beauty are looking good:).


I’m already a big fan of NYX Cosmetics so I was pumped to check out the latest from their professional makeup line. The products in their latest launch have a bit of an edge like their gradient Ombré Blush, inspired by the ombré trend.

There’s also a slew of vibrant Soft Matte Lip Creams including a Vancouver shade (woo hoo!), which is an amazing deep purple color.


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Light and Airy Floral Blend: Prada Candy Florale

13 Jun


Are you a fan of Prada Candy? If you love the delicious scent of Prada Candy, you may want to check out another member of the Prada Candy family . . . especially as a summer scent.

Prada Candy Florale contains an uplifting mix of floral notes, soft powdery notes, and the warmth of honey to reflect the scent’s sensual side.

The key notes are limoncello, peonies, musk, benzoin, and caramel.

This floral version of Prada Candy is a scent you may prefer during warmer weather, especially hot, sultry nights:).

The flowerlike scent is soft and feminine, but not overly sweet. It’s a light and fresh take on the Prada Candy original scent.

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Stila Sun-kissed Favorites

9 Jun

Stila Sunkissed Favorites

Happy mid-week beauties.

Since we’ve had a glimpse ⛅️ of summer in Vancouver this week, I’ve been thinking it’s time to switch over to some hot weather favorites.

For me, Stila definitely comes to mind for an easy on-the-go sun-kissed look.

Stila Eye Shadow Trio (in Rose-Gold Glow)

To switch up my summer bronze glow, I picked up the baked Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Rose-Gold Glow for a metallic look with a rose gold tone.

This eye shadow combination features a pearl pigment for just the right shimmer and contrast. The neutral shades, which can be applied dry or wet for a bolder look, include:

  • Soft pink
  • Cool taupe
  • Rich brown

You can use these shades as a base, crease shadow, and eye liner.

Stila Baked Cheek Duo (in Pink Glow)

This cheek color duo has been designed to work with the eye shadow trio. Since it’s also baked, it has a sheer, smooth application that easily adds radiance as a pink blush or a bronzer for deeper color.

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Match Made in Heaven: Tarte Picture Perfect Duo

6 Jun

Tarte Picture Perfect Duo

If you’re serious about mascara, you know that once in a while your lashes need a little TLC.

To get the job done, you don’t have to give up your eyelash curler and mascara permanently.

The Tarte Perfect Duo with an ergonomically designed eyelash curler and a sample of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara is the perfect match to give your lashes a break.

Tarte Eyelash Curler

The Tarte eyelash curler has grip handles and a silicon pad that helps to apply just the right amount of pressure (and not too much) so that your lashes are evenly curled.

The design with a curved angle and wide mouth suits all eye shapes so you won’t overwork your lashes with too much pinching and crimping.

TIP: For the perfect curl, place the open curler close to the lash line. Squeeze the handles tightly together, then release.

Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara

I’m already a fan of Tarte’s 4-in-1 mascara. I use this mascara when I want to be gentle on my lashes but still get all the perks: lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning.

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Summer Ready Makeup: Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

2 Jun

SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

I love the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner any time of the year, but especially during the summer weather.

With its creamy texture, this waterproof eyeliner pencil glides on smooth and stays put without smudging or fading for the entire day (no makeup meltdown).

If you struggle with drawing a defined line (like me), this eyeliner is a game-changer. The texture of the liner makes it easy to draw a straight line on the first try that almost looks like a liquid liner. Leave the line as is or use the smudge tip for a smoky 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 22 matte, shimmer, or glitter shades.

Three of my favorites shades are (from left to right in the photo):
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