Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul

26 May


Happy mid-week, beauties ✨.

Here are a few drugstore products I picked up recently when I was just browsing:). The good news is that I was pleasantly surprised with all of these choices.

Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette

NYC New York Color Lovatics By Demi Eyeshadow Palette features 12 nude shadows inspired by Demi Lovato’s natural look. Demi is a brand ambassador for NYC New York Color and worked with the brand to develop several products for her Lovatics collection.

The shades in this palette range from warm, neutral shades to cooler shades and have different finishes: from matte to shimmer. The shades are very wearable and have surprisingly good payoff (note that there is a bit of powder dust-up in the pan when you dip the brush into the shadow).

Some beauty bloggers are claiming that this palette is a perfect dupe for the bestselling Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. Since I don’t have this palette, I can’t confirm this. What I can vouch for is that this palette has a ton ‘o possibilities for under $10.

Rimmel London Supercurler 24HR Volume & Curl Mascara

As a drugstore brand, Rimmel does pretty well with mascara (like the Wonder’Lash mascara with argan oil), so I had to check out their latest curling mascara.

The Supercurler mascara features a formula with built-in lash curling power that lasts for up to 24 hours. It also provides volume and definition for your lashes via an eye-shaped curved fiber brush that lets you get close to the tip for full body volume.

After using it for a few weeks, I’m impressed with its curling ability. If you’re hooked on lash curlers, it won’t give you the same effect but it does come close. You can also build the mascara for a high volume look.

TIP: When using a curling mascara, don’t forget to push your lashes back gently with the mascara brush to create the curl.

COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

I have to confess that I’m a mineral powder foundation fan, but I want to stay open for other options. Since there are so many great liquid foundations coming out lately, I thought I should jump back into the liquid foundation game:).

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Clarins Summer Essentials: Shimmery Eyes and Lips

23 May


Happy Monday, beauties 💋‍ !

Even though the long stretch of summer weather hasn’t kicked in yet, I’ve definitely been checking out summer beauty essentials.

Of course, nothing goes better with a healthy, bronzed look then shimmery eyes and lips.

I was lucky enough to check out samples of Clarins’ Sunkissed makeup collection, including their latest beach-worthy eye and lip products.

Ombre Waterproof Eyeshadow

Clarins’ limited edition cream eyeshadow for the summer comes in a perfectly portable tube in four gorgeous ombre shades:

  • Golden peach
  • Silver Taupe
  • Copper Brown
  • Golden Sand

The texture of this cream eyeshadow is velvety smooth and the finish is pearlescent so they make any eye color pop! Not only that, they’re super easy to apply (you don’t even need a brush) for either a soft look or a more intense, dramatic one.

TIP: Make sure your eyelids are clean and free of oil before applying cream eyeshadow so that it stays put.

The formula of this eyeshadow contains orange flower wax which is gentle on the skin. It also creates a barrier against water and moisture so that your eyeshadow stays on a long time.

Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

Clarins has added three limited edition shades to their lip gloss line that you can wear alone or over lipstick:

  • Pink Shimmer
  • Orange Shimmer
  • Red Shimmer

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Scale Down Your Beauty Routine: The Everything Balm

19 May


Who doesn’t love multipurpose beauty products? Not only do they speed up your beauty routine, they also free up valuable real estate on your bathroom counter:).

Cake Beauty has taken multipurpose to the next level. They’ve just launched the Delectable Everything Balm, a sheer beauty balm designed to hydrate, smooth, and condition just about everything from stray hairs to dry cuticles.

The key ingredient in this beauty balm is castor oil, which has been used for thousands of years as a high-performance beauty treatment due to its deep penetrating properties. To add even more moisture, the balm also contains shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and sunflower seed oil.

I had a chance to sample this cruelty free and vegan balm this week. One of my favorite features is that the balm comes in a tube (instead of a sticky jar) with an easy-dispensing pump.

The pump releases a small amount of the balm that you can apply directly to the area you want to treat or the palm of your hand. Using a tube also means you’ll avoid tracking in dirt and germs.

21+ Uses of the Everything Balm

For those of us who want to get out of the door faster, Cake Beauty has discovered 21+ innovative uses of The Everything Balm.

Here are my top five favorites uses:

1-Plumps lips.

2-Tames eyebrows.

3-Pops cheekbones.

4-Smooths frizz.

5-Extends your fragrance!

If you want to be ready for any beauty emergency, store one of these pretty pink tubes in your handbag and you’re good to go!

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Little Box of Happy: Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company

16 May

Little Box of Happy: Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company

Happy Monday, beauties!

Have you been thinking about trying out a beauty subscription box?

I was lucky enough to sample the Little Box of Happy created by Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company. This monthly subscription box contains 100% natural bath and skincare products inspired by the beautiful places and scents of the east coast.

If you become a subscriber, you’ll receive artisan products before they’re available to the rest of the world as well as the company’s most popular sellers.

Here’s what this month’s Little Box of Happy has to offer.

Bath Fizzer (in Lavendar)

Not only are the Pearl & Daisy bath bombs beautifully scented, they’re made with moisturizing coconut oil and sunflower seed oil. The bath bomb is a good size (about as large as a 2.5″ tennis ball) which means there’s a lot of fizzing and relaxing to enjoy!

Soothing Facial Mask

The best facial masks use natural ingredients and no fillers. This soothing mask blends hand-picked botanicals, with the benefits of traditional plants backed by science. Key ingredients include Canadian oats and marshmallow root which repair and protect skin.

If you have irritated or inflamed skin, use this soothing honey and lemon balm mask up to two times a week to calm your skin.

Lavendar Body Balm

This solid body balm melts on contact and provides the ultimate intensive moisture therapy. It’s especially good for dry skin on your heels and elbows.

My feet are adjusting to sandal season, so moisturizing them with this lavender body balm is the perfect way to get them ready for the summer.

Orange Beep Natural Lip Balm

Fellow Canadians, do you remember Beep? If you never tried Beep, it was a fruit juice-based drink that Canadian kids, like me, enjoyed for breakfast (even my budgie liked it 😄).

I don’t know how Pearl & Daisy has done it, but they’ve created one of their conditioning lip balms in a citrus punch flavor like Beep.

Veranda Handcrafted Soap

This 100% natural artisan soap blends the summer scent of lemon verbena with essential oil from the leaves and flowers of sweet white thyme.

Who were the Original Pearl and Daisy?

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Want to Prevent Aging Skin? Use Sunscreen Daily ☀️

12 May


If you want to prevent aging skin, it’s super easy. Wear sunscreen every day!

A Sunscreen and Prevention of Skin Aging study run by a group of physicians demonstrated what dermatologists have been telling us for years (but had yet to prove).

The study looked at 900 adults younger than 55 living in Australia over a period of four years. All participants wore sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15+.

Participants who applied sunscreen regularly had younger-looking hands, with 24 percent less skin aging than those who used sunscreen only some of the time.

Now that may not sound like a lot, but think of the “nasty” sun spots and wrinkled skin that can show up on your face and hands year after year. What if you could prevent some of that aging with sunscreen?

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Pretty in Pink Summer Nails

9 May


It doesn’t matter what the latest nail shade is for summer, there’s just something about pink nail polish that makes it timeless and classic.

From cotton candy to pale pink, there are all kinds of options when it comes to pink nails for hotter weather.

Beautytip: Heat and sunlight can alter the color and thickness of your nail polish. To help polish last longer, store it in the refrigerator.

Here are some of my favorites that I count on during the spring and summer months.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat

For a sheer pink tint, nothing beats Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat. On top of that, the keratin-based formula hardens natural nails so they grow stronger.

It also helps to make nails whiter as the formula also includes an optical brightener that filters out any yellow appearance. Find out more about this pink nail gel here.

OPI Nail Lacquer (in Passion)

If you love neutrals or a natural-looking finish, this is a flattering nude pink shade. I love it because it makes my nails look healthy.

Of course, it’s also an OPI nail lacquer–need I say more:).

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer (in Lady Slipper)

I didn’t expect to pick up nail lacquer at Crabtree & Evelyn, but I couldn’t resist this sweet shade of shimmering pink.

I love that the formula dries fast and glides on smoothly. It’s also free of camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde, and toluene.

Essie Nail Polish (in Ballet Slippers)

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Battle of the Blurs

5 May


Have you done your makeup spring cleaning yet?

I recently re-organized some of my makeup and noticed how many blurring products I have. I’m all for a natural look, but sometimes even a beauty blogger needs extra help:).

Here are some of the blurring products that I use regularly. You can apply them as a primer before makeup or to areas you want to blur after applying makeup.

The battle really comes down to the type of makeup you’re wearing, the state of your skin, and how much you want to pay for this type of product.

Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother

This instant smoother is designed to blur the visible signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines, flaws, and visible pores. The formula comes in a pink mousse which is easy to blend.

The large tube and lower price are what I like most about this product since its blurring capability rivals more expensive products.

Nanoblur Instant Skin Finisher

This skin finisher contains optical prism technology designed to give your skin a naturally airbrushed effect. When you apply Nanoblur, micro-prisms reflect light and create a smoothing effect.

The formula is thicker than other blurring products and takes a few seconds to dry on your skin. It also has a bit of a lifting sensation, and can help conceal redness and broken capillaries.

This is one of my favorite blur products; however, it is pricier than other products.

The Body Shop All-in-One Eye Primer

This eye primer is designed to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid, and enhance eye shadow color. It has a nude tint (which blends in easily) to help conceal darkness and redness around the eyes.

If you want to target only your eye area, this is worth taking a look at it. However, the other blurring products work just as well in the eye area and can be used all over the face.

Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer

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Latest Mascara Innovation: MAC Cosmetics Pro Beyond Twisted Lash

2 May

MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash

Happy Monday beauties!

Talk about a twisted obsession. I’ve always wanted to try a mascara with a small brush that lets you easily reach the roots of your lashes (especially the bottom lashes).

So when I spotted MAC’s latest mascara, Pro Beyond Twisted Lash, I just had to take it home.

After testing the mascara for a few days, I’ve discovered that this innovative mascara actually has two key benefits:

  • You can get in very close to the root of your lashes since the mascara brush is so small. The small brush lets you easily reach top, bottom, inner, and outer lashes without creating a total mess:).
  • You can twist and bend the flexible mascara wand up to a 90-degree angle for an unobstructed view of your lashes (perfect for those who wear glasses).

The formula for this mascara is lightweight which means you won’t see a lot of flakes. It’s also long-wearing (thank you MAC ❤️ ) and separates lashes effectively.

For a bit of drama, build the mascara to add more curl and lift.

I would recommend this mascara for a day or office look, especially when you’re super busy and don’t have too much time to check on your makeup.

How to Apply

Here how you use MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash:


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