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).
Here are three products that can help fight oily skin during the summer months.
Bobbie 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. As one reviewer on the Bobbie Brown site mentioned, they’re not your Grandma’s blotting papers!
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?
If you love to give back and also wear gorgeous neutral shades, Chantecaille has a striking eye shadow trio that is definitely worth splurging on.
Chantecaille palettes are so breathtaking, they could easily double as collector’s items. The 15 Year Anniversary Eye Shade Trio is no exception.
It comes in a refillable limited edition gunmetal palette with three neutral shades that can easily take you through any season:
After a long, cold winter (and spring), your skin is probably looking a little dull.
You can amp it up with some highlighter or you can recover that lit from within glow with an illuminating moisturizer.
Dr. Andrew Weil, a specialist in holistic health, has teamed up with Origins to create a revolutionary approach to correcting visible discoloration and helping to prevent it from re-appearing.
Mega-Bright skin illuminating moisturizer contains a light-infusing complex called Rosa Roxburghii which can help bring back a clear, bright, and luminous complexion.
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.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you may be feeling stumped on how to make this year special.
Here’s how you can give your mom the traditional Mother’s Day favorites with a twist.
A bouquet of spring flowers is always a hit, but a bottle of Prada Candy Florale will make any mom smile from ear to ear. This light and airy fragrance contains an uplifting mix of floral notes (peonies are a key note), soft powdery notes, and the warmth of honey to reflect the scent’s sensual side.
Find out more about this latest addition to the Prada Candy family here.
Finnish site, Uniikii, specializes in designers and manufacturers who have a desire to change the world and give back. Handmade in Finland, this three‑tiered bracelet in dark blue caught my eye because it has a warm and natural look. For moms who are concerned about sustainability, the bracelet is made of wood, jewellery metal, and rubber string.
Check out more Finnish fashion from Uniikii here.
Here are few beauty goodies that I’m loving lately. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these favorites or plan on it in the future.
This highlight from Clinique’s new contouring line contains pearlized, light-reflecting pigments that I’ve been lusting after for a long time. Use this sculpting crayon to add a luminous sheen to the top of your cheekbones or your Cupid’s bow to make your lips look more shapely. Find out more about the Clinique Hello Cheekbones collection here.
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful ingredients for fighting aging. Why? Vitamin C helps to produce collagen which gives elasticity to your skin.
When it comes to Vitamin C, nobody does it better than Cellex C. A pioneer in Vitamin C skin care, the Cellex-C complex contains highly concentrated levels of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to enhance your skin. If you don’t believe me, check out photos of Mr. C. who tested the product on one side of his face.
Just in time for spring, Clinique has added to its high-performance Turnaround Revitalizing franchise.
I had a chance to take a look at one of the new products−Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil−designed to kick-start the skin’s natural renewal cycle.
If you’re wondering how Clinique’s facial oil differs from others, the Turnaround Revitalizing treatment Oil is extremely lightweight, yet hydrating (a little goes a long way). In addition to anti-oxidants, the formula contains salicylic acid which adds an exfoliating feature to this oil.
The bottle comes with an attached dropper on the lid, which is a great feature for applying oil which can be messy. You can also use the dropper to mix this oil with your favorite moisturizer for more hydration.
There are two other additions to this skin renewal line:
Let’s face it. Some of us are just not into loud, bright nail shades. And extreme nail art . . . Fuggetaboutit.
The Whisper collection from Deborah Lippmann for spring ’15 features classic, understated colors and that’s it.
Each sheer finish in this collection is chic and can be layered with other shades.
Here are the soft shades in the Whisper collection:
It seems like every day there’s a product launch and something new to try, but there are two go to products from MAC Cosmetics that I just can’t live without:
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Soft and Gentle)
- MAC Mineralize Blush (Dainty)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle can be used in many ways but I just may have a unique application for this MAC favorite. Using a blush contouring brush, I apply it under the hollow of my cheekbones. Even though, the powder is a swirl of peach and cream with a touch of shimmer, it adds just the right shadow of color to bring out your cheekbones.
If sparkle isn’t your thing, then you’ll love this all-matte palette from Too Faced.
The Too Faced Natural Matte palette includes shades from the best-selling Natural Eyes palette in a matte format. The creamy shadows feature a silky smooth formula with rich color payoff that creates an almost airbrushed effect.
Here are the shades in the Natural Matte Palette divided into three different looks (starting with the top row):
I’m a big fan of the pink pout. I also love Buxom lip polishes with their infamous tingle (especially White Russian) so I couldn’t resist six mini pink lip polishes in a luscious set.
The Pink With Envy Lip Polish Set has everything you need to get your pink on this spring.
The sheer shades range from soft to bold and can make all of your pink lip gloss dreams come true.
The lip polish collection features six full on lip polishes that you can use alone or layer together for a customized look:
Just in time for spring, My Burberry is a fragrance designed to capture the scent of a London garden after the rain.
For those who haven’t traveled to London, imagine a contemporary floral featuring a delicate heart of rose and a light touch of geranium.
Even more exciting is the posh bottle, which is inspired by the Burberry trench coat and its deep heritage of British design and craftsmanship. The bottle features a bow made of cotton gabardine used in classic Burberry trench coats and a tortoise shell-colored cap.
Here are the notes of this every day fragrance:
Have you always wanted to try highlighting and contouring, but worry that you’ll end up looking like a hot mess.
Clinique has come to the rescue (as usual) with their new Hello Cheekbones collection, which makes highlighting and contouring a breeze!
I had a chance to preview the new sculpting tools in this new line and am pleased to say that this is one mistake-proof collection.
The Hello Cheekbones collection includes these tools to help enhance the bone structure you’re born with:
- Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight and Contour Crayons
- Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes (love the name of this one!)