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London Drugs Annual Beauty Preview: #LDBeauty

16 Jun

LDBeauty_quad

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:).

Makeup

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.

NYX

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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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Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul

26 May

DrugstoreHaul

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.

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Scale Down Your Beauty Routine: The Everything Balm

19 May

Del_EBalm

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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Battle of the Blurs

5 May

BattleofBlurs

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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