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Still on Trend: Ombré Blush

15 Mar

NYX Ombre Blush

Hi beauties!

Have you noticed that ombré makeup is still trending with recent launches like Dior’s Colour Gradation and Givenchy’s Ombre Courture Cream Eyeshadows?

Ombré makeup is popular because it lets you add depth and dimension with a single product . . . and it’s not overly complicated.

If you’re not quite ready for ombré lips or eyes, blush is a good way to dip into ombré makeup.

Ombré blushes, like NYX Ombré Blush, feature two colors blended into a shade combination that can be used as a blush and highlighter. So, the results are a flush of color plus soft luminosity.

TIP: Generally, ombré blushes are bold, pigmented blushes (some with shimmer) so they require a lighter touch.

The shade that I’ve been using from the NYX Ombre Blush collection is called Sweet Spring. It’s a blue toned pink on the top that blends into a peachy pink.

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SkinCeuticals Hydrating Masks and Gel

22 Feb

SkinCeuticals Hydrating Masks and Gel

Last week, I was fortunate to attend a Gala Opening of the SkinCeuticals by Project MD boutique in Richmond, BC (a suburb of Vancouver).

At this new concept boutique, you can pop in for an express facial or LED light therapy, or pick up your favorite SkinCeuticals products.

As part of the experience, bloggers and media received a goodie bag with SkinCeuticals hydrating masks and gel.

Since the past few weeks have been on the stressful side (family and work obligations overload), I’ve been taking a break by sampling the masks and gel.

Phyto Corrective Masque

This cooling gel mask is designed to reduce redness and discomfort. With its botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid, it acts as a calming mask to restore smoothness.

Even if you don’t suffer from redness, this green mask is refreshing and light. I know I’ll be using this mask regularly in warmer weather or when my skin is showing signs of sensitivity.

What’s also unique about the Phyto Corrective Masque is that it can be used in multiple ways either as a leave-on, rinse-off, or overnight treatment for the face, chest, or neck. You can use it 2-3 times a week or as needed.

Clarifying Clay Masque

Remember the old-fashioned clay masks that were so drying, they cracked on your face.

The Clarifying Clay Masque, which combines kaolin and bentonite, is a non-drying mask (phew!). The clay in the mask decongests the skin and lifts impurities, while a hydroxy acid blend gently exfoliates.

Unlike other clay masks I’ve used, I found the Clarifying Clay Masque easy to remove. It also left my skin softer and smoother.

If you suffer from any type of breakouts, using this mask once a week purifies the skin of excess oils leading to more refined pores.

Hydrating B5 Gel

After removing the masks, SkinCeuticals recommends following up with a moisture-enhancing serum, like the Hydrating B5 Gel.

This serum, which is enriched with vitamin B5, also contains hyaluronic acid to help bind moisture to the skin. What I like about the serum is that it provides hydration without clogging pores. It also enhances the benefits of your daily moisturizer!

If you live in the area, drop by the Professional Glow Room in the CF Richmond Centre for advanced professional skincare followed by some therapeutic shopping! 🛍️

Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.




Benefit They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit

15 Feb

Benefit They're Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit

Hi beauties! I started the year determined to control my makeup shopping, but I’ve already been giving in to temptation.

One of my latest purchases is the Benefit They’re Real! BIG Sexy Eye Kit. I picked up this kit because I was looking for every day neutrals and I wanted to check out the ShadowBlender tool.

What’s in the Kit

The eye kit contains three paired eyeshadow duos in matching light/dark shades with a formula designed to last 12 “budge-proof” hours. The shadows, which are softly pigmented, come in satin and matte finishes:

  • Beyond Nude: champagne (satin) and cappuccino (soft matte)
  • Naughty Neutral: soft pink (satin) and rosy brown (satin)
  • Bombshell Brown: taupe (soft matte) and sable brown (soft matte)

To apply the shadows, the kit also contains the ShadowBlender eyeshadow applicator. This blender, with a rounded sponge and a small handle, is unlike anything I’ve ever used before. Although it’s a little tricky at first, it works really quickly for a contoured look once you get the hang of it.

Using the ShadowBlender

To use the blender, you slide it across the eyeshadow pan then sweep it across the lid, starting in the inner corner. For an every day look, I positioned the applicator so that the lighter color went on the lid and the darker shade fit into the crease in one sweep!

You can also swipe the blender in different ways to get other looks. For example, for a more smoky look, apply the darker shade on the lid then blend in the lighter color into the center of the lid.

At $48 (CDN), this kit isn’t cheap. However, you do get six shadows and an on-the-go tool to apply them, so this Benefit eye kit is a keeper. 💕

If you want to try just one of the duos, you can get them separately now; you can also get a pack of the ShadowBlender applicators.