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Makeup with Benefits: Almay Age Essentials Collection

4 Aug

Almary Age Essentials

When it comes to makeup with benefits like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and peptides, count me in.

Almay has recently launched their Age Essentials collection with these skin-loving ingredients and SPF, including:

  • Almay Age Essentials Makeup
  • Almay Age Essentials Concealer
  • Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment

Almay Age Essentials Makeup

I’m a hard-core powder foundation fan, but I try to be open to alternatives🙂. Almay’s foundation with built-in moisturizer is lightweight and blends well (the Light Neutral shade was a good match for my pale skin tone).

Even though the SPF 15 foundation has a matte finish, it still made my skin look moisturized all day. In fact, the foundation is designed to boost hydration immediately and over time.

Almay Age Essentials Concealer

Some multi-purpose concealers work well for one issue but are a total fail for another. For example, you may find that a concealer does a good job hiding dark circles, but it leaves buildup over the day in your lines and creases.

With its creamy texture, Almay Age Essentials Concealer with SPF 20 camouflages darkness and subtly brightens under the eyes (without creasing). The easy-to-use stick format with a slanted tip provides good coverage and comes in shades from light to medium deep.

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What’s in My Bag: Favorite Makeup Minis

1 Aug

Favorite Makeup Minis

Like many beauty bloggers, I’ve accumulated a lot of makeup🙂.

When containers start to overflow, it’s time for a “reorg” to refresh my memory as to what I have and decide what needs to go.

During a recent organizing session, I came across a stash of makeup minis.

Instead of storing them separately (in my usual haphazard fashion), I’ve decided to pack these favorite minis in a cosmetic bag so they’re travel or work-ready.

Benefit “That Gal Brightening Face Primer”

If you want to brighten up your skin before applying foundation, Benefit’s lightweight pink primer makes skin look more awake.

Diorshow Mascara

This Dior mascara with its microfiber formula is legendary for its lash-lengthening effect. I like the thick wand for building lashes with a lot of volume.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

This unique serum defends skin against the environment and daily damage. Shiseido spent 20 years studying skin immunity before it developed a blend of ingredients that boosts the defensive functions of skin cells.

Buxom Full-on Lip Stick

I’m a big fan of all Buxom lip products. Although you can apply this lip-pumping lipstick in Brooklyn all over the lip area, I use it as a lip liner because of its creamy texture.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss

This lip gloss comes in the Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette. This shade called Bellini is a nude pink with a pearlescent finish. What can I say: it’s Bobbi Brown ❤️.
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High-Impact Color and Shine: New Maybelline Lip Launches

18 Jul

MaybellineNYLips

Good morning, beauties. How is your summer going so far?

This is a great time of year for new makeup releases. If you want to step up your lip game, Maybelline has introduced some new lip lines:

  • Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Jolt
  • Maybelline Lip Studio Shine Shot
  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds

I was lucky enough to have a sneak peek at these new lip launches. Overall, it looks like deep, bold colors are in so you may have to do some soul-searching to find your inner goth🙂.

No worries, though, if you’re a fan of nude shades. The latest twist on nude is a modern brown shade (à la K. Jenner).

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Jolt

The Lip Studio Color Jolt is a shiny lip paint that packs a powerful pop of color with eight times more pigment than a traditional gloss in every drop. The applicator is a flocked tip which helps for precise application.

You can build the creamy, long-lasting color for more vibrancy or customize your own look by layering a couple of shades.

Lip Color Jolt is available in eight shades:

  • Stripped Down (my fave)
  • Never Bare
  • Fight Me Fuschia
  • Orange Outburst
  • Talk Back Red
  • Red-dy Or Not
  • Berry Naughty
  • Violet Rebel

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Shine Shot

If glossy lips are your thing, Lip Studio Shine Shots create a mirror-like effect in a wax-free formula. Think of this gloss like a top coat for your nails: it adds a bit of shine to a matte finish and helps the color last.

The Lip Studio Shine Shots come in two shades: Glassy Shine Lip Topcoat (clear) and Prismatic Lip Topcoat (rose gold with a metallic sheen) which shines like a diamond 💎.

TIP: For a plumping effect, dot the Lip Topcoat in the middle of your lips as a 3D highlight.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds

The Loaded Bolds is Maybelline’s boldest lipstick collection yet. The lipstick features a hyper-pigmented, runway-inspired formula that provides depth with a single stroke courtesy of non-drying Kaolin clay base.

The 12 shades in this line cover the entire color spectrum from vibrant pinks to bright berries to modern nudes (there’s even a color-popping blue):

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Beauty Classics That Never Go Out of Style

11 Jul

Beauty Classics

Do you ever wonder why some beauty products stick around forever, while others just fade away?

Beauty products become best sellers when they work well whether you’re a celebrity, a hair or makeup professional, or a regular beauty junkie. Beauty products also create a loyal customer base when stocking up on them won’t break the bank.

Here are a few cult favorites I’ve come across.

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hair Spray

This beauty classic is the hairspray of choice for professional stylists for runways and red carpets. It comes in many variations now from Extra Strong to Colour Treated.

When I want to lock in a hairstyle and make it last as I traverse the rainforest of Vancouver🙂, I always turn to Elnett (especially the travel size).

Nivea Creme

One of my sweetest childhood memories of my late mother was watching her carefully remove her makeup with Nivea Creme. This timeless beauty classic goes back even further with fans like Marilyn Monroe, who loved it because of its rich and creamy texture.

What’s interesting now is that Nivea is tapped as a dupe for one of the most expensive luxury creams in the world: Crème de la Mer.

Benefit High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter

Benefit’s High Beam Face Highlighter is the first highlighter I ever encountered. Until then, I was familiar with contouring but not using light to accent parts of the face.

IMHO, Benefit’s High Beam highlighter started the whole highlighting craze. Even with all the competition in the HAC market, this satiny pink liquid is still one of my favorites because a little goes a long way.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Is it just me or is using Maybelline Great Lash Mascara a rite of beauty passage? I remember using this mascara (in blue) as a tween and sneaking out of the house so no one would notice🙂.

Now, I use the colorless version to seal my mascara and prevent flakes. For me, it comes in handy when I work on site (I’m a contract technical writer), and I’m unable to check my makeup all day.
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Pretty Palettes from Revlon

4 Jul

New Revlon Palettes

Happy July, beauties ❤️.

When it comes to drugstore brands, Revlon is stepping up their game with recent launches like the moisturizing Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor.

This month, Revlon is introducing a neutral eye makeup palette and all-in one palette:

  • Not Just Nudes
  • Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette

I was lucky enough to take a look at these palettes before they hit the shelves. (If you live in the U.S., you may have already seen these palettes at your favorite drugstore.)

Not Just Nudes

You can never have too many nude eye shadow palettes, and Revlon’s ColorStay Not Just Nudes Palette is another palette to add to your neutrals collection.

The Passionate Nudes version contains ten warm neutrals in matte and shimmering finishes, ranging from beige to mocha. Even though the palette is on the slim side, I love that the pans of shadow are still large.

The ColorStay formula is long-lasting and lets you blend the wearable shadows without creasing, fading, or smudging. Tip: If you apply an eye primer, you can make the shadow last even longer.

Kudos to Revlon for including a professional style dual-ended brush with this palette. You can use this brush to apply eye shadow in two ways:

  • Use the flat side to apply eye shadow exactly where you want it.
  • Use the round side of the brush for contouring and blending.

Eyes, Cheeks + Lips Palette

Whether you’re running late for work or heading out for vacation, Revlon has managed to include everything you need for a finished makeup look in one convenient palette:

  • 6 eye shadows
  • 1 blush
  • 2 lipsticks
  • 2 lip glosses
  • Mini applicators and a mirror

The six ColorStay eye shadows in the palette include matte and shimmery shades in bronze, taupe, purple, and chestnut colors. The shadows are on the sheer side but still blendable whether you want to create a natural or more dramatic look.

The peachy blush matches well with the neutral lipsticks and lip glosses.

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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.

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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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Save Your Lips: tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue

4 Apr

tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue

Happy Monday beauties!

One of the biggest makeup launches to make a “splash” this spring is the tarte Rainforest of the Sea collection.

It definitely caught my eye not just because the packaging is so darn cute! It also hits the jackpot because it features skin-friendly products with healthy ingredients like algae and marine flowers.

Even though the weather is warming up, I’m not ready to give up using a moisturizing lip balm so I picked up the tarte Quench Lip Rescue in Opal.

This sheer balm hydrates and protects lips with a soft, subtle color in four shades:

  • Rose (coral pink)
  • Berry (deep red)
  • Nude (peachy pink)
  • Opal (pearly pink; shown in photo)

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