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Make Your Summer Makeup Last with Setting Spray

14 Jun

MACP&PMist

Hi beauties.

I’m not a fan of super hot weather, and neither is any makeup I wear when the temperature is rising.

The best way I’ve found to preserve makeup is with a setting spray or mist that locks it in and extends its wear.

Here are a couple of makeup setting sprays that I’ll be checking out this summer to avoid “midsummer makeup meltdown.”

MAC Prep+Prime Fix+

MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ is a mineral-rich mist that can be applied to finish makeup (or refresh skin). It’s packed with vitamins and minerals as well as a soothing blend of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber.

With its lightweight texture, it absorbs quickly and doesn’t clog pores.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This weightless spray suits all skin types and features a patented Temperature Control Technology.

The sprayer on this setting spray is key. It delivers a mist that goes on so light, you wonโ€™t even know it’s there.

Makeup Forever Mist and Fix

This best-selling makeup setting spray creates a sweat-proof barrier and helps makeup last up to 12 hours!

The alcohol-free formula contains a complex to boost oxygenation and deliver a healthy-looking glow.

Imbue Skin Recovery Mists Imbue Goods Skin Recovery Mists

I had a chance last year to review a line of aromatherapy rose water sprays from a Vancouver company called Imbue Goods.

Their hydrating mists contain Rose Water, Vitamin E, and 100% natural, plant-derived essential oils. Besides being hydrating and calming, these multi-purpose mists can be used to set and freshen makeup. ๐Ÿ’•

Sun Care Essentials from Sun Bum

31 May

Hi beauties!

Every spring, I make a point of checking out the latest sunscreens. Not only are the risks of skin cancer increasing, but exposing bare skin to the sun is the quickest gateway to premature skin aging.

I was really excited this week to take a look at sun care products from Sun Bum, a beach lifestyle company from Florida that got its start by making products for family and friends.

Based on the brand name, logo, and packaging, Sun Bum is definitely bringing a “fun” element to sun care. On top of that, their products are free of all the bad stuff (like gluten, parabens, oil, PABAs, and cruelty practices)!

Here are the Sun Bum must-haves for Summer 2017.

SPF 50 Face Cream

This SPF 50 face cream has a clear, Zinc Oxide formula with Aloe and Vitamin E to create a protective barrier between your face (or other sensitive areas) and the sun. The texture is rich, but not greasy. Applying this face cream as a summer moisturizer and primer under makeup is a no-brainer!

SPF 30 Original Sunscreen Lotion

This rich, moisturizing sunscreen protects the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, while enriching it with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals. I love the light coconut scent of this sunscreen lotion!

Beach Formula / 3 In 1 Leave In

Since UV exposure can beak down hair cuticles, I’m all in when it comes to a leave in conditioner that protects, detangles, and conditions hair.ย It also controls frizz, prevents split ends, and slows color fading.

The ingredients in the leave in formula include:

  • Coconut Oil / Banana Pulp and Peel
  • Banana Leaf / Quinoa Protean
  • Sea Salt / Sea Kelp / Seaweed
  • Argan Oil / Sweet Almond Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Black Lava Sea Salt

SPF 30 Baby Bum Premium Natural Stick and Lotion

Since babies have thinner skin and their body’s natural protection system is still developing, they need extra special care. Sun Bum has a premium naturally sourced sunscreen for kids (you can also use it if you have super sensitive skin!). This is the cleanest, most natural protection that Sun Bum makes.

SPF 30 Coconut Lip Balm

Lip balm isn’t just for the winter. The SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm with Aloe and Vitamin E from Sun Bum comes in five yummy flavors:

  • Banana
  • Coconut (so good!)
  • Mango
  • Pomegranate
  • Watermelon

Overall, Sun Bum products are easy to add to any skincare routine any time of year (for you or your little ones).

In Canada, you can find Sun Bum at Shopper’s Drug Mart and independent retailers.

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

 

Favorite Lip Plumping Gloss

26 Apr

Favorite Lip Plumping Glosses

I like the idea of aging gracefully, but a little boost from lip plumping gloss doesn’t hurt.

Lip plumpers won’t augment your lips like injections, but they do add subtle volume without making your lips look like you just filmed a Real Housewives episode.

NYX Pump It Up Lip Plumper

This lip plumping gloss has the typical tingly sensation, but a little milder than most lip plumpers. The shimmery formula, which contains a special peptide called Maxi-Lip, is on the sticky side which may be a turn off for some people.

Each of the shades of lip plumper is named after a celebrity with fuller lips (the shade I picked up is called Pamela).

I found a slight plumping action with this lip plumping gloss. It also makes my lips look smoother when I wear this gloss over lipstick.

Too Faced Lip Injection

This lip plumper, which is one of the first plumpers on the lip plumping gloss scene, is the mother of all lip plumpers.

The subtle pink gloss with a fruity scent creates volume that lasts up to four hours.

The ingredients in this plumper, like Avocado oil, treat your lips and make them appear 20% plumper (I’ll take it). The tingling sensation only lasts for around 10 minutes and then you get decent plumping action (with more color to your lips).

Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

With its hydrating formula, this Dior lip plumper lets you gloss, moisturize, and plump your lips. The formula contains hyaluronic acid spheres that help retain moisture so lips have a slightly more plump look. If you don’t like tingling lips, this gloss may work for you.

The wand features a brush applicator, which helps to deposit just the right dose for an even and smooth application. The formula isnโ€™t overly thick or sticky. Itโ€™s on the fine side and is quite comfortable to wear.

I picked up the gloss in Fantasie (257), a neutral iridescent shade that I can wear alone or over just about any lip color.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

I’ve been using this lip plumping gloss for years, especially the nude White Russian shade which is one of my favorites.

This creamy gloss creates a tingling, plumping effect that doesn’t burn. It also contains encapsulated hyaluronic spheres that infuse lips with moisture and vitamins A and E to help keep them supple.

If you don’t mind scented lip gloss, this Buxom lip cream also has a subtle vanilla scent.

Do you have a favorite lip plumping gloss? I’d love to know. ๐Ÿ’•