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Red Lips to Celebrate Canada Day

29 Jun

Hi beauties!

In Canada, we’re celebrating a big birthday this weekend in recognition of Canada’s confederation 150 years ago.

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadian bloggers (and Happy Fourth of July to fellow US bloggers).

What’s cool this year is that several beauty brands have introduced special shades to mark the occasion. You’ve got to move fast on these colors, though, as some of them are limited edition.

MAC Proud to be Canadian

Created for matte lipstick lovers, the Proud to be Canadian shade is a true red.

To get you into a True Patriot spirit, it comes with a special-edition red package inspired by the Canadian flag.

Urban Decay Canada Day Vice Lipstick

The No Tell Motel shade in the Vice Lipstick collection is a cherry red shade.

I have a couple of Vice Lipstick shades, and love how smooth and comfortable they are!

Bite Beauty Canada Day Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty, which is a Canadian brand, has created the Flag Red shade (orangey-red) to celebrate Canada Day.

If you haven’t tried Bite Beauty lipsticks, they feature lip quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils for healthy lips.

Arbonne Glossed Over Lip Gloss

Arbonne Glossed Over Lip Gloss in Cardinal is a deep red shade that you can wear alone for sheer to medium coverage or as a topcoat to add more volume.

This lip gloss is certified vegan and contains plant extracts and peptides for moisturization.

I hope everybody has a great Canada 150! I’ll be busy trying out all the cookies and cupcakes with true north strong and free 🇨🇦 decorations.

[Images via Sephora, MAC Cosmetics, and Arbonne Cosmetics]

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 won’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. 💕

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. 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.