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London Drugs Annual Beauty Preview: #LDBeauty

16 Jun


Happy Thursday, beauties đź’•.

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:).


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 OmbrĂ© Blush, inspired by the ombrĂ© 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


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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Bold Lips for Spring with Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick

21 Mar

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick

Happy Monday beauties!

I was lucky enough to win an invitation to a Clarins beauty event in Vancouver last month, hosted by the amazing Dave Lackie.

One of the goodies we all left with was Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick.

That made me very happy because this collection of lipsticks is one of the most moisturizing I’ve come across lately. Joli Rouge lipstick has a creamy, moisture-rich formula with plant extracts that treat your lips and  mango oil that adds long-lasting hydration.

The shade that Clarins was kind enough to give us is a berry shade called Soft Plum. This rich burgundy color is right on trend this spring.

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Nude Lip Duo: Buxom Fearlessly Nude

7 Mar

Buxom Fearlessly Nude

I’m a big fan of the nude lip look.

When I saw this Buxom nude lip duo at Sephora, I couldn’t resist.

The Fearless Nude set contains two Buxom lip products that make it easy to create a nude lip look:

  • True Nude Lip Foundation in Nude (beige pink)
  • Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian (nude pink)

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Take it All Off: Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

29 Feb

Shiseido Instant Eye And Lip Makeup Remover

Good morning, beauties! I hope you had a great weekend.

I thought I’d share my favorite makeup remover with you because it’s a real lifesaver for my lashes and lips.

Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover not only removes eye and lip makeup in a breeze (even waterproof makeup), it does it gently. This is a big deal, especially if you love your lashes (like I do).

This dermatologist and opthalmologist-tested makeup remover has skin-caring properties that protect against dehydration while removing all of your makeup. Shiseido is always coming up with innovative formulas, and this one dissolves makeup while leaving your skin clean and hydrated.

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What I’m Loving Lately

18 Feb

Here are few beauty goodies that I’m loving lately. Have you tried any of these products or would like to try them? Let me know.

1. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

This highlight crayon from Clinique’s contouring line contains pearlized, light-reflecting pigments that I’ve always lusted after.

I use this sculpting crayon to add a luminous sheen to the top of my cheekbones or above my lips to make them look more shapely.

2. Cellex C High-Potency Serum

Vitamin C is one of the most powerful ingredients for fighting aging. Why? Vitamin C helps to produce collagen which gives elasticity to your skin.

When it comes to Vitamin C, nobody does it better than Cellex C with its concentrated levels of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

3. Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Foundation

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Why You Need to Invest in Makeup Brushes

8 Feb

It Cosmetics Brush Kit

Budget beauty works well for most items like lip balms and makeup wipes.

When it comes to makeup brushes, you just may want to pull out more bills.

Why? High-quality makeup brushes make application easier and they’re designed to last longer. Most importantly, they don’t damage your skin.

Two high-end makeup brush sets to get started with are the Dior Backstage Brushes Collection and the Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set.

Another cult favorite for makeup brushes is IT Cosmetics, a brand that designs luxurious brushes that give new meaning to air brushing. The brushes are 100%, cruelty-free, and anti-microbial.

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