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Vita Liberata Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals

19 Jun

Hi beauties!

Has the weather warmed up where you live? In Vancouver, we’ve had plenty of clouds and sprinkles, but temps warmed up this past weekend. ☀

In the spring/summer, I like to wear less makeup. Even though I don’t spend too much time in the sun, I still like a healthy glow.

One of the latest bronzing options that I’ve tried is a self tanning product from Vita Liberata.

The Trystal Pressed Self Tanning Bronzer is the first self-tanning bronzer that features bronzing mineral coverage and a subtle tan that lasts 3-7 days.

The organic formula, which is oil-free, interacts with your moisturizer or liquid foundation to subtly tan your skin.

How to Apply

To apply this mineral bronzer, use a Kabuki brush or bronzing brush (I also apply it with a fan brush for more subtle results). Then, blend the powder onto your face, neck, and décolleté in sweeping movements.

Tip: Apply the bronzer around the cheekbones to achieve a contouring effect or, more product to your face for a deeper tan.

The bronzer comes in two shades: Sunkissed (a honey glow) and Bronze (a deep shade). I tried Sunkissed, which created a natural looking tan even on my fair skin.

You can pick up the bronzer in either a pressed powder or loose powder format. Generally, I prefer pressed powder as I find loose powder a bit messy.

Overall, I was impressed with this bronzer since it created instant results, plus a healthy glow that lasted for a few days.

I’m looking forward to checking out more bronzing products from Vita Liberata this summer, like their blur products which are highly rated.


Sampling Skincare for the Summer

4 Jun

Hi beauties!

Have you changed your skincare routine for the hot weather?

After picking up a few items at a Beauty Boutique, I received some samples that I may add to my summer skincare stash. If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know.


This brand was founded by a London beauty editor, and has a major celebrity following. Some of the products have unique ingredients like bee venom.

Stem Cell Magic Cell

This multi-purpose gel can be used in several ways, from an intense moisturizer to a night mask to a makeup primer. The lightweight cream-gel with a subtle rose scent contains stem cell technology that helps fight against environmental stressors by retaining skin’s hydration balance. I like how it absorbs quickly into the skin, yet leaves a slight glow.

Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

The key differences with this toner is its spray format and key ingredient: hyaluronic acid. It’s designed to refine the appearance of pores and protect the skin.

Snake Booster Oil

This facial oil contains a peptide, which mimics the effects of venom (eww!). Over time, this oil is designed to give a mild freeze like effect to the skin to reduce expression line contractions. I like the light texture of this oil compared to other facial oils that I’ve used.


This luxury skincare brand was created in 1958 by Pierre Darphin, a Parisian kinesiotherapist who was famous for his skin-sculpting techniques, sensory experiences, and customized skin analysis.

Stimulskin Plus Serumask

This product combines a serum and a mask. It contains Sea Emerald and other anti-aging ingredients that provide “push up” benefits. To apply the serumask, you use skin-sculpting massage techniques to enhance the delivery of the ingredients.

Stimulskin Plus

This corrective cream is designed to do it all: visibly reduce lines and wrinkles, lift and firm, and brighten and illuminate your complexion. Although this cream has a nice texture, it’s super expensive at over $200 a jar.

Vetiver Aromatic Care

This essential oil elixir for stress relief blends Vetiver (obtained from the root of an Indian grass), Geranium, French Lavender, and Marjoram Essential Oils. It helps to enhance the skin’s resistance to the impact of the environment, daily pressures, and lack of sleep. I love that the calming aroma helps detox from feelings of stress.

Jasmine Aromatic Care

This essential oil elixir for mature skin revitalizes, tones, and restores natural radiance to the skin. The wrinkle smoothing formula contains Apple and Date extracts, Ylang-Ylang, Rosewood Essential Oils, and Raspberry Oils.


The Rénergie collection is an anti-aging line with firming and face lifting products.

Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream

This firming and lifting cream contains Multi-Tension Technology, which acts at night when the skin’s ability to protect itself peaks.

Énergie de Vie Water-Infused Cream

This is a smoothing and plumping water-infused moisturizer for dry skin. Two plant extracts, Goji Berry and Lemon Balm, leave skin feeling energized and smoother looking. I’m looking forward to seeing the results from this cream.


Uriage is a sensitive skincare brand, which features the benefits of Uriage Thermal Water.

Eau Thermale

This light water cream melts into the skin with a non-greasy, instantly absorbed texture. It recreates a film on the surface and gradually releases the moisturizing agents that it contains.

So far, I like the Rodial Snake Booster Oil for its moisturizing quality and Darphin essential oil elixirs for their healing benefits!

Thanks to Sarah from the Shoppers Drug Mart at Granville and 13th in Vancouver for these samples. BTW, if you regularly shop at the SDM Beauty Boutique, I have a free coupon for 25,000 PC Optimum points with a $125 or more purchase to be used at the SDM at the Granville and 13th location. Send me an e-mail, if you’d like to use this coupon.

Bright Eyes: Origins GinZing Eye Cream

23 May

Hi beauties!

Lately, I’ve been waking up with puffy eyes and dark circles.

I’m not sure whether it’s due to allergies or lack of sleep, but makeup isn’t doing the trick.

Origins Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff is one of the solutions that was recommended to me for puffiness, dark circles, and dullness.

With a formula of Panax ginseng to combat signs of fatigue and caffeine from coffee beans to soothe skin around the eyes, GinZing eye cream brightens the eye area and helps to reduce bags and puffiness.

First Impressions

I applied the eye cream in the AM with my ring finger (per the directions), and I’ve seen just a slight improvement in eye puffiness. Of course, I’m hoping for more results over time.

What I like best about the GinZing cream is the light-reflecting and brightening properties.

Used alone or with concealer, a dab of the cream leaves behind a subtle light-reflecting shimmer that helps brighten the eye area and makes you look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep 😴 . . . even if you’ve been up all night.