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Lighten Up with Cheek Stain This Summer

30 May

Summer Cheek Stains

If you’re looking for melt-proof makeup that lasts, cheek stains provide just the right amount of color to add a lasting glow.

Just smile and pop cheek stain on the apples of your cheeks, and you’re good to go!

TIP: The easiest way to apply a cheek stain is by rubbing a little stain on your fingers, then applying it on your cheeks using feathery swipes.

Here are three cheek stains worth exploring ❤️.

Tarte Cheek Stain

After 15 years, this award-winning cheek stain had a packaging makeover to reduce your carbon footprint. The water based, push-up gel still has the same long-wearing formula enriched with t5 super fruit complex.

I have this cheek stain in iconic Flush and love the gorgeous berry shade ((it’s the shade that SJP used while filming SATC) . The stain feels a bit sticky when you apply it, but blends well into your skin.

The current shades are:
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Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul

26 May


Happy mid-week, beauties ✨.

Here are a few drugstore products I picked up recently when I was just browsing:). The good news is that I was pleasantly surprised with all of these choices.

Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette

NYC New York Color Lovatics By Demi Eyeshadow Palette features 12 nude shadows inspired by Demi Lovato’s natural look. Demi is a brand ambassador for NYC New York Color and worked with the brand to develop several products for her Lovatics collection.

The shades in this palette range from warm, neutral shades to cooler shades and have different finishes: from matte to shimmer. The shades are very wearable and have surprisingly good payoff (note that there is a bit of powder dust-up in the pan when you dip the brush into the shadow).

Some beauty bloggers are claiming that this palette is a perfect dupe for the bestselling Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. Since I don’t have this palette, I can’t confirm this. What I can vouch for is that this palette has a ton ‘o possibilities for under $10.

Rimmel London Supercurler 24HR Volume & Curl Mascara

As a drugstore brand, Rimmel does pretty well with mascara (like the Wonder’Lash mascara with argan oil), so I had to check out their latest curling mascara.

The Supercurler mascara features a formula with built-in lash curling power that lasts for up to 24 hours. It also provides volume and definition for your lashes via an eye-shaped curved fiber brush that lets you get close to the tip for full body volume.

After using it for a few weeks, I’m impressed with its curling ability. If you’re hooked on lash curlers, it won’t give you the same effect but it does come close. You can also build the mascara for a high volume look.

TIP: When using a curling mascara, don’t forget to push your lashes back gently with the mascara brush to create the curl.

COVERGIRL Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

I have to confess that I’m a mineral powder foundation fan, but I want to stay open for other options. Since there are so many great liquid foundations coming out lately, I thought I should jump back into the liquid foundation game:).

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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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Little Box of Happy: Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company

16 May

Little Box of Happy: Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company

Happy Monday, beauties!

Have you been thinking about trying out a beauty subscription box?

I was lucky enough to sample the Little Box of Happy created by Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company. This monthly subscription box contains 100% natural bath and skincare products inspired by the beautiful places and scents of the east coast.

If you become a subscriber, you’ll receive artisan products before they’re available to the rest of the world as well as the company’s most popular sellers.

Here’s what this month’s Little Box of Happy has to offer.

Bath Fizzer (in Lavendar)

Not only are the Pearl & Daisy bath bombs beautifully scented, they’re made with moisturizing coconut oil and sunflower seed oil. The bath bomb is a good size (about as large as a 2.5″ tennis ball) which means there’s a lot of fizzing and relaxing to enjoy!

Soothing Facial Mask

The best facial masks use natural ingredients and no fillers. This soothing mask blends hand-picked botanicals, with the benefits of traditional plants backed by science. Key ingredients include Canadian oats and marshmallow root which repair and protect skin.

If you have irritated or inflamed skin, use this soothing honey and lemon balm mask up to two times a week to calm your skin.

Lavendar Body Balm

This solid body balm melts on contact and provides the ultimate intensive moisture therapy. It’s especially good for dry skin on your heels and elbows.

My feet are adjusting to sandal season, so moisturizing them with this lavender body balm is the perfect way to get them ready for the summer.

Orange Beep Natural Lip Balm

Fellow Canadians, do you remember Beep? If you never tried Beep, it was a fruit juice-based drink that Canadian kids, like me, enjoyed for breakfast (even my budgie liked it 😄).

I don’t know how Pearl & Daisy has done it, but they’ve created one of their conditioning lip balms in a citrus punch flavor like Beep.

Veranda Handcrafted Soap

This 100% natural artisan soap blends the summer scent of lemon verbena with essential oil from the leaves and flowers of sweet white thyme.

Who were the Original Pearl and Daisy?

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Want to Prevent Aging Skin? Use Sunscreen Daily ☀️

12 May


If you want to prevent aging skin, it’s super easy. Wear sunscreen every day!

A Sunscreen and Prevention of Skin Aging study run by a group of physicians demonstrated what dermatologists have been telling us for years (but had yet to prove).

The study looked at 900 adults younger than 55 living in Australia over a period of four years. All participants wore sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15+.

Participants who applied sunscreen regularly had younger-looking hands, with 24 percent less skin aging than those who used sunscreen only some of the time.

Now that may not sound like a lot, but think of the “nasty” sun spots and wrinkled skin that can show up on your face and hands year after year. What if you could prevent some of that aging with sunscreen?

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Face Treatment Oil with Plant Extracts: Clarins Blue Orchid

29 Apr

Clarins Face Treatmetn Oil

If your skin is on the dry side, adding a high-performance face treatment oil to your beauty routine is a no-brainer.

Clarins Blue Orchid Oil is designed to nourish dehydrated skin and enhance your skin’s natural glow.

It’s all about the formula of this oil with 100% natural extracts like rosewood, patchouli, and blue orchid that tone and refine the skin.

Blue Orchid Oil also contains hazelnut oil which seals in moisture and protects against fine lines and wrinkles.

How to Apply

According to Clarins, here’s the best way to apply Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil:

  1. Release a few drops of oil into the palm of your hand and warm between both hands.
  2. Breathe in deeply to benefit from the aromatic properties of the essential oils.
  3. Apply to a cleansed face and neck.
  4. Gently press on the face with the flat of your hands to encourage fluid release.

One More Thing

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Superfood for Your Skin: Nip+Fab Kale Range

20 Apr


Kale is still one of the healthiest foods on the market, but now there’s a new way to get your greens.

Nip+Fab has recently introduced their Kale Fix range–a gentle and nourishing line packed with superfood ingredients like kale.

I had a chance to try three star products in this range, which will work well for anyone looking to soften and nourish dry skin with moisturizing (non-irritating) ingredients.

Kale Fix Moisturizer

Everyone needs to apply a daily moisturizer, so why not use one that packs a punch with a superfood powerhouse complex of kale, watercress, and almond oil. Aloe vera and shea butter also help to improve skin texture.

With the Kale Fix Moisturizer, I found that all you need is 1 to 2 pumps for long-lasting hydration.

Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads

It’s hard to find makeup remover pads that remove makeup effectively, but don’t make your skin feel super dry and tight.

Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads gently cleanse with kale and watercress extracts and soften skin without irritations. I was impressed how easily these makeup pads removed makeup from both my eyes and face.

Kale Fix Clay Mask

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, clay masks are definitely a must-have.

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Ultimate Makeup Finisher: MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

12 Apr


Happy Tuesday beauties!

MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ is the holy grail of face mists so it was only a matter of time till I picked this up.

Lately, my powder foundation has been looking flat and chalky. After looking at a couple of MAC liquid foundations, a MAC rep suggested I try their best-selling makeup mist.

What a genius recommendation! I’ve now added “misting” as the last step in my makeup routine. Instead of looking overly matte and powdery, my skin looks healthy and dewy (but with the full coverage I like).

What You Need to Know about this Mist

MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ is a lightweight water mist that refreshes skin and finishes makeup. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals as well as a blend of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber to gently soothe your skin.

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