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No Makeup Look: e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

17 Jan

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect coverage.

Since I’ve tried a few e.l.f. products and liked them, it wasn’t a stretch to pick up the Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum.

This liquid foundation has a lightweight formula that gives you a no-makeup finish, which is a popular trend for the new year. đŸ„‚

To help brighten, nourish and protect skin, the foundation is infused with Vitamin A, C, and E, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and Goji Berry. It also contains Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 25 protection.
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Pure Retinol: NeoStrata All‑in-One Night Serum

11 Jan

NeoStrata All-in-One Night Serum

According to many skincare studies, Retinol is one of the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients.

After reading up on Retinol a few years ago, I tried a prescription form which was a bit harsh on my sensitive skin. So, I gave up on it but kept on hearing how well it works.

NeoStrataÂź, an innovative cosmeceutical brand, has an anti-wrinkle serum called All-in-One Night Serum that I’ve just starting using. So far, what I like about this serum with Retinol is that the formula does all of its work while minimizing irritation.

Key Ingredients

The main ingredients in this nightly serum are:

  • .3% Pure Retinol–This form of vitamin A is encapsulated (releases slowly) to optimize its potency and deliver a high concentration to skin while minimizing irritation.
  • 5% new Matrixyl¼–This peptide helps to reverse the visible signs of aging.
  • 0.05% Hyaluronic Acid–This anti-aging ingredient provides moisturizing and plumping action.

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Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

5 Jan

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil

When it comes to anti-aging products, seaberry (or seabuckthorn) has been a popular ingredient for the last few years.

The reason why makes sense: it’s been used for centuries to treat skin ailments and moisturize dry and damaged skin due to its high level of omega fatty acids.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is a blend of oils, including seaberry oil, packed with nourishing omegas like 3, 6, 7, and 9 that protect the skin from free radicals. Other antioxidant-rich oils include cranberry seed oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil.

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Korean Skin Care: The Face Shop Sheet Masks

18 Dec

The Face Shop Face Masks

I’ve been meaning to check out The Face Shop since I had so much fun trying Asian skin care from Daiso last year.

The Face Shop, which launched in 2003 in Korea, has everything from masks to makeup to body care–all with a Korean beauty touch.

Since the store carries over 20 collections of cosmetic products, I was a bit overwhelmed so I decided a sheet mask (or two) was a good product to start with.

Sheet masks are a great way to experiment with different skin care ingredients, especially if you’re pressed for time. You can’t lose, either, when the price is under $5 for most masks.
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Winter Essential: Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream

11 Dec

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream

After a colder than usual couple of weeks in Vancouver, my hands and nails are starting to suffer.  So, I was really happy to be able to take a look at a cult favorite like Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream.

This hard-working cream from luxury beauty brand, Caudalie, does double duty for hands and nails. Not only does it feature botanicals to soothe hands, it also contains anti-aging grapevine polyphenols and organic fair trade shea butter to smoothe and repair. Shea butter is especially good at fighting environmental factors, while minimizing the signs of aging.

Like all Caudalie products, this cream is also free from parabens, paraffin, phthalates, mineral oils, and synthetic artificial colourings.

The texture of the cream is rich and moisturizing, which means a little goes a long way. If you don’t like greasy hands, no worries! The cream dries incredibly fast, leaving just softness behind.

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NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick Collection

3 Dec


Matte lips have been really popular this year with a lot of brands getting in on the trend.

If you want to toss your gloss and give matte lips a try, NYX has an update to their matte lipsticks with the Velvet Matte Lipstick line.

The texture of the NYX Matte Velvet Lipstick is a creamy formula that easily glides on a thin coat of color. The velvety finish makes this matte lipstick a comfortable wear.

The color is richly pigmented and has long-lasting capability. After a cup of coffee (or two), the color faded only slightly. I did notice that when I applied my favorite lip primer before the lipstick, it lasted longer.

Now, let’s talk about the shades in the collection. There are 12 of them, and they’re exactly what you’d expect for fall 2016: pinks, nudes, reds, and a few “out there” shades like blue and purple 💜.

If you’re looking for an affordable matte look, check out these stunning shades in the collection (starting with the four bold shades in the photo):

  • Volcano–Deep Red
  • Effervescent–Coral Pink
  • Beach Casual–Sandy Nude
  • Unicorn Fur–Purply Pink
  • Blood Love–Traditional Red
  • Charmed–Brick Red
  • Disorderly–Bright Blue
  • Duchess–Deep Purple
  • Miami Nights–Hot Pink
  • Midnight Muse–Navy Blue
  • Soft Femme–Mauvy Red
  • Violet Voltage–Purple with blue undertones
Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.


Holiday Gifts for Skincare Lovers: Fresh Beauty and Burt’s Bees

24 Nov

Skincare Gifts

Hi beauties!

If you have a skincare lover on your holiday gift list this year, your hunt for the perfect gift is going to be pretty easy.

Look no further than two beauty brands who regularly come up with innovative skincare creations using natural ingredients:

  • Fresh Beauty
  • Burt’s Bees

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Traditions

Black Tea Age-Delay is my favorite Fresh Beauty collection. It features anti-aging black tea extract, which inhibits damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin elasticity.

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Multitasking Must-Have: Egyptian Magic Skin Cream

20 Nov

Egyptian Magic

Hi beauties!

If you live in the U.S., you may have already tried Egyptian Magic. For those of us living in Canada 🍁, it’s only recently that this all purpose skin cream has become available north of the border.

I received a sample of Egyptian Magic to review, and was excited to learn what all the buzz was about.

Egyptian Magic Formula

Egyptian Magic is based on an ancient Egyptian formula that Cleopatra used to keep her skin radiant and glowing. The proprietary process blends six of nature’s most powerful moisturizing ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Royal Jelly
  • Bee Pollen
  • Bee Propolis
  • Beeswax

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