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Sun Protection on the Go: Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush

24 Aug

Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50

Even though applying sunscreen is a no brainer, many women still make excuses for skipping sun protection.

The most common reasons for unprotected sun exposure I’ve come across are that “it doesn’t fit in my bag” or it’s too messy”.

Sunforgettable® Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 by Colorescience is a safe water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection that makes protecting your skin easy.

The sunscreen comes in the form of tinted mineral powder in a self-dispensing brush that makes re-application or touch-ups a snap. Use the portable mineral sunscreen as foundation coverage alone or over moisturizer on your face, hands, and décolleté.

I had a chance to try out the Fair shade which blended perfectly with my complexion (additional shades are available for medium and deeper skin tones). The lightweight coverage smoothed out imperfections and left a matte finish, which is perfect if you suffer from “shiny face” syndrome when outdoors.

To bust your excuses even more, the sunscreen also features a skincare component with Red Seaweed Extract that helps firm and balance the skin.

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Sheet Masks: A Quick Way to Test Drive Skin Care

17 Aug

Sheet Masks

Face masks can treat all types of skin tissues, but the cost of some them is through the roof. For example, the Instant Plumping Cream Overnight Mask from Hungarian beauty brand, Omorovicza runs at $260 a jar.

Here are a few popular sheet masks that you can test drive without breaking the bank.

Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask

This pore minimizing masks features a high concentration of Vitamin C, peptides, and plant extract to help brighten and tone your skin.

Leave this mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and rub any excess mask into your skin for added benefits.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

This set of concentrated eye treatment sheets instantly restore vibrancy to the eye area using pure retinol micro-infusion technology to smooth away the look of wrinkles. These sheet masks seal in essence and provide up to 24-hour hydration.

Leave these eye masks on for 15 minutes then peel off. Gently pat the remaining liquid into the skin around the eye area.

Sephora Collection Face Mask

This collection features six different fiber sheet masks in sets of two, each with a different benefit for the skin. Leave these masks on for 15 minutes and gently massage your skin so that the excess liquid can penetrate.

Here are the different types of masks available in this collection:

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How Sweet It Is: Tarte Lip and Cheek Duo

12 Aug

Tarte How Sweet It Is

If you’ve always wanted to try the Tarte line, here’s an easy way to do it.

Get into the checkout line at Sephora and pick up the Tarte How Sweet It Is deluxe lip and cheek duo on the way out (sometimes it’s OK to succumb to impulse shopping).

This best-selling duo includes two mini products in Tarte’s latest shade of golden peach pink, Sweet, which flatters just about everyone:

  • LipSurgence Lip Tint is a lipstick, lip gloss, and a creamy balm in one. The nourishing formula contains vitamins C and E, jojoba seed oil, and peppermint.
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is a long-wearing powder blush that minimizes oil while hydrating the skin naturally (the blush does last a long time!).

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High Performance Hydration: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

10 Aug

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion was one of the first moisturizers I ever tried. Back then, I loved it because it hydrated my skin without causing any irritation.

A few years ago, Clinique introduced Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with double the hydration and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel designed for oily skin.

Now, there’s another addition to the Clinique 3-Step System: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream.

This moisture-rich cream combines all-day protection with skin-strengthening ingredients to soothe and hydrate skin, even if it’s on the dry side.

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Would You Sign Up for a Beauty Subscription Box from Sephora?

9 Aug

Sephora Beauty Subscription Service

With millions of people already subscribing to beauty boxes like Birchbox, Sephora has decided to jump into the beauty subscription market.

Launching next month in the U.S. (Boston, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio markets), Sephora is offering customers five deluxe-size samples (skincare and hair products) for $10 per month.

According to Peoplestylewatch, the premier box will be called “Uncover the Essentials” and will feature products from GLAMGLOW, Bumble, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and more.

What do you think Canadian beauties? Would you sign up for a beauty subscription service if it were available in Canada? I know I would.

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Handy Tips for Summer Nails

3 Aug

If you want your nails to look amazing for the rest of the summer, bring them back to life without giving up the things you love to do during the hot weather.

Just follow a few easy tips to get your fingers and toes in shape and ready for some well deserved attention.

1. Keep Them Short

Go for shorter nails to show off your manicure and all the trendy colors and textures of summer like turquoise and foil metallic. Short nails are also less susceptible to chipping.

The most fashionable (and professional) shape is called a squoval—a square with rounded edges. This shape mirrors your cuticle shape and usually requires less maintenance than a square shape.

2. Go For a Natural Look

Try a nude color for a natural look whether you’re spending time in the city or at the beach.

Check out some great nude shades , like Deborah Lippmann’s sheer pink color called Baby Love.

3. Make Your Nail Polish Last

If you want your manicure to last, make sure to apply polish to clean, dry nails (oils, creams, and residue prevent paint from staying in place). Re-applying a top coat every few days can also help you go the distance.

If you’re in hurry, try a quick-drying polish like Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Nail Polish.
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What I’m Loving This Summer

16 Jul

ImLovingIt

Here are few beauty and style goodies I picked up at the recently opened McArthurGlen designer outlet near the Vancouver airport. This is the first designer outlet to hit the city of Vancouver (not the ‘burbs) so it’s a big deal for Vancouver shoppers.

Coach Aviator Sunglasses

I’m a sucker for aviator sunglasses and combined with Coach touches (like the horse-and-carraige logo at the temple), I couldn’t resist.

These sunglasses provide state-of-the-art, full-spectrum sun protection which also twisted my arm. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re packaged in a Coach case with a velvet interior.

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer

I didn’t expect to shop at The Body Shop at the designer outlet, but I noticed a new addition to the Instablur line for the eye area.

The Instablur Eye Primer does triple duty: it works to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid with a slight tint, and enhance the vibrancy of your eye shadow.

I like how this primer works but I wish it came in a larger tube.

Lady Slipper Nail Lacquer

This feminine shade of shimmering pink is just the right touch of summer if you prefer subtle polish. I love that it dries fast and glides on smoothly.

The formula, which reinforces and protects nails, is free of camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde and toluene.

Next time, I’ll try Crabree & Evelyn’s Nail Polish Remover Wipes that replace traditional ingredients with a gentler, healthier soy-based formula.

Guess Relaxed Skinny Jeans

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Summer Shine Patrol: 3 Products for Fighting Oily Skin

15 Jul

Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers

Even if you’re not prone to oily skin, the hot humid weather can bring out the shine on your face (especially the T-zone).

Here are three products that can help fight oily skin during the summer months.

Bobbie Brown Blotting Papers

These powder-free tissues are perfect for absorbing excess oil and perspiration during the summer months, without removing makeup.

The tissues (100 per pack) come in a refillable black faux-leather case with a mirror that can fit in a back pocket. As one reviewer on the Bobbie Brown site mentioned, they’re not your Grandma’s blotting papers!

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Clinique’s New Mask Lineup

8 Jul

New Clinique Masks

Just in time for summer, Clinique is introducing two new masks: one to deep cleanse and the other to brighten skin for an all-around glow.

Like all of Clinique’s masks, these masks feature super-charged ingredients to complement any regular skin care regimen.

They’re also 100% fragrance free which is important since fragrance is the most common cause of skin irritation which can be aggravated during warmer weather.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask

This deep cleansing mask features a blend of clays and charcoal powder to instantly mattify and detoxify the skin of dirt and impurities.

But don’t worry about it stripping your skin. The mask is specifically designed to be gentle with a formula that balances oil-absorbing clays and charcoal powder with hyaluronic acid to prevent potential dryness.

Here are the key ingredients in the mask:
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Make Your Summer Makeup Last with Setting Spray

6 Jul

Makeup Setting Sprays

This summer is turning out to be a scorcher which means your makeup may need extra attention to preserve your look.

The best way to do this is with a setting spray that locks in makeup so that it lasts all day and all night.

Here are a couple of makeup setting sprays to get the job done (shown in the photo from left to right).

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This weightless spray is suitable for all skin types and features patented Temperature Control Technology.

The sprayer delivers a fine mist that goes on so light, and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there.
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BB Cream for the Body: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

29 Jun

First came BB cream for your face. Next came BB creams for your hair. Now, you can apply a BB cream to improve the skin texture on your body.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is designed to create five “beautifying” benefits to your skin:

  • Hydration
  • Illumination (subtle sheen)
  • Evenness (redness/discoloration)
  • Firmness
  • Correction (blurs/hides imperfections)

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Boost Your Skin’s Immunity: Shiseido Ultimune Eye

22 Jun

Ultimune Eye

Last year, Shiseido introduced Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate designed to boost the immunity of the skin in its defense against the signs of aging.

Ultimune was such a game changer that it won the best cosmetics award “Prix d’Excellence” in 2014 sponsored by French magazine, Marie Claire.

Taking eye treatment to a new level of intensity, Shiseido has just launched Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate for the delicate skin around the eye area. Ultimune Eye is based on the same patented immunity activating technology which has won dedicated customers all over the world (one million bottles have already been sold!).

ULTIMUNELABI recently won an invitation to a VIP dinner hosted by Shiseido Canada and City Line’s resident beauty expert Dave Lackie to celebrate the launch of Ultimune Eye.

Talk about lucky–this invitation is like winning the lottery.

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What You Need to Know About Ultimune Eye

Here’s what I learned during Shiseido’s presentation in their cross-country mobile Ultimune Lab and what you need to know!

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New Ways to Get a Safe, Sunless Tan

17 Jun

Sunless Tanners

Everyone loves the a sun-kissed look, but damaging UV rays aren’t worth taking a risk.

Here are a couple of products that can make you look like a bronze goddess without frying for hours on a beach.

Michael Kors Hydrating Bronze Gel Creme

This lightweight gel creme lets you combine a tanned look and a subtle glow. Not only does it provide sheer color, it also gives your skin all-day hydration.

Use it alone on your face for a luminous look or apply before bronzing powder. You an also smooth on the gel creme anywhere on your body.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm

This lightweight bronzer comes in a beauty balm format that leaves a subtle, warm glow in a medium bronze shade. It also enriches skin tone and minimizes skin imperfections.

The best part of this bronzing beauty balm: it provides SPF 20 for sun defense.

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Turn Your Moisturizer into Foundation: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

15 Jun

Cover | FX Custom Cover Drops

Do you ever wish your foundation could be as smooth as your favorite moisturizer, or as firming as your favorite serum?

Cover FX has come up with a genius product called Custom Cover Drops that can turn any moisturizer, serum, oil, or primer that is water, oil, or silicone-based into foundation.

The drops feature a unique technology which leaves behind a pigment that transforms into a sheer tint or a total coverage foundation, depending on how many drops you add. To ensure the smoothest application, the pigments are also coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin.

Choose from a wide range of shades (up to 24) ranging from fair to light skin with pink undertones to medium to deeply tanned skin with golden undertones.

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Skincare Designed for Millennials: Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum

10 Jun

Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb

If you’re a millennial, chances are a serum isn’t part of your skincare ritual yet.

Yet, the fact is that biological and physical changes do occur under the skin’s surface at this age. Whether it’s from late nights, stress, or sun exposure, skin can become uneven and dull resulting in a less radiant complexion.

Original Skin™ Renewal Serum with Willowherb by Origins was recently introduced as a high-performance solution to address the transition in quality of skin faced by today’s millennials. This super-serum helps skin look fresher and brighter, while it minimizes the appearance of imperfections.

The star ingredient in the serum is Willowherb, found in the Canadian prairies (yea Canada!), which has traditionally been used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments. This plant extract and other potent ingredients boost the skin’s overall quality and help soften the appearance of pores and imperfections.

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