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Summer Shine Patrol: 3 Products for Fighting Oily Skin

27 Jun

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) The good news is that there are different ways to tackle unwanted summer shine on your skin.

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

Bobbi 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. If you’re looking for an on-the-go solution for shiny skin, these pocket-size tissues are definitely not your old-fashioned blotting papers.

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Good Enough to Eat: Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation

23 Jun

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation

Since I’m a chocoholic, no one has to twist my arm to try out beauty products that team up with cocoa ingredients.

So, it was only a matter of time till I picked up Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation :).

If you prefer medium to full coverage and love the smell of cocoa, this foundation is worth checking out.

Not only does it smell great, the foundation features a unique cocoa complex with anti-aging qualities that hydrate and smooth skin (and boost your mood!).

With hyaluronic filling spheres, the foundation also does a good job of concealing imperfections like pores and fine lines with a matte finish.

The Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation comes in eight flexible shades that work with almost any skin tone:

  • Fair
  • Light
  • Golden Light
  • Light/Medium
  • Medium
  • Medium/Tan
  • Tan
  • Deep Tan

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Handy Tips for Summer Nails

20 Jun

 Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Happy Monday, beauties ❤️.

Want your nails to look amazing during the summer?

You can keep them looking good without giving up the things you love 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 Dior Vernis polka dots. Short nails are also less susceptible to chipping.

One of the most fashionable (and professional) shapes 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 or lake.

Check out a new natural shade from the Sally Hansen Color Therapy line called Couple’s Massage launching soon.

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 top coat like the Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat with argan oil launching soon.
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London Drugs Annual Beauty Preview: #LDBeauty

16 Jun

LDBeauty_quad

Happy Thursday, beauties 💕.

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:).

Makeup

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 Ombré Blush, inspired by the ombré 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.

NYX

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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.

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Mini Drugstore Makeup Haul

26 May

DrugstoreHaul

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.

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Scale Down Your Beauty Routine: The Everything Balm

19 May

Del_EBalm

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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