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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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Stay Shine-Free on the Go

8 Jun

BareMineralsTouchupKit

Unless you’ve been blessed by the skin gods, you’ll probably experience a shiny complexion as the weather heats up.

If you’re away from home and need a fix for oily summer skin, the bareMinerals Touch Up To-Go kit is the way to go.

The kit comes in a small zippered bag and includes:

  • A mini compact of bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent
  • A baby buki bush
  • A compact pad (TIP: use the pad for a tapping motion if you don’t want to smudge your foundation).

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This Multi-Purpose Beach Cream Treats Your Hair and Body at the Same Time

4 Jun


Let’s face it. When you’re out at the beach, your skin and hair can take a beating from the sun, wind, and surf. So, why not address both issues with one product?

Aerin Beach Cream for Hair and Body is a conditioning cream with a subtle shimmer.

Just a quarter-sized dollop adds a summer glow to your skin or activates the sun’s warm rays for a deep conditioning hair treatment.

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Splurge on this Natural Eye Palette and Give Back

7 May

Chantecaille 15 Year Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

If you love to give back and also wear gorgeous neutral shades, Chantecaille has a striking eye shadow trio that is definitely worth splurging on.

Chantecaille palettes are so breathtaking, they could easily double as collector’s items. The 15 Year Anniversary Eye Shade Trio is no exception.

It comes in a refillable limited edition gunmetal palette with three neutral shades that can easily take you through any season:
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Get Your Spring Glow On: Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright

4 May

Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega–Bright Skin Illuminating Moisturizer

After a long, cold winter (and spring), your skin is probably looking a little dull.

You can amp it up with some highlighter or you can recover that lit from within glow with an illuminating moisturizer.

Dr. Andrew Weil, a specialist in holistic health, has teamed up with Origins to create a revolutionary approach to correcting visible discoloration and helping to prevent it from re-appearing.

Mega-Bright skin illuminating moisturizer contains a light-infusing complex called Rosa Roxburghii which can help bring back a clear, bright, and luminous complexion.

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What I’m Loving Lately

22 Apr

What I'm Loving

Here are few beauty goodies that I’m loving lately. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these favorites or plan on it in the future.

1. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

This highlight from Clinique’s new contouring line contains pearlized, light-reflecting pigments that I’ve been lusting after for a long time. Use this sculpting crayon to add a luminous sheen to the top of your cheekbones or your Cupid’s bow to make your lips look more shapely. Find out more about the Clinique Hello Cheekbones collection here.

2. Cellex C High-Potency Serum

Vitamin C is one of the most powerful ingredients for fighting aging. Why? Vitamin C helps to produce collagen which gives elasticity to your skin.

When it comes to Vitamin C, nobody does it better than Cellex C. A pioneer in Vitamin C skin care, the Cellex-C complex contains highly concentrated levels of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to enhance your skin. If you don’t believe me, check out photos of Mr. C. who tested the product on one side of his face.

3. Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Foundation

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Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil

20 Apr

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil

Just in time for spring, Clinique has added to its high-performance Turnaround Revitalizing franchise.

I had a chance to take a look at one of the new products−Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil−designed to kick-start the skin’s natural renewal cycle.

If you’re wondering how Clinique’s facial oil differs from others, the Turnaround Revitalizing treatment Oil is extremely lightweight, yet hydrating (a little goes a long way). In addition to anti-oxidants, the formula contains salicylic acid which adds an exfoliating feature to this oil.

The bottle comes with an attached dropper on the lid, which is a great feature for applying oil which can be messy. You can also use the dropper to mix this oil with your favorite moisturizer for more hydration.

There are two other additions to this skin renewal line:

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