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Kiss and Contribute: Fresh SUGA(RED) Lip Treatment

17 Nov

Fresh SUGA(Red)

Are you a Fresh Sugar lover, like me?

The big news from Fresh this holiday season is that the brand is launching its first product that gives back.

This December, you can pick up the limited edition SUGA (RED) Lip Treatment at Sephora wrapped in red to support the fight against AIDS.

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Change Your Face Cleanser and Stop Aging So Fast!

13 Nov

Sulfate Free Cleansers

Are you using a face cleanser with sulfates? You may feel like your skin is super clean after washing your face with this type of cleanser, but harsh detergents can actually injure your skin.

Want to slow down the aging process? Switch to a sulfate-free cleanser and wash your face at night only. In the morning, just splash your face with water as too much washing dries out your skin and causes it to age faster.

Here are three cleansers that are sulfate and paraben-free (from left to right in the photo).

Shiseido IBUKI Gentle Cleanser

I recently received a small sample of this cleanser and love it. The ultra-gentle formula is over the top rich and creamy, yet it still feels like my skin is fresh and clean.

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment

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Help L’OCCITANE Improve the Vision of People in Need

28 Oct


The number of visually impaired people in the world is staggering: 285 million people have trouble seeing. The good news is that 80% of blindness cases can be avoided!

To fight against avoidable blindness, L’OCCITANE is helping with a solidarity product: a luxurious melting honey body soap from Provence made with shea butter to cleanse and perfume skin.

This symbolic soap is wrapped in a printed box, decorated with flowers and honeycomb cells drawn by founder, Olivier Baussan.

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Worth the Splurge: Diorskin Forever Compact

21 Oct

Diorskin Compact

Some innovative liquid foundations have launched this year like Clinique Beyond Perfecting, but sometimes I prefer the convenience of a powder foundation.

One of my favorite powder foundations is the Diorskin Forever Compact. If you avoid powder foundation because you don’t like a cakey finish, you need to take a serious look at this powder. It does everything your favorite glowy liquid foundation does.

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Birchbox for October: Positive Force

19 Oct

Birchbox Positive Force

I recently attended a Birchbox event introducing Vancouver beauty bloggers to PARLOR by Jeff Chastain haircare (more about this haircare line here).

To help educate bloggers about Birchbox, we all received the October 2015 edition of Birchbox’s subscription beauty box, Positive Force.

This month’s theme focuses on the power of beauty to change your mood, inspire confidence, and make you happy (beauty samples definitely make me happy). Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Birchbox is also partnering with the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation.

What You Get

Here are the products you’ll receive in the Positive Force beauty box:
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Becca Limited Edition Champagne Glow Palette

14 Oct

BECCA Champagne Glow Palette

Becca Champagne Pop highlighter is easily one of the best-selling makeup products of 2015. Since this shade was so successful, Becca is now offering a glow palette that includes this flattering pinky peach luminizer.

The Champagne Glow Palette is an even better deal if you missed out on the first round of Champagne Pop. Inspired by the holiday season, it contains three Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed shades:

  • Pearl—Apply this white linen shade to the inner corners of the eyes, under the brow bones, and on the bridge of the nose.
  • Blushed Copper—Use this warm copper shade as an eye shadow to create depth and dimension around the eyes.
  • Champagne Pop—Apply this champagne peach shade in a “C” shape: start above the eyebrows and end on top of the cheekbones.

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Trying Out Popular Asian Beauty Products

12 Oct


Since Asian beauty products are getting so much buzz right now, I decided to head over to a local Japanese dollar store (Daiso) that stocks imported beauty products.

My goal was to find a couple of unique popular items that I’ve never used before.

All of the products that I purchased cost $2 (CDN) plus tax. The packaging of the items contained the minimum required English (it’s often “lost in translation”), so I didn’t have a lot of information to work with.

Check out which products I recommend as a BUY and which ones I recommend as a PASS.

Nose Shadow

I’ve never seen a contouring product targeted for only the nose, so I was definitely interesting in checking out this product.

On close inspection, this shadow is no different from eye shadow and it took a few swipes of the darker shade before I could draw a line down my nose. The lighter shade is also on the white side which works for me since I’m pale; however, it may look awkward on darker skin.

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Advanced Skincare Technology: Concentrated Neuropeptide Renewal Serum

5 Oct

Concentrated NeuVenin Royale ropeptide Renewal Serum

The biotechnologists who developed the Concentrated Neuropeptide Renewal Serum didn’t start out as a skincare team. While researching treatments for autoimmune and infectious diseases, they discovered that King Cobra venom offers significant visible benefits to the skin.

Although I’m not a fan of reptiles, I decided to face my phobia and take a look at Venin Royale’s innovative serum. When a scientifically advanced breakthrough in skincare technology (nominated for the 2015 #Beauty20 Award) doesn’t involve needles or surgery, I’m all in.

NRT-27™ Skincare Technology

NRT-27 is an exclusive, patent-pending blend of over 27 natural (non-synthetic) peptides and neuropeptides from King Cobra venom (humanely extracted, of course).

Not only does the venom help with soothing and calming the skin, it also improves the delivery of other age-defying ingredients like red marine algae and antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E.

How to Use the Serum

The serum is designed as a first layer under your moisturizer, foundation, or night cream.

After cleansing, apply one to two pumps twice daily over your face, neck, and hands. The formulation has a creamy texture, but it’s still lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s also hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and gluten-free.

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Brighten Up with a Serum Concealer

24 Sep


There’s a new crop of concealers that may just change your makeup routine.

Concealer with serums are designed mostly for the under eye area.

If you’re looking for creamy smooth texture, concealers with serum easily blend into the skin so you won’t tug at your skin. They also provide serious brightening properties.

Here are 3 concealers with serum (from left to right in the photo) that are worth checking out.

BARESKIN Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

This serum concealer is designed to provide major coverage with an ultra-light texture. The formula contains antioxidant Lilac Plant Stem Cells to give skin a brightened, lustrous finish.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

This gel-serum concealer features brightening properties and a unique domed applicator (like a cotton swab) for the sensitive under eye area.

What I like about this concealer is that it’s infused with pineapple ceramide (pineapple is well-known for its brightening properties). You can also build the coverage without adding texture. Just dip, dot, and blend.

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NEW Burt’s Bees Caramel Apple Moisturizing Lip Balm

17 Sep


Nothing says fall like apples, caramel, and lip balm.

NEW Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm has a buttery caramel flavor combined with notes of juicy tart apple (sounds yummy).

The moisturizing lip balm ingredients include rich Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Apple Fruit Extract.

Like all Burt’s Bees lip balm, the apple caramel version hydrates and moisturizes dry lips, leaving them soft and smooth.

NEW Burt’s Bees® Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm will be available October 2015.

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[Image via Burt’s Bees]

Evolution of Contouring: Estée Lauder New Dimension

14 Sep


Contouring is still the rage, but it’s taking on a new form for beauty brands like Estée Lauder.

I heard about this new frontier of contouring at a recent Beauty Trend presentation in Vancouver and just had to share it with you.

Contouring Skin Care

The New Dimension range from Estée Lauder includes two new skin care products designed to create facial volume and reflect the skin’s best qualities.

When it comes to aging, loss of volume is a big deal as it can cause your eyes to look sunken and your cheeks to hollow out.

New Dimension Shape +Fill Expert Serum

This serum targets the cheeks and jawline with a pro-collagen complex. Over time, expect to see your face look more defined and radiant.
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Benefit’s New BB Cream Eyelid Primer: Air Patrol

2 Sep


Leave it to Benefit to come up with a new way to take care of our eyelids and make eyeshadow last all day.

Air patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer contains a complex called EnviroDefend (with SPF 20) that helps defend against the damaging rays of the sun and air pollutants. It also extends the wear of eyeshadow by helping to prevent fading, creasing, and smearing.

The primer features a CushionCalm™ tip which lets you apply the formula without putting  pressure on your eyelids (how brilliant!).

Serious Solution for Under Eye Problems: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

31 Aug

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Make Your Dark Circles Skip Town

When used for color-correcting, a concealer with an orange tint does magic to conceal under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer is a creamy, full-coverage concealer with a non-tugging formula. It combines color-correcting pigments, moisturizing ingredients, and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.

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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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