Summer Nail Care: Dior Base Coat Abricot

25 Jul

When it comes to my nails, I need all the help I can get. 😀

I’ve been using Dior Base Coat Abricot for a while, and realized it’s a good choice for summer nails.

When you’re constantly going between cool air from an air conditioner and warm temperatures outside, your nails can become dry.

Dior Base Coat Abricot has a formula that nourishes and smoothes the nail surface, whether you apply it before nail polish or wear it alone.

Since I like a natural look in the summer, I mostly use this base coast as a polish on its own. A hint of peach and clear shine makes my nails look super healthy.

The thick rounded brush helps to ensure an even coating. The base coat always goes on smoothly and dries quickly to a hard finish.

The finish has lasting power, so I get around 5 days of natural and healthy nails without any chipping!

NYX Beauty School Dropout Palette – Back To Basics

13 Jul

Beauty School Dropout Palette - Back To Basics

Hi beauties!

This past spring, I had the chance to attend an NYX Cosmetics event to celebrate the opening of their professional makeup store in the Vancouver area (read about it here).

One of the items in the goodie bag that NYX was kind enough to give out was the Beauty School Dropout Palette – Back to Basics.

I was pretty excited to receive one of these palettes as NYX has already released different versions of the Beauty School Dropout Palette, which have been very popular.

For this version of the palette, you get everything you need to create a basic makeup look. The palette comes in a foldout book with three sections:

  • The first section contains a mirror along with a day and night makeup illustration (natural every day look/dramatic evening look).
  • The second section contains a massive amount of eye shadows (35) in matte, metallic, and shimmery finishes.
  • The third section contains 3 blushes, 2 highlighting powders, and 2 contouring powders.

One interesting packaging detail is a plastic cover over the eyeshadows. At first, I thought it was a bit annoying because you have to lift the cover to get to the eyeshadows. I realized, though, it will protect all of the shades if the powder moves around as you start to use them.

The NYX eye shadows have good payoff and are easy to blend. The colors, which cover all of the bases in a contemporary way, include neutrals, rusts, and smoky shades.

Now on to the blushes, highlighting powders, and contouring powders. First, they come in fairly large pans, which means they’ll last awhile. The blushes are all the shades I like to use: peach, coral, and pink. The highlighters give off just the right amount of glow (they’re not over the top).

The two contouring powders are on the light side. This may be a drawback, if you have a deeper skin tone. However, you still may be able to use them as highlighters.

If you’re just getting started with makeup, this is a great kit. If you’re a makeup hoarder (like me), you’ll be in heaven!

I really wish that this type of palette had been around when I first fell in love with makeup, but I’m so glad I have this in my makeup stash now. 💕

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

Easy Summer Haircare: Infusium23 Repair & Renew Collection

6 Jul

Hi beauties! Do you change your haircare routine for the summer?

During the summer, I like to give my hair a break from heat styling tools (my blow dryer and flat iron can use a breather, too). Since my hair is highlighted, it can turn nasty due to humidity and high temperatures.

I recently had a chance to try out three products in the Infusium 23 Repair & Renew collection. This easy-to-use trio features keratin to fortify hair and argan oil to prevent damage.

Infusium 23 Repair & Renew Shampoo

The Repair & Renew Shampoo is designed to strengthen hair, while diminishing the damaging effects of the past. The formula contains provitamins, proteins, and amino acids to make hair more resilient and renew troubled hair.

Nourishing hair cuticles from root to tip, this shampoo minimizes future breakage by removing residue and build-up. Getting rid of product build-up just may be the reason my hair looked smooth and had a lot of body after using this shampoo.

Tip: When shampooing your hair, focus on cleansing the scalp first, rubbing in circular motions with the pads of your fingers (not the nails) and letting the motion of the water work suds down the length of your hair. Try to avoid piling your hair on the top of your head or rubbing shampoo into your ends.

Infusium 23 Repair & Renew Conditioner

After shampooing my hair, I usually apply conditioner to the ends of my hair. The Repair & Renew Conditioner is very silky so you just need a minimal amount to take advantage of the  i-23 Complex to recharge, renew, and treat dull, damaged hair (amen!).

Infusium 23 Repair & Renew Leave-in Treatment

The Repair & Renew Leave-in Treatment is designed to improve the quality of hair over time. Since I’ve previously used an Infusium 23 Leave-in Treatment for color-treated hair and liked it, I knew this would be my favorite product in the collection (and it is). This light mist, which you can use every day, also helps detangle wet or dry hair.

In Canada, you can find Infusium23 at most retailers. For summer 2017, Infusium23 is offering a special bonus size in the Repair & Renew Shampoo and Conditioners with 35% more value and $1 off any purchase until July 31, 2017; check out more here.

You may have noticed that I included a couple of hair slinkies in the photo. I’m so happy I was introduced to this hair tie (I wish I would have thought of this). They don’t dent or tangle your hair, or create breakage!

Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.