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Lush Fresh Made Cosmetics: Cup O' Coffee & Rosy Cheeks

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Sometimes, I miss going back to school. New outfits, seeing my friends and hearing stories about the summer. I just love routine! Not everyone can say that. Bad skin days can totally make you want to delay going back. With exactly 5 days to go until the big day, get a head start with the new lush masks.

I was able to check out the Lush location in Markville mall and pick up two of the new masks.

Cup O' Coffee
Sizes:
150g $10.95 CAN
325g $19.95 CAN

I have an obsession with the smell of coffee. It's definitely a kick starter to my day. This is an all over scrub (*note* avoid your eyes). Did you know that the caffeine in the scrub will perk up in your skin in time for school. Reverse the damage from the summer!

Why you need it?
Coffee- Mild scrub
Kaolin- Cleanses pores

Start with clean skin- Leave the scrub on for 5-10 minutes. Once the time has completed scrub it off with warm water.


Rosy Cheeks
Size:
60g $12.95
Keep Refrigerated 
Vegan

This smells so good it's insane.
This one is for my sensitive skin girls! Calm your rosy cheeks with this gem.

Ingredients:
Kaolin- Cleanses pores
Calamine- soothes
Turkish rose oil- nourishes/tones

Put it all over the face- Leave for 10-15 minutes, Once the time has completed rinse it off with warm water.

Which mask do you want to try?


Annabelle Cosmetics Instaglam Kajal Eyeliner + Kajal

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

As a beauty blogger, I'm always testing something. My purse is full of products. It's extremely hard to down size. I often find myself forgetting something important at home. Annabelle Instaglam Eyeliner + Kajal $12.50 CAN prevents me from having breakdowns. 
Everything to line my eyes in one product.

Liquid
Kajal
SWATCHES


They both apply smoothly along your lash line. One thing I love about the kajal is that it's really black. Like midnight black. Overall the convenience of having both products together is a lifesaver!

Key notables:
  • The kajal is waterproof
  • Perfect for sensitive eyes
  • Scent-free
  • The liquid liner lasts up to 12+ hours

This product would be perfect for traveling or to add to your makeup bag for back to school.


MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

As a WOC, I get asked about foundation A LOT. I mostly just refer people to my Easy Women of Colour Foundation Guide but since 2014- I haven't found a new one to add to my list until now.

Introducing MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($50.00 CAN) & Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation ($50.00 CAN) .

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is literally the MOST natural foundation that you will ever use in your life. Honestly I have never tried anything like this in my life. It's like I'm wearing an instagram filter.

My colour:  COLOR 178 = Y535 - Chestnut

With 40 shades to choose from, Whether your an MUA or your local selfie queen you will love this medium finish formula. You know when you watch the news in HD and you see enough makeup on the host that you swear you can peel off? You would get NONE of that with this foundation. It's honestly invisible under the newest 4k lens. Let me also add that it's formulated with hyaluronic spheres for time-released hydration.

You can apply it with a brush or a sponge.
I prefer to use a damp sponge for application.
No filter here!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation is for my girls who need a bit more coverage. It's the same concept of the liquid just with more of a medium-full coverage.


My colour:  COLOR 178 = Y535 - Chestnut


MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation is perfect for extra coverage, contouring or touch ups.



This is the most natural-looking stick foundation that I've ever seen in my life.
15 shades to chose from. I love the fact that it's in a stick foundation that doesn't dry me out stick to my skin.

Check out my  MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer post


MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer - Swatches + Pictures

Friday, August 07, 2015

A primer is the key to making your foundation last. It's such a small step. Finding a primer that works for you is very hard. I've tried some that have broken me out like pimples everywhere. To others that turned me into an oil slick. It's truly trial & error.

Sometimes you really have to invest, if you want your make up to be pristine. 
Right now the MAKE UP FOR EVER step 1 Skin Equalizer ($43.00 CAN) is literally everything. 

Make Up For Ever did an amazing job making these primers for all skin concerns.
10 formulas target your texture & tone concern.

Here is what I received:
Mattifying Primer reduces shine- oily skin.

Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance- deep/dark skin. 

As stated before prep is key. These primers are all light, creamy and effective! 
Your foundation will apply smoothly and last a REALLY long time.

I use the Mattifying Primer in my t-zone and my nose.
Then I follow up with Radiant Primer Caramel on my dark areas.
It's amazing under the eyes.


If you see these in stores- Get them ASAP!




Plastic Surgery Stigma Wanes as Candid Celebrities Tell All

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

**Sponsored post**

More celebrities are coming forward about the different cosmetic procedures they have undergone. What good news for everyday folk! Famous people aren't just effortlessly good looking! It turns out that they, like the rest of us, invest a significant amount of effort and money in their appearances. There will always be rumors of plastic surgery, of course, but the era of "who got what done" seems to be coming to a close — or at least waning — as more people share their stories in effort to have an open and frank discussion about confidence and body image.

Celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels recently opened up about her nose job and how important it was to her self-confidence growing up. "I had my nose done when I was 16 years old, and I'll be honest, it did change my life," she told PEOPLE magazine. "Not to say you should let your physicality define you, but there are some things that can make people feel really insecure. So, if there is something you want to fix that allows you to feel a little bit more confident, I support it. I think it's about [doing it for] the right reasons."

Michaels had originally came forward about her surgery to US Weekly in August 2010 and was generally praised for her openness. She explained at the time that she had been bullied and was a very anxious child, and that the surgery to reduce her large nose made a huge difference. According to Dr. Richard Rival, a rhinoplasty specialist in Toronto, having an overly large nose is one of the most common motivations for rhinoplasty. "A large nose generally draws attention away from where the focus should be — on the eyes," his website says. "The job of a rhinoplasty surgeon is not only to make an attractive looking nose, but to balance it with the rest of the facial features." Michaels explained that is what the procedure did for her, helping her feel like the feature she disliked so much no longer stood out.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea also recently shared details about the breast augmentation procedure she had done at the end of 2014. She explained her reasons to Vogue back in March. Due to her smaller bust size
, she needed padding sewn into all of her stage costumes so that they fit properly. While she admitted she did consider keeping the surgery to herself, she explained that she "wasn't into secret-keeping."

Numerous celebrities have also been open about their non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, such as injectables. Kelly Ripa comfortably announced that "BOTOX® changed my life." Even Kylie Jenner opened up about her lip fillers after initially avoiding the rumors. "It's just an insecurity of mine and it's what I wanted to do," she said. "I want to admit to the lips, but people are so quick to judge me on everything, so I might have tiptoed around the truth, but I didn't lie."

Underlying all these examples is a running thread of confidence, body image issues, and struggles with insecurity, particularly in the harsh spotlight of stardom. Most non-famous plastic surgery patients say that the same issues are what spurred them to want to change something about their own bodies. It's nice to see the stigma fading around such themes as cosmetic procedures are more popular than ever.

Currently Obsessed: NUDESTIX Clean-Up Pencil

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I have prided myself on being able to make cat eyes with 95% accuracy. 
The other 5% results in a huge mess. Especially with liquid liner.

Lately, my clean ups have been really easy with NUDESTIX Clean-Up Pencil ($28.00 CAN).
It's a literal breeze. Just swipe it over the mistake and wipe it away!
Why you need it?
  • It doesn't pull on your skin- which is really important in delicate areas like your eyes.
  • Works on hard to take off makeup 
  • It's clean and quick
I love it!



Love: Fuji Green Tea™ Body Butter

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One thing about The Body Shop is that they always come up with the best scent combination. 
At first, when you hear them- you wonder.. How in the world is that going to smell?  
But! It always works out. I recently tried Fuji Green Tea™ Body Butter ($20.00 CAN). 


We all know about the benefits of green tea. I honestly live by it! 
This product is no different. Just for your skin. 

Smooth on replenishing hydration, while detoxing body and soul with the crisp and refreshing scent of Fuji Green Tea™ Body Butter.


This is actually their first collection which is infused with green tea leaves from Mount Fuji.

Top 5 reasons you need to get your hands on this body butter:

  • Not greasy
  • Very hydrating
  • Infused with green tea 
  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Contains Community Fair Trade Shea Butter from Ghana
The best tip I got from a Body Shop employee was to apply this butter right after you come out of the shower for maximum absorption. 



Check out Giant Tiger!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Did you know that Giant Tiger is one of the very few Canadian family discount stores out there? 
I was introduced to brand around 5 years ago. One thing to know about Giant Tiger is that they have REALLY affordable prices and an amazing return policy.
Canadian owned and operated since the first Giant Tiger store opened in 1961 in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, today the privately held company has more than 200 stores in 8 provinces.
Now that I'm a new home owner, I had the opportunity(giftcard) to check out what they have and I was appalled by the reasonable prices.

The first thing on my list was a mat for our garage. 
I found some trendy prints for $2.50.
DEAL!

I need some basic maxi dresses for my honeymoon and checked out these cute prints for under $8.00.
That's under $10.00 with tax.
Deal!

Of course I needed to get a cute makeup bag to carry my makeup for my Honeymoon.
It's black zippered and roomy. I believe it cost me $5.00.
Plus I got two 4x4 piece cup-plate-bowl-saucer sets for $16.00 each.
Which is very comparable to the department store brand that I was going to get for $100.
You could never tell the difference.
Once I realized that I got another box!
Deal!

Once of my favourite parts of Giant Tiger is the food section!
Brand name selections not brand name prices.
This is just a small portion of their refrigerated selection.
They also have frozen food, fruits/vegetables and packaged goods.

I should also add that Giant Tiger has their own line called Giant Value.
Products at a lower price point plus they come with a money back guarantee:

"If you are not completely satisfied with one of our Giant Value™products simply return the product with your receipt of purchase for a complete refund."

If you have a Giant Tiger in your area I'd suggest you check them out!
I got a lot of stuff within budget. I know I spoke about the Giant Value policy but overall it's a one stop shop.




Drink More Water- Strauss WaterBar

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Water is an essential part of my life. Before the wedding, I was so immersed in water. I drank up to almost 2L a day and I was reaping all the benefits! On my wedding day, my skin was immaculate and I was even able to lose 10 pounds. Remember water aids in digestion, detoxing and boosts circulation. But now that everything is over and I have hardly touched 500ml daily. SO embarrassing!

This week, I reconnected with my love of water. I was invited to a Hello Gorgeous event by Strauss Water Canada. The belle of the ball was the Strauss WaterBar. Let me explain this beauty to you....

Strauss WaterBar–a revolutionary drinking water solution that provides a convenient, stylish and environmentally friendly alternative to bottled, filtered and tap water. How? An activated carbon filter, a micro-mesh filter and ultra violet light to deliver safe, great tasting water, all the while maintaining essential mineral elements including calcium and magnesium.
Facts:
  • Strauss Water Canada- 40 years in the field
  • Two models(T6 &T7)
  • Comes in an array of colours
  • It's easily hooked up to your main water line
  • You chose the water you want: cold, room temp and boiling
  • Triple water filtration and purification process,  kills 99.9% of micro-organisms & bacteria plus absorbs the chlorine.

It's also good to get creative with your water drinking!
Add fruits to spice it up.
Lemon is very refreshing!

With the boiling water option, add your favourite tea bags!
At the Hello Gorgeous event, we had the opportunity to make our own teas.
My favourite part was coming up with the flavour combinations!

Overall, the Strauss WaterBar is suppose to bring back the love of drinking water at home or in the office. This is the best way to eliminate buying bottled water weekly.

Isn't it the perfect addition to your kitchen table?
You can purchase one at strauss-water.ca/

**This is a sponsored post*

Top 3 Honeymoon Must Haves!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After a whirl wind 20 month engagement- It's all over.
Two days after my wedding, I was on a flight to the islands with my essentials.
I don't want to go into the details yet but there was three items which I could NOT leave at home.

Vichy Idéal Soleil Invisible Mist ($35.95 CAN) - Gone are the days of throwing sunscreen in your hands to apply it to your body. Now you don't need to get you hands dirty at all. The best part is that it's hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and paraben free! It applies as an invisible mist in a continuous spray. Super easy to use and applies dry!

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Shower Power™ Max ($17.50 CAN)- If you're running short on time or need a touch up, this needs to be in your suitcase. Apply with a sponge at least 1 minute before stepping in the shower. While in the shower try your best to keep the cream on for two minutes and away from water. Then use the bumpy side of the sponge the remove the cream. 
Really easy and it smells good.

ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste($3.99 CAN) So I had to reverse the 20 months of cake tasting, late night coffee dates and any other damage. So I religiously used this toothpaste daily! Not only does it whiten teeth but it also repairs tooth enamel.