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Cover Girl: Katy Kat Matte Lipstick Swatches

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I have always been a fan of Katy Perry style. She's unapologetic and not afraid to step outside of the box. I was really excited when Cover Girl tweeted that they would be doing a one-of-a-kind make up line with her: Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks ($11 CDN). I was even more excited when the whole collection showed up at my door.

I received 11 extremely pigmented lipsticks that are available in 
shades that can be worn 365 days a year.


These are actually a demi-matte formula. Meaning that they are not drying on the lips when applied. A lot of people are fan of this type of formula because of the way they glide over the lips. I think the main reason why these are so moisturizing is because they contain Shea butter. I'm going to let you know right now if you to have not incorporated shea butter into your lifestyle you should now because it is amazing. 


Each lipstick has a unique "kitty-cat" type name.
  • Sphynx
  • Pink Paws
  • Magenta Minx
  • Coral Cat
  • Crimson Cat
  • Catoure
  • Perry Panther
  • Cat Call
  • Kitty Purry
  • Cosmo Kitty
  • Maroon Meow
Check out some swatches that I took some of the lipsticks. 
Let me know which one is your favourite.


Lip swatches




 I'm really feeling Black Panther!
Which colour is your favourite?



Currently Obsessed: Mary Kay Beauty Blotters® Oil-Absorbing Tissues

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I'm the queen of looking like an oil slick during summer. It's annoying but that's what happens to me when I wear spf on my face. There is one product that I literally can't live without during these times: Oil blotters! 

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Right now, my go to's are the Mary Kay Beauty Blotters® Oil-Absorbing Tissues ($8.50 CAN). 

These 100% linen sheets remove shine and oil off your face within seconds.
The packets are small so they can fit into your purse or pocket.


These are perfect to use whether your wearing makeup for not. Brides would love these because it absorbs oil without messing up your makeup. Always use them by dabbing on your skin not rubbing or dragging them along your skin. Each pack comes with 75 tissues.


Some of these oil blotters come with cool extras like green tea extract or cooling properties but I know that those are not for all skin tones. These are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin. 



Currently Obsessed: Olay Deeply Clean Pore Mineral Cleanser

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I'm really good with all the steps in my skin care routine. I cleanse- exfoliate- tone and moisturize almost daily. The one step that I need to switch up regularly is my cleanser. Each one has their own unique attributes. A good cleanser can help you purify and brighten your skin. Especially after a hot day!

I was excited to get back to the basics with Olay Deeply Clean Pore Mineral Cleanser ($7.99 US).

How it works?
Made with Natural Kaolin clay. It's infused with a mineral complex helps to draw out pollutants (dirt.. makeup etc) out of your pores for a good deep down clean.

When I heard clay, I expected a cleanser that would be harder to work with (e.g to spread).
But as you can see the consistency is super easy to blend.

How I apply?


After a full day of wearing sunscreen my skin is pretty oily. I never know what cleanser to use to refresh my skin but Olay Deeply Clean Pore Mineral Cleanser has turned into my summer go to.
One of the main pros is it's ability to control shine and reduces the appearance of pores.
This cleanser is also dermatologically tested, oil-free and non-comedogenic!


Cake Beauty: Desserted Island Brown Sugar Scrub

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I've just come back from my second vacation of the year. My skin is literally perfect right now. I know jet setting is not the easiest and affordable thing to do. But there are easy ways to fake it. I have been playing around with some fun Cake Beauty items like the Delectable by Cake Beauty Everything Balm but so far I'm in love with the Desserted Island Brown Sugar Scrub($32.00 CAN).



A mix of brown sugar, cocoa butter & wholesome oils- into a lovely scrub.

Dead skin is what prevents you from looking your best. Once it accumulates, you look dull and uneven. Exfoliating can fix this by regenerating new skin to shine through.  

I love this scrub.
It gains major points from me for being made in Canada.
Plus it's:
*Cruelty-free
*Vegan
*Gluten-free
*GMO-free
*Paraben-free
*Phthalate-free


The brown sugar crystals are not rough on the skin.
After my showers, I always feel moisturized. 

The best place to use it *in my opinion*:
  • Under Arms
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Legs after shaving

 I basically just take a scoop up with my hands and apply it to wet skin in circular motions. I heard you can also do it on dry skin too but I haven't tried that yet. 

I keep it out of water for at least a minute and then I rinse off. Once I get out of the shower and pat dry my skin with a towel. They recommend using it twice weekly for best results.


Make Every Day an Occasion Worth Remembering with Affordable Women's Rings

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When was the last time that you gave yourself the luxury of a beautiful ring? It was once common for women to reserve new rings for special occasions, but modern women see the value in rewarding themselves on a routine basis. Whether you receive a promotion at work or need inspiration to overcome difficult times, Bradford Exchange has affordable rings for women that will turn any day of your life into an unforgettable moment.

Go Classic or Get Quirky 
If you want an elegant ring that you can wear to the office, to a business meeting or with your favorite evening gown, look for classic diamond rings like the Crown Jewel-Inspired Royal Legacy Ring or the ½ Carat Sapphire and Diamond Ring. The Solid 10K Gold Ring with 15 Diamonds is also a good choice because you can wear it with virtually anything. The 15 diamond stones included in this ring are finished with three different cuts, and the fine details are eye-catching.

If you prefer to put your personality on display through jewelry, look to Bradford Exchange to provide unusual options. For instance, you can celebrate your wedding with the Camo Wedding Ring Set or let your pixie fly with the Tinkerbell "Believe" Two-Toned Engraved Ring. If your faith is important to you, then the Footprints in the Sand Diamond Cross Ring or the Pure Faith Sterling Silver Diamond Ring will fit into your everyday wardrobe beautifully.


The Hottest Trends on Any Budget 
Do you see chocolate diamonds and other new jewelry trends and wish that you had thousands of dollars to blow at the jewelry store? Save your money and turn to the Bradford Exchange to stay on trend at a fraction of the price.
For instance, the Sweet Decadence Ring is designed with diamonds and mocha-colored stones that look much like chocolate diamonds. It also has a flattering design that will look amazing with your work clothes or any evening gown. It's so beautiful that you may even slip it on while running errands just to show off a little. 

Get Creative with Personalization 
One perk to shopping with the Bradford Exchange is the opportunity to engrave most rings with a meaningful message. When you're buying a ring in honor of a special occasion, you can add the date or a sentimental message that will make the ring even more meaningful.

When selecting rings to accessorize your work wardrobe or add personality to your casual attire, you may select motivational phrases or words that have special meaning to you. Imagine slipping your ring off your finger in the middle of a challenging day and seeing a word that motivates, inspires or uplifts you. Customization turns a beautiful ring into a powerful motivation tool when used in this manner.

Create Your Moment 
Every woman craves those magical moments that are marked with a special ring, but you don't have to wait for an engagement, anniversary or birthday to give yourself a much-deserved treat. You can turn every day into a moment worth remembering with the right Bradford Exchange ring.

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Festival Essentials

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I'm so excited for this Summer. So many festivals and concerts coming in these upcoming months- my pockets are going to be drained. A good friend of mine asked me what should she be packing for her first festival next month- I decided to turn it into a blog post. 

Why ask me? 
Because I'm one of those girls who is almost prepared for everything. 
Break a nail? I got a file/clippers! 
Hands dry? I got hand cream! 
Lash in your eye? I got a mirror and a few q-tips. 
My purse is literally a store... and I'm proud of it.


Bandages
You do not have to bring the whole box but pack a few for you and your friends. You never know when you're going to get a blister from walking in those new pair of shoes or from the friction on your heels. I'm speaking from experience! Oh my gosh....this one time my cousin and I went to the beach and her bathing suit top kept on shifting! We used a Band-Aids to make sure that there were no nip slips.

Sunscreen
This is a given! If you left your house without this... please don't talk to me. I'm joking! I love the fact that these are travel size- Thank you Banana Boat! For reference, the spray is $3.49 CAN
and the "squeeze" is $6.99 CAN. I hate walking around with a full sized bottle... more than likely it will not fit in my purse and I'll end up leaving it somewhere. Sooo don't forget your minis!

Lip Balm
For me, I honestly have been living in liquid matte lipsticks for months! But let's be honest... they can get a little drying the longer you wear them. I find that applying a thin coat of EOS ($3.99 CAN) over my lips makes it comfortable and doesn't disrupt my lip colour.

Hydrating Spray
The sun is extremely drying. I think it is a good idea to carry a hydrating spray with you. My favourite is philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar Microrenewal Hydrating Mist ($32.00 CAN) when you're feeling extremely parts just sprayed a few sprints and let it dry on its own it's packed with vitamins and super good for your skin

Temporary Tattoos 
I actually probably should not have included this because you wouldn't really bring this with you but it's totally fun to play with before you go! You can apply them to your hands, your back, your neck or whatever area you want to drive attention to. I love these gold metallic tattoos from Sephora!

There are probably so many more things that I could have added but this these are some items that came to my head. If you have any that you think I should I added him, please be sure to let me know in the comment section.


Mac/Estée Lauder Warehouse Haul 2016 + Giveaway

Friday, June 17, 2016

For the First time in 6 years, I stepped foot in Markham Fairgrounds. As if my makeup drawers were not already over flowing, I had to go pick up a few things from the Mac/Estée Lauder Warehouse Sale: Highlighters & Mascaras.

A few things did not change about the sale.
  • Need a ticket to enter- Needs to have a gold foil on it or fake
  • $600 limit
  • MAX 4 item
Room #1
Stuff like mini makeup bags, eyeshadow quads, paint pots, hair care, and etc...
Room #2
Smashbox Products, lip products, brushes, highlighters, foundations, eye shadows ...etc
Room #3
Nail polishes, packaged sets, eyeliners, clinque products, charity bags and cash

This time my issue was with the lines. I would never assume that on a Friday there would be so much going on. The line for cashout was sooooo long that it spread all the way into first room. I swear I debate going home every five seconds. Especially since I didn't have much.

My haul was tiny but in my youtube channel below you can get a detailed account of what I got. let me know if I should be doing a review on anything. So far my favourite is the mascaras!


Prices:
Lipsticks $10
Mascaras buy one get one free $12
Makeup bag $2
Creme shadow/Eyeshadow trio $15
Lip liner $4
Bottom lash mascara $4
Makeup brush sanitizer $12

I'm giving away some MAC goodies to my Canadian & USA readers!
Enter to win on my instagram : Spicedbeautyblog



Three uses: Delectable by Cake Beauty Everything Balm

Friday, June 10, 2016

Since purses are getting smaller and smaller- Cake beauty is trying to cut down the products that you stuff into your make up. The solution:
Delectable by Cake Beauty Everything Balm ($16.00 CAN).

This unique multi-purpose balm is petroleum-free, hydrating and conditioning.
It has over 21+ uses.


I like the fact that it's not greasy like petroleum jelly and it smells amazing. One of the key ingredients is natural Castor oil. A product that I haven't grown up with as a child- plus Coconut oil, Cocoa butter and Sunflower seed oil. I haven't got into the full list of 20 uses but there are three that I really think are awesome.

Cuticles

With the weather changing back my hands are not in the best looking right now. The excessive hand washing really took a toll on me. For repair, I like apply it around my cuticles. Let in “soak” in for around 2 minutes and then rub it in.

Lips

Before I get ready to apply my matte lipsticks, I put the balm on my lips. I then let it penetrate until my make up is done. After I wipe it off then apply my lipstick and I'm good to go. Or to revitalize an old lipstick, I apply a squirt to refresh.

Bites

This balm helps to reduces itchiness. When your outside and obviously do not have the product to apply- just dab the balm around the bite and you're good to go.






Those are my main three uses but you can do anything from tame your brows, soften cracked skin on your heels, put it on a sunburn or use it to tame flyaways, honestly the list goes on and on. You can find this product at cakebeauty.com, Shopper’s Drug Mart or even at well.ca.

Olay 4-In-1 Daily Facial Cloths

Friday, June 03, 2016

I really don't understand people who can go to sleep with their makeup on. 
#1- It damages your skin 
#2-  There so many easy ways to remove in less than 3 mins.



I'm a wipes girl. I love how easy it is! 
Wipe your face, wash off and after that apply your night cream.

 The one thing I can say about certain brands is that they are a little bit to dry. Especially now that we are in the whole waterproof/sweatproof resistant make up era. So when these new Olay 4-In-1 Daily Facial Cloths showed up at my door, I knew instantly that I would fall in love. 



They are designed to remove dirt, makeup and oil while gently conditioning skin, these cloths cleanse and hydrate skin in one easy step Super easy to use- just wet them, rub together to lather, cleanse and then rinse. For people like me who do not wear foundation, try cutting them in into four squares. 
Why waste a full one if you don't need to. 
 These wipes are very gentle and they smell good. 
If you see them in store, I'd recommend that you pick it up!

#BESTBEAUTIFUL


New York Color Get It All Lip Color- Swatches

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Summer is here!
Now it's time to break out the new colours and have fun.
I'm going to step away from the ultra matte trend for a bit to introduce you to 
New York Color- Get It All Lip Colors ($5.99 CAN).

The line features 12 unique lip colours. 
At a very affordable price of $5.99 CAN.
What else you should know:
  • Semi-matte shiny finish
  • Long lasting
  • Moisturizing

SWATCHES



Made in Canada: Introducing Alba Botanica

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

With vacay on my mind (I'm planning two major ones within 3 months) I'm already thinking of sunscreens. I'm lucky that a lovely Alba Botanica package showed up at my door. I won't lie, I've never heard of the brand before. Through research, I found out some really amazing things about Alba Botanica. 

Their products are:
  • Natural- Enhanced with naturally sourced botanical extracts 
  • Around since 1976
  • 100% Vegetarian 
  • Parabens-free
The keyword I keep on getting from these Alba Botanica sunscreens are: Emollient. Meaning: Softening and good for your skin. To be honest, that is the first time- I've ever seen those words to describe a sunscreen. This formula is like a milk lotion. So a few squeezes of the tube is all you need to fully lather your whole body. If your struggling to find out how much to really use on your body- google the "shot glass" method.

A few other notables: Alba Botanica provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 40 protection, Dermatologist Tested, hypo-allergenic and water resistant up to 80 minutes.

The biggest pro for me was the spray!
I have no answer why but I'm a sucker for anything spray lotion. It's just easier on my life. On vacay, just spray it all over the areas exposed to the sun and then pass it over to your significant other! Super easy.

Available at: Well.ca, Whole Food & London Drugs.

Foreo LUNA 2 facial-cleansing brush + Anti-Aging Device

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Skin care is so important to me. It's literally my #1 priority. Whenever my skin is bad, I swear it's like an extreme downer. While some people would cover it with makeup, I go back to my skincare routine. I've been eyeing the Foreo LUNA 2 ($229 CDN) for a long time. Where have you seen a silicone device that uses sonic power before? 


What is it?
The revolutionary designed LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic™ face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing. 

This device has actually changed my whole skin care routine. It's smooth, hygienic and powerful. It can put out 8,000 T-Sonic (transdermal sonic) pulsations per minute. Which sounds scary but it's very gentle. You never feel like your damaging your skin when you use it. Off topic: I once burned my skin with a brush device-  so I really appreciate how delicate this product is.

This dual-sided device on the other side is used for anti-aging and helps you absorb product into your skin. You can use the lower-frequency pulsations for this task. Within a week my skin of serums, hydration, water plus the foreo my skin was literally back to my teenage years. It was glowing!


How to use it?
1.
Apply your favourite skin care cleanser to your skin.
Wet the device and click the button once to start the cleansing mode.
2.
Glide the cleansing surface(the "brush" side) in circular motions over your skin.
This should last one minute.
3.
Rinse the product off and pat dry your face.
Apply your serum and moisturizer.
4.
Double tap the device to the Anti-Aging mode.
Press it into your wrinkle/fine line areas for one minute.

SHOP




How does it feel?
Extremely gentle on the skin.
With product it glides over the skin effortlessly.

How to clean it?
Easiest way: All you need is soap and water. To dry, pat with a towel.
Foreo also sells a Silicone Cleaning Spray which is also a great option.

Why you should get it?
It's an investment for great skin.
It also comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty and 10-Year Quality Guarantee.
Lastly one charge gives you 450 uses.