Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Current Skincare Favourites

Current Summer Skincare Favourites
I've always been quite lazy with skincare but lately I've tried quite a few new products that really seem to be working for me and I've really been enjoying using them so I thought I'd share! I've struggled with acne and frequent breakouts since I was about 12 years old but right now I think my skin's looking the best it has since then! I also have combination skin - I'm oily through my T-zone but also get dry patches. 

One product I've been using for a couple of years are the Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes. I use these every single night to remove all of my makeup and they do a fantastic job! They're gentle enough to use around the eyes and they also don't break me out at all!

A more recent purchase of mine is the Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub from The Body Shop. This is a gentle exfoliant that I use on my face 3-4 times a week in the shower. I find it easier to use exfoliators like this in the shower since my whole face is wet already anyways. The tea tree line from The Body Shop is really great for acne-prone skin and this scrub has been working wonderfully for keeping any breakouts at bay.

Another product that has been helping keep my skin clear of breakouts is the Biore Blemish Fighting Astringent. I use this astringent every morning and night and it has really helped to clear up my skin! It doesn't dry my skin out and helps to clear up any breakouts and also prevent new ones from happening.

As a fair-skinned girl, sun protection is definitely something not to be overlooked. Lately I've been using this L'Oreal Ideal Moisture Day Lotion for Normal Skin with SPF 25. I use this every morning after using the Biore astringent and before applying my foundation. It's nice and hydrating without making my skin oily and also protects my face from the sun!

Two spot treatments for acne that I've been enjoying lately are the LUSH Grease Lightning and The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel. Both of these products are tea tree oil-based spot treatments that help clear up existing breakouts and are also really gentle on the skin. In the past some spot treatments I've used have caused really dry patches on the skin but neither of these do that! I really like how the one from The Body Shop is packaged as well - it's in a tube with a doe foot applicator - so it's really easy to apply it to spots! I just apply one of these to my breakouts at night before bed and they help reduce or clear up the blemish by morning!

Lastly, my current night cream. I have been using the Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal Zero Blemish Gel Cream. This, again, is an acne fighting moisturizer. This cream does have a thicker consistency so I prefer to apply this at night time. I love the feel of this on my skin, the gel cream has a wonderful smooth consistency, and it smells really fresh too! 

Have you tried any of these products before? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Products I've Used Up (#2)

Makeup Product Empties Products I've Used Up
I haven't done a "Products I've Used Up" post since June of last year so I think it's due time for another one! I've been saving these for a few months and thought I'd share my thoughts on them!

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation: I finished this foundation quite a while ago. It was good but I prefer the original Colorstay foundation still. 
Repurchase? I probably wouldn't repurchase this one.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner: This is probably my favourite conditioner. It's so moisturizing and also smells amazing! My mom and sister love this conditioner too so I think it'll always be a staple in our household! 
Repurchase? Yes!

L'Oreal Color Radiance Detangling Spray: I've gone through 2 bottles of this detangler and I really enjoy it. I have thick and tangly hair and this makes brushing through it when it's wet so, so easy. I just spray it all over my hair after I wash it and I can get a brush through it so much easier.
Repurchase? I've been looking for it but I think it's been discontinued! I would stock up on it if I ever find it again though.

TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray: I've been using this heat protectant on and off for years. I really like how fine of a mist it sprays so I can easily spray it all throughout my hair without soaking my hair.
Repurchase? Probably!

Kirkland Daily Facial Towlettes: These have been pretty much the only makeup wipes I've been using for over a year. I use one of these wipes every night and it removes all of my makeup. I really love these!
Repurchase? Always!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: I got these in a Simple kit I bought a while ago. I found them too unsaturated to remove all of my makeup so what I ended up using these for is removing swatches from my hands/arms whenever I swatched products for my blog photos! 
Repurchase? No

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Medium & Brunettes: I love Batiste Dry Shampoo. I like to wash my hair every other day and this helps keep my hair looking clean on the off days! I didn't find this to really have a tint to be more "brunette" than the original Batiste Dry Shampoos but it still worked well.
Repurchase? I already have!

ELF Wet Gloss Brow & Clear Mascara: This is a double-ended clear brow gel and clear mascara and I just use both sides for setting my brows! I find the formula to be the same on both sides, the only difference being slightly different shaped wands. I have quite unruly brows and this gel keeps them in place all day! And the best part? It's only $1!
Repurchase? Yes!

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation: I love this foundation. It has fantastic coverage, it has great staying power, and it has SPF 20! I feel like this is a foundation I'll continue using for years.
Repurchase? Already have!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation: This is my holy grail foundation. I'll always have a bottle of this in my makeup stash at all times. It has great coverage and amazing staying power. Lately I've enjoyed combining it with the Covergirl 3 in 1 foundation and that's been working great for me!
Repurchase? Already have!

Biore Blemish Fighting Astringent: I use this astringent every morning and night and it has really helped my skin out. I was using a Clean & Clear astringent for literally over 6 years before trying this one and I'm so glad I started using this Biore one because it has made such a difference.
Repurchase? Already have!

Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Creamy Body Wash: I bought this during the last semi-annual sale and finally got around to using it up! I really liked it! The scent was nice but not overpowering and it lathered really nicely as well.
Repurchase? Maybe!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in White On / Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish in Black Satin: I didn't technically use up these polishes but they were running low and starting to get goopy. These are my black and white nail polishes of choice and use them whenever I use black and white in my nail art too! They are both really rich and opaque and apply really nicely!
Repurchase? I already have repurchased both!

Have you ever tried any of the products I mentioned above? What did you think of them?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Blog Design!

I was playing around in Adobe Illustrator the other night and ended up making a little illustration of myself that I thought would be cute to incorporate into a new blog header! I really love how it came out and it was a lot of fun to make! I'd love to know what you guys think of it so let me know in the comments below!

(Also, happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians out there!!)

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Favourites 2014

June Beauty Favourites 2014 June Beauty Favourites 2014

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge / I've always been a fan of dense synthetic brushes to apply my foundation, so I was really surprised when I tried out this makeup sponge and ended up loving it! It applies my foundation so smoothly and evenly and I find application is quicker when I use this too! If you haven't tried this sponge you need to! (Review)

L'Oreal Ideal Moisture Day Lotion for Normal Skin SPF 25 / For the summer I wanted to get a new daily facial moisturizer that had an SPF. The foundation I often use (Covergirl 3 in 1) has SPF 20 but I wanted the added sun protection of a moisturizer as well. I picked this one up on a whim and I'm really enjoying it. It doesn't affect the wear time or application of my foundation on top of it and my face hasn't gotten sunburnt at all since buying it, so it must be working!

MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Lorelei / This eyeshadow has been perfect for creating beautiful golden summery eye looks. It's such a beautiful peachy gold shadow, and the packaging is amazing too! (Review)

Essie Too Taboo / I bought this nail polish this month and it has been on my toes since. It's such a perfect pedicure colour! It's a beautiful bright purpley-pink that is unlike anything else in my nail polish collection and I absolutely love it!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 01 Light Matte / This is the star of this post in my eyes. I bought this bronzer when I saw it was on sale for 50% off at The Body Shop after wanting to try it for a while. I am so, so glad to finally have this bronzer in my life. It is by far my favourite bronzer I've ever used. It's so smooth and applies and blends so nicely. It's also the perfect light shade for my fair complexion! If you're a pale girl like myself you need to try this bronzer!!

MAC Blush in Cheeky Bugger / I picked up this blush from the MAC Osbournes collection that was released this month and it has pretty much been my daily blush since! It's a beautiful peachy shade that goes so well with any makeup look. (Swatches)

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick in Just Peachy / I've owned this lipstick for a while and for some reason I had it in my mind that I didn't like how it looked on me so I never ever wore it. Well I pulled it out again this month and I've been loving it! It's a matte peach that works great with most eye looks! These lipsticks are so long-wearing too!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer / I finally gave into the hype and picked up this concealer. I've been using it for a couple of months and I'm enjoying it! It's not too heavy of a concealer for the under eye area which is nice. I don't have too bad of dark circles so this does a good job concealing the little bit of darkness I have under my eyes.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Perversion / My Stila Stay All Day liquid liner was running low so I picked up this liner a few months ago. It took me a while to get used to it but I have really been enjoying it! Application is really easy and it's super black! I can really easily create winged liner with this too, which I do daily. It's really long wearing and doesn't fade or smudge at all throughout the day!

The Fault In Our Stars / This is a little honourable mention/non-beauty favourite that I had to throw in here. TFIOS has been my favourite book since I first read it when it was released in 2012 and the movie came out this month!! I saw the movie the night before at a 'The Night Before Our Stars' event and it was so, so good. I've seen the movie 2 more times since then and I can't get over how great the movie is. If you haven't read the book - read it; and if you haven't seen the movie - see it!

What were some of your favourite products this month? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks + The New Black Glimmer Twins Duo

TSC The Shopping Channel Haul Swatches Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Bellissima The New Black Nail Polish
A couple of weeks ago I got an email from the FLARE Magazine email list and inside included a $50 gift card for The Shopping Channel website! I thought there must be some sort of catch but after browsing the site, filling my cart, and entering the coupon code, my grand total went from $48.24 to $0.00! I thought I'd share with you all what I ordered!

TSC The Shopping Channel Haul Swatches Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Bellissima The New Black Nail Polish
I got a nail polish duo from The New Black called Glimmer Twins in the Black Ice shade and it included a black cream polish and a silver glitter in a black base. I applied 2 coats of each polish in the swatches abover, and in the third swatch I applied 1 coat of the glitter over 2 coats of the black cream!

TSC The Shopping Channel Haul Swatches Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Bellissima The New Black Nail Polish TSC The Shopping Channel Haul Swatches Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Bellissima The New Black Nail Polish TSC The Shopping Channel Haul Swatches Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Bellissima The New Black Nail Polish
Now, for the thing I was really excited about! On the website they were selling a set of 2 full-size Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks for only $39.99 (they retail for $29.00/ea.)! It came with the shades Bellissima, a pale nude peachy pink, and Beso, a true bright red. These apply with a doe-foot applicator and set to a completely matte finish. I'm a big fan of matte lips and I'm loving these so far! They remind me a lot of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (which I love) and they have a similar sweet scent to them too! Also, as their name states, they're super long wearing which makes them even better!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Love & Beauty Forever 21 Sun Kissed Eye Palette

Love & Beauty Forever 21 Sun Kissed Eye Palette Review Swatches Love & Beauty Forever 21 Sun Kissed Eye Palette Review Swatches Love & Beauty Forever 21 Sun Kissed Eye Palette Review Swatches Love & Beauty Forever 21 Sun Kissed Eye Palette Review Swatches
In a recent order from Forever 21's website I decided to order one of their eye shadow palettes simply just because I was curious to see how good quality they would be. I ordered the Sun Kissed palette for only $7.80 which is such a great bargain for a palette. The palette is in cardboard packaging and has magnetic closure. It also has a mirror inside. The palette is almost identical in shape/size to Stila's In The Moment palette.

The palette includes 10 shimmery neutral eye shadows. There's a good range of shades in this palette with light to dark colours as well as warm and cool toned neutrals. When I swatched them I was so pleasantly surprised! I swatched them over no primer or base and they all swatched beautifully. Some were a little powdery but overall I was super impressed! They all applied very smoothly and were very nicely pigmented. There wasn't really a dud shade in the palette! The only thing I wish this palette had were a couple of matte shades. But I have plenty of matte shadows in my collection that I can wear with this palette to create more contrast in texture. 

If you're on a budget and looking for a new neutral summer palette I'd really suggest checking this one out!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review So I finally got my hands on the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge! I love the few brushes I have from Real Techniques and after hearing a few rave reviews of this sponge I thought I'd try it out! Real Techniques now offers international shipping on their website and shipping for this sponge was under $2 which was really great. This sponge is similar to other beauty sponges in that you dampen them, they grow in size, and then you use them to apply your foundation or other cream/liquid products. I've never tried the Beauty Blender, but I have tried various cheap "knock-offs" of it but have never been super impressed.

This sponge is much softer than other sponges I have tried in the past. I used the flat side to pick up and apply foundation all over my skin and used the pointed corner to get the foundation into harder to reach areas. I then used the flat edge again to blend out my under eye concealer and it worked beautifully. This sponge gives me a lighter application of foundation than what my usual buffing brush would, but I found to really like that for the hot summer weather lately. It feels nice to have a more lightweight feel on my face but the coverage is still there!

Overall if you're looking to try out a makeup sponge but don't want to spend $20+ on a Beauty Blender I'd highly recommend trying this one out! You can get it for $6 on the Real Techniques website!