Friday, April 28, 2017
You know what makes finding a great new makeup item even better? When it's dirt cheap! This is why I'm dancing with glee after discovering these (new to me) Essence lipsticks.
Essence is an American drugstore cosmetics brand that's still kinda under the radar in Canada. You can get them primarily at Shoppers Drug Mart, online, and recently via Ulta.
Essence is known for its extremely affordable, fun, and beginner-friendly makeup. I've tried a few Essence items before, but my favourite Essence products by far are their lipsticks.
Recently, Essence was kind enough to send over 5 different lipsticks for me to try, from the Matt Matt Matt, Longlasting and Sheer & Shine lines.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I've been mulling over this idea of doing makeup looks inspired by songs for awhile, but the thing holding me up with finding the right song to use for my first look! As soon as I stumbled across Rn'B singer H.E.R on Spotify though, I knew I had my inspiration.
I grew up in the 90's so you know that I love me a good smooth jam and H.E.R's debut album is full of honey-smooth anthems. Her songs run the gamut of emotions in a relationship: love, lust, doubt, yearning and the type of powerful confidence unique to women everywhere.
For this look, there was never any question of not doing a smoky eye. I wanted this look to be sexy, soft and perfect for making dreamy bedroom eyes that say "come get me."
Monday, April 24, 2017
I love trying out serums as unlike many other products, you can usually tell a difference with your skin right away! If you've never tried a serum before, then I highly recommend getting into them. They're a super-concentrated version of a moisturizer that's targeted to penetrate deeper than a moisturizer and provide long-lasting benefits.
Lately I've been using mainly oil-based serums, but my new favourite right now is this gel-based one from Dr. Roebuck. This Aussie brand is known for their capsule collection of pure, effective skincare that is eco-friendly and inspired by the best ingredients in nature. I haven't tried too many products from the range, but I was very impressed by the instant results I achieved after using this serum just a couple of times.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Woohoo! Spring is finally returning. Flowers are blooming, the sakura are peeking their pink heads out and we're beginning to dry out from the winter. What I'm most excited about though is the change in the air as that will facilitate my skin changing!
As I'm sure you're sick of hearing, this past winter threw my skin for a loop. Winters are always hard on my skin and especially this one. My skin was super dry and if I wanted to wear anything more than a tinted moisturizer, my skin would just go "nope nope nope!"
Thankfully, I seem to be turning a corner. I've been masking multiple times a week, I switched to a gentler exfoliation routine, added in some better oils and essences to my daily routine and I've been drinking loads more water.
One of the only foundations my skin seemed to be able to tolerate during this bad period was the Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation. I'm totally new to Shiseido foundations, so I didn't know what to expect, but I'm super happy that this was gifted to me!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
It's one of the most wonderful times of year - Sephora VIB sale time! For just 1 week (or less, depending on your membership level), everything at Sephora is 15% off. Sephora only has these sales for their loyal shoppers a couple of times a year and it's 100% the reason why I haven't saved enough to retire yet.
As with most times, I'm always scrambling last minute to think about what to buy. I really should download the Sephora app, so then I can just add things to my shopping list as I go as I'm constantly thinking to myself "I want this" when I see something shiny and pretty on a blog or Instagram.
Read on to see what items I've narrowed my cart to so far:
Monday, April 17, 2017
One of the biggest tips I have for anyone who wants to maintain their skin, is to exfoliate. Your skin is continuously bombarded with pollution, sweat, dirt and just plain ol' dead skin cells and your regular cleanser just gets the surface. To truly make your fancy skin treatments effective and to ensure a youthful glow and clear complexion, exfoliation is a must - provided you do it right.
Once you get into exfoliation, it's easy to go overboard. Trust me I've been there and all of sudden you'll be facing skin that's going into full on rebellion! When I entered my 30's, I hit such a period and suddenly my skin wasn't as tough as it was and unable to handle as strong an exfoliation as previously.
To fix that, I started to get into chemical exfoliation, which can be gentler for sensitive skin. The latest one I've had on rotation is the famous Pixi Glow Tonic.
Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Lipstick Review | What better way to celebrate Easter long weekend than with new lippies?
Friday, April 14, 2017
Are you all sick of lipstick posts lately? I'm sorry if I've been boring you lately with so many lipstick themed posts. Is it possible that my lipstick obsession is WORSE than my neutral eyeshadow obsession? Hey, we all have our vices. Check your judgment at the door.
Anyways, happy Easter long weekend! I'm not religious, so Easter for me always meant ham dinners, chocolate eggs, bunnies and new spring shopping. I let myself buy 1 pair of shoes per season and I've already bought my new spring shoes, a pair of slip-on black flat mules with a metallic gold heel, and to match them, I picked up a couple of spring toned lipsticks!
The Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes came out late last year I believe and are a line of creamy, matte-finish lipsticks. Yeah yeah, been there done that right, but these aren't your old-school mattes. These are 2017 mattes, which means a more hydrating finish with a velvety finish for a softer, more wearable look than the super mattes of the last couple years.