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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Body Dream Team

I am not the kind of girl to mix beauty products together. Actually I pride myself on using no fuss products that are easy to use, but also work well.  But every now and then there are products that work so well together that the extra effort is totally worth the results.  Let’s talk about my moisturizing dream team shall we?

I always have a rotation of two body “moisturizers” on hand.  The first moisturizer is my everyday basic body lotion/cream. The second moisturizer is always an oil which I use on days my skin needs extra hydration.  Basic and easy routine, right?

Things got crazy the other week… this post is turning into a ramble!
Basically things got crazy when I noticed my dry skin on my arm needed extra love and mixed The Body Shops Shea Body Butter with the NUXE Oil Prodigieuse together. While the both work well alone, holy crap there was a noticeable difference using them combined.

 Lets just take a moment and talk about the scent both of these products smell freaken amazing. But together honestly its an out of this world experience. I would describe the two combined as relaxing yet warm. Kind of like shea butter meets vanilla and kind of floral too. Yet the scent is not over powering in the slightest. Makes me wish that was a perfume it works so well. 

The true beauty about this dream team is the hydration. I've never tried anything that came close to moisturizing like this. Both products have amazing ingredients so theres no surprise when combined results are astonishing. I do have to admit application isn't that strenuous either... even for my lazy girl approach to makeup.  All I do is add a few drops of the oil to a handful of Shea Butter and apply. 

So while I love easy one step products I do have to say that sometimes maybe the more steps the better... at least in the body dream team scenario anyway.    
Hmmm... I wonder was other great oil, body moisturizer combinations there are? 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Essie Blanc

I am back in here with this tidbit of information you know what doesn’t go well with moving? Nail polish! Needless to say between packing to unpacking I haven’t painted my nails in weeks. So which colour have I been lusting? Essie Blanc.

I actually forgot how much I loved white nail polish. Years and years ago I went through a white nail polish stage.  Since then I have not owned a single bottle. Random fact but a true fact!

 Here’s the thing about white nail polish they’re summery yet it match with every outfit imaginable. White polishes also have  the added bonus of making your skin looking tanned even though it might not be. Honestly some Essie polishes can be hits or misses but I would definitely say Blanc is a hit.  Blanc is opaque, non-streaky and an overall pleasure to apply.

If you want to get on the white nail polish trend Essie’s Blanc is an amazing to try!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Expensive But Worth It

Dare I say it? Over the past few years’ drug store makeup has improved both in quality and in innovation. However, there are those gems in the department store that no matter what I’ve tired nothing seems to compare. So while some there might fancy a luxe mascara or high end foundation here are my 3 luxuries worth the price tag.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir
I love this scent. This heady scent is truly an original because it falls somewhere between the line of masculine and feminine. Yes this smells like pomegranate but there something (maybe the patchouli?) that make it smell so darn remarkable.  Non dupable and well-loved Pomegranate Noir is pricy but worth it.

Bobbi Brown Corrector
There are a couple things about being fair unless your pale you wouldn’t understand.
1.       Why are all pale foundations so pink?
2.       People just assume you were a fan of Twilight series
3.        Pale skin usually means a colony of purple veins live around your eye area.
It is these pesky veins that constantly make me look sleepy and overall just dive me nuts. Eventually my journey’s lead me to the Bobbi Brown Corrector.  Unlike anything else I’ve tried the pinkish concealer is perfect at neutralizing my veins. In addition the little pot lasts forever and while the texture is thick it’s not cakey what so ever.  While there are tons of correctors on the market nothing beats the Bobbi Brown corrector.

Guerlain Shine Automatique in Rose Pompon
This lipstick is so expensive but if I had to pick a lipstick to wear everyday this would be it. Right down to the handy packaging, the sheer wash of colour, the moisturising qualities and the very flattering colour this particular lipstick has got it going on. Rose Pompon is a sheer pinkish plum with just happens to go with every look imaginable. Basically I  love this lipstick and don’t think I could be without it! 

What are you expensive but worth it products? Leave me a comment!




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sigma Brushes

Beauty Blogs and Sigma brush reviews go together like peanut butter and jelly. Years ago I actually bought a brush set from Sigma. Like I am talking way back when, before the Sigmax line and before the “new” numbering system occurred. While I still use this brushes daily and peruse the Sigma website frequently the darn shipping costs always stops any further purchases. 
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Obsessed Look to try out a couple of Sigma makeup brushes. Obsessed Look carries a number of amazing brands but the best part is Sigma Brushes ship for free within Canada!

E25 Blending Brush
When offered two brushes from Sigma the E25 was my first pick. I have always wanted to try this brush to compare it with the cult classic MAC 217. So how does it compare? Firstly the shape is very similar sort of flat sort of fluffy.  No lie thou… the bristles seem angel hair soft in comparison to the MAC.
But disregard the whole MAC comparison the Sigma E25 is a great stand-alone brush.  The E25 is multifunctional in packing on eye shadow, defining the crease and at blending out harsh edges. In my humble option this kind of brush is essential to any makeup lover’s makeup bag.   

E40 Tapered Blending 
My second choice was the E40 which is a blending brush. In comparison to other blending brushes I own the E40 seems to be a smidgen longer and less rounded. The shape is pretty darn awesome because it allows you to really work in product into your crease. I’m not going to lie I was a sceptical about this because it was slightly difference but I am a fan.
Pared with a shadowy brown this can give you those huge hooded eye you’ve always dreamed of.
Betty Davis anyone? Yes please!

You can find more information on these brush’s here.  
Yes you heard right Sigma Brushes ship for free from Obsessed Look.
Have you tried any sigma brushes? What do you recommend?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Packing

Yes the weekend before our move and to say the least things have been pretty hectic. From furniture shopping, to scheduling deliveries and oblivious boxing things up I am feeling stressed and exhausted. So where does a stressed out beauty obsessed girl like myself go to seek comforting? Straight to the vanity of course! Three things that have made my day a little more enjoyable.

Reve de Miel

My lips are do darn dry! I’m not sure what been going on with them but the constant feeling of burning lips had been driving me bananas. To combat the persistent dryness I have had my pot of Reve De Miel with me. I love this lip balm and while I usually use it as an overnight treatment its great for daily use for try lips too!

Aveda Beautifying Composition Oil

While I have packed most of my bathroom I had to leave this little gem. The scent of this it self makes me feel like I’m being transported to a spa. Such a little luxury but the aromatherapy qualities have me feeling a little more tranquil. Plus a couple of drops into my bath tonight is a treat I am looking forward too!

THEFACESHOP Special Care Hand Mask
On the top of my list of things to try at THEFACESHOP is this hand mask. It smells good (like apricots) and does a great job at moisturizing your hands. Application is simple just put the gloves on and wait 20 min before taking them off. Your hands after feel way softer and super hydrated. Who knew boxes can dry the heck out of your hands?
Best part about this very effective hand mask is it’s only $3.00!


Well back to the packing I go! I want to just give you the heads up I do have another post lined up for you but because of moving and that sort of stuff (internet) I am not sure if there will be any posts next weekend. I hope all of you have had a excellent weekend and thank you for reading!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

La Vanilla Healthy Deodorant

 I’ve been blogging for a year and I feel safe enough to say we are all friends here. So ladies today we are going to tackle the arm pit. Yup ladies today we are talking about deodorant! Not about any deodorant but La Vanilla’s Pure Vanilla deodorant. 


I converted to natural deodorant’s years ago a part of me wanted to steer clear of the harsh chemicals but the bottom line is my pits are sensitive. Did I just really say that? I don’t consider myself a sweaty person but so many of them never worked. Reading an online review about La Vanilla’s Healthy deodorant inspired me to give the brand a whirl. 


Three years later I am still loyal to the La Vanilla brand. From the first time I smelt Pure Vanilla I knew it would be the right one for me. While it still smells like traditional vanilla there’s something a little more to it than your average vanilla scent. As for the performance all the natural deodorants I’ve tried have been stinky to say the least. Honesty the La Vanilla is the only natural deodorant I’ve ever tried that works!  For everyday use I should mention. If I know I’m going to the gym or doing any sort of crazy activity like that I wear regular deodorant. What I like about this the most besides the scent is just how gentle is it. While other deodorants cause me irritation this one feels soothing almost cooling actually.

ps: this is a new tube

If you’re someone who has sensitive arm pits or if you want to switch to a natural deodorant this one is well worth the try. Did I just write a whole post about deodorant? Do you have a favorite natural deodorant? Leave me a message.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Keeping things cool

 I love the heat but I hate the humidity. For me it’s a double edged sword because high humidity means my eczema disappears which I love.  On the other hand I hate the consistent feeling of being damp and the thick hot air. It honestly feels gross… humidity feels gross. So trying to keep things light and breezy here are my favorite products on hot muggy days.



Evian Mineral Water Spray

This is like a portable air conditioning unit! Unfortunately it’s only temporary but a quick squirt of this feels so refreshing. If I know I’m going to be outside on a hot day I always bring one of these with me.

Aerosol water might sound crazy but there is a good reason why so many people bring these to festivals and outdoor concerts this really works.



Clarins UV+HP

I would say 99% of SPF’s feel sticky on the skin especially high SPF’s. Between you and me sticky in combination with humidity just feels unclean. Clarins UV+HP SPF 40 sunscreen is so light weight it feels like nothing on the skin. This oil free formula is suitable for all skin types so it’s perfect for oily skin too! I know I’ve been including in every chance I can talk about SPF but it is just that good. I even light how small and compact the bottle is. I will stop rambling … on to the next!



Tint your moisturizer

Not only can foundation look horrible on a hot day but it can also feel heavy too. I don’t have a tinted moisturizer that suits my pale skin at the moment. So what is one to do? Add a drop of foundation to your moisturizer! Actually there is an even easier way to go about this… dot foundation where you need it and dot moisturizer on the places you don’t then get a duo fiber brush and blend. This method is less messy but gives the same results. 
On a side note I like the NARS Sheer Glow paired with my NUXE moisturizer. I find it less finicky and more moisturizing! 


Sunglasses

This isn’t really a beauty tip it’s more like a cheat. Humidity can do a number on eye shadows, mascara’s and eyeliners. To avoid panda eyes at all costs I skip all eye makeup and put on a pair of sunglasses. Plus if I’m outside I wear sunglasses so no one sees my eyes anyway.


Tinted Lip Balm

Anyone will do really! One that I come back to every summer is the Baby Lips in Cherry Red is always a go to because while it adds a sheer wash of colour it also easy to just whip on. 
I love Baby Lips to there affordable, easy to use and come in a variety of fun colours.