Five Minute Face- My Weekday Beauty Routine

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I am trying a new ritual in the morning- instead of rushing out of the door for the school run and work with a bare face feeling like a frazzled mum not ready to face the day, I am working on refining a five minute face so I feel good when I leave the house.

 I recently hit the drugstore for some new products to make this challenge more fun (new things are ALWAYS more fun than old things as any kid will tell you).

Here is what I am currently playing around with:

 L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow foundation– This foundation offers medium coverage and a nice dewey finish. Perfect for every day use.
Revlon Colorstay Concealer– I am prone to dark circles under my eyes and this concealer helps me look much more rested than I actually am.
Maybelline Master Contour Contour and Highlight Stick– I have lots of contouring products but this is so easy and fast it is perfect for a quick makeup routine.
essence Contour Powder– this compact contains both bronzer and highlighter to perfectly complement the stick.
Revlon Cream blush– A cream blush is super quick to apply, blends well and stays nice and fresh all day.
essence all about matt finishing compact powder–  a quick brush of this stuff makes my face stay put all day long.
Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon– Again, I have lots of brow enhancing products but this one is fast and precise to apply so it has become by daily go-to.
Covergirl  The Super Sizer Fibers mascara– Mascara is tricky for me because I don’t like waterproof but I hate smudging. After some online research, I decided to try this one out and it is pretty great!
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw– I don’t wear this colour every day but I love it and wear it whenever I can. The formula is amazing and the colour lasts for HOURS!
Writing it out, it looks like A LOT of steps but it legit takes me five minutes!
What products do you use to create a five minute face?
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Topbox Review- January 2016

This months Topbox was absolutely perfect for me! I am loving all the items I received!
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Lise Watier 24 hrs Glam Mascara – I love this mascara! The wand is lengthening and volumizing which is exactly what I need with my stubby lashes. It applies smoothly and evenly with no smudging (8ml  $24)

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Read My Lips Lipstick– This is a SUPER pigmented red lipstick with a smooth matte finish. Its really creamy and hydrating, thanks to coconut oil extract. This is one of the nicest feeling lipsticks I have ever worn and I have work A LOT of lipstick. (2g $28.94)

Bioderma Hydrabio Lait– This moisturising cleanser and makeup remover contains Aquagenium, which helps skin retain its natural moisture and ability to retain water. (250ml $21.95)

Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer– This primer assists in balancing the skins tone and texture to even out the com

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Topbox Review July 2014 – Benefit They’re Real

Topbox Review July 2014- Benefit They're Real!

It is no secret thatI love Benefit and They’re Real! is one of my all-time fave mascaras. I received the Benefit box from Topbox this month with several new products from the They’re Real! line!

They’re Real! Mascara– I adore this product. I love the way my lashed look long and super dark when I use it.

They’re Real! Push Up Liner- I am pretty terrible with eyeliner and with creating a cat’s eye look so anything that can help me out is good. This liner is a mix between a liquid liner (the tip is the same shape) but it is actually more of a gel pencil in terms of the product itself. It goes on really dark and literally doesn’t budge until you use….

They’re Real! Eye Makeup Remover- This is a necessity if you use the liner. It is creamy rather than oily and works like a charm.

Stay, Don’t Stray- This cream eye shadow base help keep shadow where you want it all day long.

Have you tried any of these products? Are you interested in them? Hit the comments!

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Loving For Summer- Revlon Colorstay Makeup

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Last week, I was invited to celebrate the Revlon Colourstay collection recently with cocktails and complimentary polish changes from the girls of Tips Nail Bar!

We were also gifted a variety of products from this celebrated collection and here is a rundown of my fave products so far!

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Colorstay Moisture Stain goes on like a gel rather than a gloss, so the texture is not sticky at all. As you wear it, the gel may be worn away but the base colour remains! Genius!

Colorstay Gel Envy colours and Diamond Top Coat– Newly launched, this duo is Revlon’s answer to a no-cure gel manicure! The colour includes base coat and the top coat is super shiny and strong! This product won’t last as long as a salon gel mani, but it will last for days and be super shiny the entire time! I picked up two colours and I NEED more!

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ColorStaty Whipped Creme Foundation is completely amazing. The texture is super light (as the name suggests) but the coverage is fantastic and paired with the concealer and  under eye concealer, there is some seriously flawless skin going on and it truly does last!!!! I wore it all day and never felt the need for a touch up! Fantastic for my confidence!

The eye pencils that I tried out are also a real hit- the Colour Skinny liquid liner has the finest point in the industry, so it is almost fool proof (I am still working on it but it was a whole lot easier than the thicker liners I have tried in the past). The Eye Liner in Jade (with built-in sharpener and smudger) was recommended by Jackie, the in-house makeup artist and as usual, she was right- the colour really made my eyes (which are not very big) stand out!

Revlon products are available in stores across North America!

 

**While I was gifted these products, as always all opinions are my own.

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Defined brows and sun kissed face with Benefit

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I had the pleasure to meet some of the lovely ladies from Benefit Canada at Spark Sessions back in November. We spoke about the importance of brows in framing the face and the fact that this was a woefully neglected part of my makeup routine. I have naturally full and nicely shaped brows, but I certainly have never made the most of them and brows are super big right now ( no pun intended) thanks to models like Cara Delevingne.

Benefit was kind enough to send me not only two fantastic brow products to try but they also included their famous Hoola bronzer and the corresponding lip gloss.
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I decided to see for myself the importance of the brows in opening up the eyes and decided to go for a bronzed healthy look, kind  of like the bushy browed supermodels of the 1980, who were considered the ideal of the time!!

I started with a clean and moisturized blank canvas. DSCF0498

After applying some CC cream and Benefit Fakeup concealer:DSCF0506

Here is the final face, using all Benefit products!!! I am SO happy with how this turned out! This was my “face” for my son’s third birthday party!

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Products Used

Eyes Brows a-go-go  (The products in this kit are used together to define both the eyes and brows. It contains both light and dark Brow Zing, Eye Bright, a brow highlighter, black eyeliner, an eyebrow brush and minitweezers)

LashesThey’re Real (OMG- I love this mascara so much)

Bronzer– Hoola Bronzing Powder  (This is the perfect bronzer because it is matte. I am not a super fan of shimmery bronzers. I need matte to help create the illusion of cheekbones!!)

BlushDandelion (This is called a brightening powder but I use it as a blush. I love the natural glow it give me!)

Lips Hoola Ultra Plush Lip Gloss (This gloss is the perfect nude gloss. Really perks my face right up and I love the texture and the smell is delish!!)

** Disclaimer: The Benefit products shown in the first picture were gifted to me but the rest of the Benefit products used were purchased by me and my opionion is 100% my own.

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Topbox Review – January 2014 (Chinese New Year Benefit Box!!!)

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BeneTint- This is the first Benefit product that I ever used and I was delighted to revisit it! I have been using it as a base underneath my lipstick or lipgloss but it also looks amazing on its own and on the cheeks. It is the perfect product to have in your bag in case you want a little face pick me up!

The POREfessional-  I have been noticing that I have been getting more visible pores recently and I had been meaning to try this product out. Perfect to diguise those little buggers under makeup.

Bad Gal Lash Mascara– I love Benefit mascaras so much. Bad Gal is super dark, very dramatic and totally spectacular due to it’s totally luxuirious full brush.

Fake Up– Loved the coverage of this under eye concealer, although it was just a sample and it was pretty thick and difficult to apply. I think the real product would be much more successful.

Total Moisture Facial Cream–  I was sceptical when I received this product as I have very sensitive skin and this moisturizer has a (nice) scent to it- not usually a good thing for me. However, I tried it and not only did it not give me a reaction, I LOVED it. It is very hydrating which is great for me during the winter, but I think it would be too much during the summer or for people with oilier skin.

What are your thoughts on Benefit? Love it or think it’s overrated? (I think that it is obvious where I stand!)

 

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Wake Up that Tired Face with Almay!

At Spark Sessions in November, I met the fantastic ladies of Almay Cosmetics. Not only did they gift us with amazing products, they also did mini make-up demos which I used as an excuse to ask about one of my biggest face issues. When I told Jackie, the make-up artist, about my trouble with hiding the dark circles under my eyes (due to too much to do and not enough sleep), she told me that I was probably using concealer that was too light. She told me (and it makes so much sense in hindsight!) that you should match the colour of your concealer with the colour of the skin under your eyes, just as you do with foundation! Yup. Pretty obvious when you really think about it. The Almay crew was kind enough to send me a product to try and I am SUPER happy with the results.

 

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The Concealer – Almay Wake-up Under eye concealer in Medium 
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Additional Almay products used!  CC Cream, Blush, Mascara ,Lip Gloss

The Final Product (before I did my hair)

The Final Product (pre hair styling!!!)

I am SO very happy with this product and because it is Almay, I know it won’t bother my sensitive skin!!!

 

** Disclaimer- The products used were gifted to me but all opinions expressed are my own. 

 

 

 

 

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Get Olivia Wilde’s Golden Globes look with Revlon

 

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Olivia Wilde looked stunning in her emerald figure hugging Gucci dress at the Golden Globes last night. Way to rock a baby bump, lady!!! She looks luminous with her smokey eye, flawless skin and nude lip. As a Brand Ambassador for Revlon, she worked with makeup artist Melanie Inglessis who said of the look  “We wanted a look that would complement the dress and be sexy and cool. We kept her skin dewy and fresh with sheer coverage. Olivia’s just gorgeous and pulls off a smoky eye like no one else, so we created a purple smoky eye that was not too overdone, or polished and finished it off with a natural lip that had a glossy finish. It really looked effortless and captured her style.”

Here are some of the products used to create this rock and roll look!

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Here is the full list of products Ms. Inglessis used!

FaceRevlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, $16.95Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in Nude, $18.95

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light (mixed with PhotoReady Makeup) and Peach Light (brushed on cheekbones), $16.95

Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched, $12.95Revlon Powder Blush in Bronzilla, $12.95

Eyes

Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Muse, $12.95

Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Muse (dark purple shade used wet as liner), $12.95

Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Eye Liner + Brightener in Carbon Cleopatra, $9.95

Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black, $9.95

Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde, $9.95

 

Lips

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Private Viewing, $12.95

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural, $9.50

 

Nails

Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Petal, $5.95


PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: All prices are reflected in Canadian dollars and available at drug and mass retailers nationwide, for more information visit www.revlon.ca

** N.B- I do not own the actor photo.

** Product photos C/O Revlon Canada

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Review- The Honest Life by Jessica Alba

imgresThe Honest Life, based on her quest to live a more natural, non toxic lifestyle, I was pretty sceptical. I had just been reading about Ms. Paltrow’s annoying new cookbook and I wanted to throw her holier than thou ass out the window. Celebrity “experts” can be incredibly irritating. However, I am familiar with Ms. Albas e-commerce website The Honest Company and have been impressed with their products and the good reviews they have received (not currently shipping to Canada unfortunately) so I decided to check the book out. Totally glad that I did!

This book is basically a crash course in things that are bad for you. Sounds pretty dire and I admit that I was a bit overwhelmed at first… as in, OMG I am feeding WHAT to my family??? The book presents the reader with an easy to understand overview of how to cut unhealthy things (in the form of toxins, chemicals etc) out of your food, home, makeup, toys etc. Ms. Alba’s goal is to present a healthy lifestyle in an “un-boring” (not beige) way and she jazzes the subject matter up with a fun layout and fantastic photographs.

She presents herself as the “anti Paltrow”- a mum who wants to do what is best for herself and her family but is admittedly not perfect. She attempts to speak to the every women while forthrightly acknowledging that she has a charmed life. She sees it as a privilege that she was able to create a line of products that she felt she could trust for use in her own home and she does plug the line quite a lot, but it only come off as mildly irritating (she give lots of other alternatives as well, which makes the book seem a lot less like an infomercial).

The book truly is a complete “lifestyle” overview – in addition to the sections about food and the home, there are sections about fashion, pregnancy style, beauty products (it’s pretty gross what is in some makeup) and even a section about decorating with recycled products (she claims that every seat in her house is from Craigslist; I seriously doubt this).

For me, the most interesting and informative section was about food. It has really gotten me thinking about the food that I eat and what I feel my son. I also found the section about baby care products interesting/horrifying and I am much more conscious about what I put next to my wee mans delicate skin now. The section about kids also includes some great tips about traveling with children and some good tips about getting your children on a sleep routine.

In the epilogue, she has included some easy reference charts as well as some great healthy recipes and even some DIY beauty products!

All in all, if you are interested in living a life with fewer additives, this book is a good jumping off point. I assure you that you will be further educating yourself on Google after you read this book.

 

 

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Topbox Review- April 2013

I love Topbox. The coustomer service is great, they are fantastic communicators and the boxes are generally amazing. This month I was one of the recipients of one of their Prive boxes- the one I received featured Elizabeth Arden product. I have never used any of their products before so I was super stoked!

The box included trial sized of:

PREVAGE Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum – The sample is a good size and goes on smooth. It left my skin feeling like a babies bum! It remains to be seen if it helps with the fine lines that seem to be popping up more and more frequently!

Flawless Finish Sponge on Cream Makeup– This makeup is actually pale enough for my skin, which is a plus! The texture is lovely but the sponge is too small to use for the applications.

Beautiful Colour Lash Enhancing Mascara– I have complained about this before about other mascaras I have received i my beauty boxes but often the sample brushes are SO tiny! This one has a nice full brush and gives my stubby lashes a nice length.

All Gone Eye and Lip Makup Remover– I love the fact that this remover is also for lips. I have recently been really into wearing heavily pigmented matte lipstick that can be a real pain to get off! This works great on eyes and lips.

 

 

 

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