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    Serums…what are they and do I need one?

    I received such great feedback on my last post that I decided to write another one highlighting another product I believe is fundamental to achieving a flawless ( or darn close to one) complexion. I introduce to you , the world of serums. 

    What is a serum?

    A Serum can be applied to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. Serums are made up of smaller molecules so a well formulated serum delivers loads of powerful active ingredients directly into your skin. They literally have one job and that’s to penetrate into the outer layer of your skin to deliver these active ingredients. I like to think of a serums like boosters for your skin. Yes, of course you can do without one and you’ll be fine, but after knowing the benefits of using a serum, why would you skip it? It literally elevates your skincare regime to supreme status!

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    Exfoliating Toners…what are they and do I need one?

    New Year, New skin? Possibly!

    Have you heard of Exfoliating toners or Acid Toners as they are sometimes referred to? If you’re not using one trust me, you’re missing out on the multitude of benefits.

    First off, I wanted to write this post specifically on this topic as I was speaking to one of my girlfriends, whom I adore deeply, but would not allow me to use her name on my blog so we will use an alias and call her “Sheera” ( sorry, but you should have let me use your real name!)

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    BYE BYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL : New Makeup + Skincare

    I can’t believe we are saying goodbye to the blazing heat in Ottawa and shifting our thoughts to PSL, pumpkin pies and riding boots! Fall is on the horizon and I am not sure how I feel about that, however, since your an avid reader of my blog you probably already know how much I look forward to switching up my makeup and skincare products with each season.  Fall 2018 is the season I amp up my skincare and become more adventurous with my makeup looks! Here are the Fall products I’m loving and living for!

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    Skincare for me is so essential. I have friends that don’t use any skincare and I’m shocked and ask myself :

    #1 – how are we friends again?  and

    #2 – so you like aging rapidly?

    Nope sorry. Not I.

    I am a strong believer that skincare can and will help you slow down the aging process ( of course eating healthy, drinking  loads of water , minimizing stress also help 🙂 ).

    This is why I religiously wash, exfoliate, serum and moisturize every morning and night!

    I was happy to receive the Rodial Dragons Blood Micellar cleansing water and Dragon’s Blood essence mist to help me NOT age rapidly 🙂. I’m a huge fan of this brand because they use innovative ingredients in their products that actually work great together to deliver results.

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    The cleansing water contains

    Rose water to cleanse and refresh skin,

    Vitamin b3 to helps brighten skin,

    and

    Hyalronic acid to lock in hydration while preventing moisture loss while helping plump up the skin.

    This is now the first step in my morning and night routine, I dampen a cotton pad and wipe off my makeup. I like to use another cotton pad soaked in the cleansing water a second time to ensure everything is removed. I’m just paranoid like this! Give this a try if your looking

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    The Dragons blood essence mist is a triple threat. It can be used as

    Makeup Primer,

    Setting Spray,

    Serum substitute

    Truthfully, I use this mist as a setting spray only and I love it! I love how with one pump I get so much mist and it absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves it really refreshed, glow-y , and helps my makeup stay. On really hot days when I’ve worn makeup I’ve spray the essence mist on to freshen up my look. I love his spray. I didn’t know that it comes in a mini size, but now that I do know this I’ll be buying it in mini so I can carry it around in my makeup bag this Fall.

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    “Born This Way” medium to full coverage foundation from Too Faced is the fist product I’ve tried from this brand. I didn’t really know what to expect because all the reviews have been amazing for this foundation, but of course I needed to form my own opinion.

    Day 1 wearing this foundation wasn’t the greatest experience. I felt it oxidized rather quickly and by the time I got home that day it didn’t look like I had any foundation on. My face looked rather dull.  I instantly regretted buying it, but I said I would have another go at it as almost everyone I know has loved it from the get-go!

    Day 2 was better. I realized on Day 2 that on Day 1 wasn’t wearing any of  my usual skincare ( testing out some PR products) and the products did NOTHING for my skin and made my skin look really dull, dry and just plain gross! If your skin prep is off even using a foundation made with the tears of the last unicorn wouldn’t make your skin look good!

     Day 3 I realized why I didn’t like the foundation as much as I thought I would. I wasn’t pumping enough foundation onto my brush. 2 pumps of the “Born This Way” foundation was not enough for my liking so I tried 3.5 pumps and VOILA, it was magic! Thank god this product is buildable. After trial and error I finally found the right ratio of pumps for my liking and I have to say I am IN LOVE with this foundation. It covered imperfections beautifully and gave me a semi – matte look. I just hope going into the colder months it holds up!

     

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                                                My skin in natural light wearing “Born This Way” Too Faced foundation.

    Esqido is a brand that I was introduced to this year when they sent me their best selling lashes to experiment with. You can read my thoughts on the lashes  here.

    They recently sent me their new gel liners in brown and black . Esqido gel liners are no joke folks ! They are

    long lasting.

    glide smoothly,

     have great colour payoff,

    and

    formulated without latex,sulphates and parabens.

    The liners have a twist dispenser and a precision sharpener.

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    I’m a big fan of lining the inner eyelids and sometimes I find that some eyeliners don’t glide on smoothly in that area so I end up tugging a bit on the lid to ensure I get the liner in place, but with the Esqido liners there was no need to tug as the liner glided on effortlessly! The black liner is really a rich black and you can create a long lasting cat eye with minimum effort.

    I used to be obsessed with the MAC lip liners. Soar was my absolute favourite as it matched all my lipsticks. I was never crazy about paying $22 for a lip liner but I did anyway because there wasn’t any other product I liked more until I started using the NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners! I FREAKING love them ! I’m sure I’ve blogged about them before but I wanted to reiterate in this post how amazing these $6 lip liners are.

    Going into Fall, matte shades are a must for me so I picked up Dainty Daze ( shown below) and KYOTO. I like to line my lips first and then shade the top and lower lip with the liner, then apply the lipstick. I find it lasts longer and deepens the colour of the lipstick. For $6 you cannot go wrong with this amazing liner!

     

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    I don’t usually talk about hair care on the blog,  but I really should as I get asked all the time what I use on my curly, and unruly hair!

    If there is one product I can’t live without to tame my hair it would have to be the Kérastase Nutritive K Oléo-Relax serum ( some people call it an oil but I don’t like to call it that).I have been using this serum for years and years. It’s an amazing product that can be used on your hair wet or dry, curly or straight , frizz or no frizz. It can be used to add shine to your hair or use it for it’s original purpose which is to control frizz.

    I have repurchased this product at least 4 times and lasts me about a year. I only use one or two pumps depending on the length of my hair at that time. When I wear my hair curly , I apply the serum to my wet hair before applying any styling products. When I wear my hair straight, I apply one pump before and after styling.  This is my HG for taming my frizz! I know it carries a steep price ( $45 ) but it is well worth it for me as it lasts me a whole year!

     

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    6 Tricks to Wake Up Tired and Dull Looking Skin Instantly !

    We all have had those days where we’ve missed a few hours of sleep or ate super fatty foods the night before and it shows on our face the next morning or during the day your face just looses it’s glow and starts to look tired and dull.  It’s really nothing earth shattering but super annoying right? No one wants to look puffy or lack luster when it can be minimized or avoided completely.

    Here are 6 tricks that can have an immense impact on help banish tired, dull skin days and blemishes.

    Face Mist the day away

    I always carry a face mist with me at all times. Throughout the day when I feel like my face is looking dull and I just need a refresher, I take it out of my bag and it saves the day.

    Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist 4 oz/ 118 mL

    Reapply tinted moisturizer

    A MUA friend of mine gave me this little piece of advice , which he received from his MUA BFF who works on the set of a reality show ( he said it was a super covert operation so he couldn’t name the reality show…OMG), but he suggests to apply tinted moisturizer with SPF on top of your makeup throughout the day , if your skin needs a refresher without having to reapply foundation. You can easily use your fingers to rub the tinted moisturizer in to relieve you from any dry patches you may have.

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    Exfoliate the dead skin away

    Gently Exfoliating every day or every other day will shed away all the dead skin and leave you with skin that reflects more light and looks healthier and brighter. Exfoliating is key to having better skin days.

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    Go super thick with your moisturizer

    Choosing a super thick moisturizer will awaken your soul! Ok that’s a bit of a stretch but I love love a good super thick moisturizer to freshen up my complexion, especially if I’ve had a sleepless night. A thick moisturizer does take a bit more time to absorb into the skin, but, it’s well wroth the extra minute or two. Along with super long lasting hydration, some ultra thick moisturizer will give you added firmness to your skin.

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    Add glow boosting ingredients such as a concentrated Vitamin C product to your routine

    By adding aVitamin C to your skin care routine you’re taking preventive measures to protect your skin from sun damage and giving your skin anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. I find when I started giving my skin a daily boost of Vitamin C in the morning, I saw clearer skin and a more radiant complexion. Now be careful, not all topical Vitamin C products are created equally so do your research.

     

    https://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/130640/aesthetic-dermatology/beauty-sleep-sleep-deprivation-and-skin

    Sleep, Sleep and More Sleep!

    Now I know you’ve heard this before, BUT, a good nights rest is super essential and contributes to healthy, radiant and blemish free skin. It’s not jibber jabber, it’s a fact!

    According to Dr. Lily Talakoub:

    “The reduction of sleep time affects the composition and integrity of the skin. Sleep deprivation increases glucocorticoid production. The elevation of cortisol inhibits fibroblast function and increases matrix metalloproteinases (collagenase, gelatinase). Matrix metalloproteinases accelerate collagen and elastin breakdown, which is essential to skin integrity, and hastens the aging process by increasing wrinkles, decreasing skin thickness, inhibiting growth factors, and decreasing skin elasticity.” *

    XO, MAHA

     

    *https://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/130640/aesthetic-dermatology/beauty-sleep-sleep-deprivation-and-skin

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    Do you belif™ in REALLY hydrated skin this winter?

    This winter has been harsh to us in Canada! I believe we broke a few records in December. December 28 Ottawa was the coldest capital in the world!

    How is this possible? 

    I can definitely see the the damage the cold weather has done on my hair, my nails and most of all my skin. It’s become so absurdly dry that I’ve decided to shake up my skincare regime and get my skin back to healthy!

    I’ve introduced the belif™skincare system to my day to day routine . For those who are unfamiliar with belif™, they are a Korean skincare brand that combines modern science with herbal traditions. The results are amazing products that help nourish and heal the skin, fast! Read more

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    PIXI BEAUTY LOVE!

    Pixi Beauty Product photo

    I’ve discussed Pixi Beauty on my blog before , but I wanted to dedicate another post to them because #1 I love their products  and #2 they are against animal testing, and I’m trying to make a conscious effort to feature more brands in this category!  I have highlighted a few of their products that I’m currently using and loving in this post.

    The Geltint & Silkgloss set were sent to me as a PR sample by Pixi ( #thankful). I threw one of them in my gym bag, the other in my work bag and the other is on my desk in my office, you know in case I want to freshen’ up at some time during one of my late night blogging sessions!

    One side of the stick is the Tint and the other side is the Gloss. The tint is so subtle and adds a nice dose of color to your lips. , I found the tint somewhat hydrating but not too much. The gloss adds more hydration and compliments the tint. The gloss is not sticky and fragrance free. As both products deliver a light dose of colour to the lips, they are totally buildable and can be worn during the day or night if you prefer for a polished look.

    Peel & polish is also another PR sample from Pixi. This enzyme peel can be used 2-3 times a week to help you reveal smoother more radiant looking skin.  It  will polish away all dry skin cells and impurities that have built up on your skin. The peel is made with natural fruit enzymes that help exfoliate  the skin in a very gentle manner.

    I think the one product most people are curious about when I bring up Pixi is the glow tonic. For those who haven’t tried it yet ( not sure what your waiting for), it’s a glycolic acid toner that exfoliates and purifies the skin for a more radiant complexion. I use it every other night before I apply my night moisturizer, but it’s safe to use everyday. Love this stuff!

    Pixi collaborated with 4 amazing beauty and lifestyle influencers. First up is their collaboration with influencer Maryam Maquillage. She’s such a doll and I always admired her so when the two teamed up I was so excited to see what the collaboration would be. Of course it’s the very popular Glow & Bronze palette. The highlighters are very wearable and more on the natural side which I adore! It’s very versatile and used it everyday this past Summer to add a sun kissed glow to my face.

    Pixi also has a collaboration with influencer Aspynovard. Together they created a set of highlighters and  blush .I own Rome Rose blush. It’s the perfect peachy shimmery blush that I also wore the majority of the Summer. It really gives a natural flushed look to your skin. As much as I layered the blush I never felt it was overdone and blends beautifully on the skin.

    The last product I own is from influencer Judy from ” It’s Judy Time”. Together these powerhouses came up with not one but two crazy popular palettes ; Get The Look : ITSEYETIME and ITSLIPTIME. One is an eye shadow palette and the other is a lip palette, obviously!  I have not had the chance to try the lip palette yet but I have used the eye shadow palette many times! The palette has 12 shades, mostly neutral , some shimmery but the majority are matte. I love that they included a mix of shimmery and matte shades. It makes the palette so versatile and worth spending the dollar bills on !! Right? I can’t ever see myself buying a palette with just shimmery shades or matte shades. It has to give a wide range of possibilities so you can come up with various looks using only one palette. The ITSEYETIME definitely delivers in that department. The shadows themselves are smooth almost buttery and blend really well. My favourite shade is Honey Bear. I use it as a transition shade and sometimes I just wear it all over my lid for a more “laid back I but still got my stuff together look”

     

     Here I used ITSEYETIME palette to create this look. I used Honey Bear and Bubbly to create a very wearable everyday look. It literally took me 2 minutes to apply the shadows.  I saturated my brush with Honey Bear + Bubbly and one quick sweep over my eyelids was all it took. I decided to be a bit more dramatic, but still wearable , and swiped the colours on the bottom as well. I also used the Rome Rose blush to accentuate my cheekbones and cheeks. I freaking love this blush, pardon my language , but it’s so darn nice. It looks like I have a nice flush to my face with just the right amount of colour. Very wearable and low maintenance for this mom of 3!

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    7 Easy Steps To A Perfect Red Lip!

    L'Oréal Eva's Red Lipstick

    L’Oréal Eva’s Red Lipstick

    What do you wear when you want to feel like confident, beautiful and flat-out sexy  ? That LBD tucked away in your closet or a kick ass pair of stilettos? For me, it’s definitely a bold lip! Nothing exudes confidence , boldness and passion more than a perfect red lip. Anytime I think of a red lip,Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe are the images that come to my mind. They definitely exuded sensuality and were never caught without a perfect pout.
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