Monday, February 29, 2016

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery


If you are looking for immediate hydration to the skin and need to reduce dry patches, redness and stressed skin, you need to try the Ultra Repair® Liquid Recovery. With regular use, after applying to cleansed skin, it will leave your complexion looking smoother, less blotchy and help increase collagen to get more youthful and plump skin. In a concentrated water base, the ingredients are Avena Sativa Oat Kernel Extract (relieves inching and soothes dehydration), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrates and boosts collagen levels), Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract (reduces redness) and Propolis Extract (repairs UV and other environmental damage).  

The most delicate scent and in a glass bottle, it has an easy dropper nozzle making for use very easy and controllable, with no waste or spilled product. For easier use, dispense product into palms before applying to the face. Suggested be used twice daily, with a few drops and gently pat all over the face, morning and night. 

Great for all skin types, even the most sensitive. 

No parabens, sulfates, phthalates, harsh chemicals or colorants. 


Available at Sephora or online at First Aid Beauty for $47 (1.25oz).










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Friday, February 26, 2016

Sephora Collection Mattifying Blotting Films



These blotting films are something that everyone should carry with them along with their other touch-up makeup. These films mattify and control oil by gently blotting the entire face concentrating on your targeted areas (that need mattifying) while keeping makeup in place. 

Do NOT use a wiping motion with the film as doing so will transfer your makeup. The blue on the plastic-like film become transparent the more oil that is absorbed.

I have combination/oily skin on my t-zones and always have this in my purse wherever I go. I prefer using these sheets rather than a mattifying powder product as it can start to look cakey. I recommend the Sephora brand for it's price and quality. The sheets don't rip up or tear easily like other products do and one sheet is enough to touch up for the entire day. Summer is soon approaching us, get prepared for those touch up kinda days. 

This set comes in 50 individual papers comes packaged in a slim case, easy for any size purse. Like every other blotting sheets/films, just be extra precise when taking out a sheet, more than desired may be pulled out at once.

This product is not tested on animals.

Available at Sephora in store or online for $10







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Thursday, February 25, 2016

First Aid Beauty - Purifying Mask With Red Clay






There are no questions to why his product is an Allure Best of Beauty winner. This 20-minute peel-off mask treatment delivers immediate visible results to a professional treatment. The potent concentration of the red clay and the rosemary leaf oil detoxifies, eliminates clogged pores and controls excess sebum. The mineral rich red clay reduces pigmentation in problem areas where pimples were and also improves the skin’s texture. As the mask is peeled away, skin looks & feels smoother, softer, and refreshed leaving the pores visibly reduced due to the licorice root, feverfew and white tea. 


It is recommended to be used twice a week.  From personal experience, application should be in thin layer, avoiding the hairline and eye areas. Also make sure the mask is dry to touch before peeling and always start gently at the outer edge of the mask. It should always be rinsed off to ensure no residue is left on the skin. The scent is very pleasant and refreshing. 


Recommended for oily to combination or problem-prone skin or just for a deep detox mask. All FAB products are allergy tested, free of artificial fragrances, dermatologist recommended, and safe for even the most sensitive skin. No parabens, sulfates or phthalates. 



Available at Sephora or online at 
First Aid Beauty for $37 (3oz).











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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cover FX Mattifying Primer



Just so we are all on the same page, this product was formerly known as ClearPrep FX. This lightweight, water-resistant gel-primer gives an instant matte finish as well as minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores.  It blends well with any foundation and also helps the healing of acne blemishes due to the active ingredient, 1% salicylic acid. Regardless of my makeup routine, I also noticed that it kept my skin texture looking flawless and matte throughout the day - with a bonus anti-acne treatment as well. 

The secret ingredients are:
Willowbark extract, naturally containing salicylic acid (for gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin and reduce sebum buildup)
- Ancient African tree bark extract (derived from chamomile plants, assists with minimizing pore size, shine, sebum, and acne inflammation)
- Natural fruit  acid complex of bilberry, sugar maple, lemon, sugar cane, and orange alpha-hydroxy acids (gently exfoliates and natural cell renewal process to unclog pores and allow drainage)
- Vitamins F, C, and E (to protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness

This clinically tested primer is vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc. It's great for normal skin types and definitely oily skin types!  

I love how this also blended so well with my Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, you can find this review here. 


Available at your local pharmacy, Sephora or online at CoverFX in 2 formats: 15ml for $16 or 30ml for $38









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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MAC Huggable Lipcolor - COMMOTION





This MAC lip product is their huggable lipcolour collection. The packaging is quite different from their classic lipstick collection that I previously reviewed, you can see them here or here..  This packaging has a more glossy gun metal, cylinder and sleek look. The gel-like lipstick is described as a deep cool plum color with a rich, glossy shine and also light weight. The creamy formula also gives a luminous finish and glides on very easy leaving the lips feeling smooth and supple.  I wouldn't consider it long lasting like a lip stain (I've had to re-apply about every 2 hours) but for its glossy and shine finish, it has a long term hydration formula.  The photo and swatch is in the shade Commotion.  Like the swatch shows, it is quite glossy but still has a rich, nicely pigmented finish. If your lips have visible lines on the outline of our lips, I've seen that it does bleed through them, however, using a lip liner first will help conceal that problem. 

This collection comes in 14 other shade as well and available at the MAC Cosmetics store or online for $24.











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Monday, February 22, 2016

Kiko Milano - Miami Beach Double Deco Blush







The Kiko Milano blush comes in a fuchsia-coloured case with an internal mirror and decorated in the "Miami Beach Babe" style collection. The formula and texture is silky and pigmented giving the cheeks a natural and radiant finish. With both shades combined, it has a mixture of pearls and coral effect. I often use the lighter shade on the upper cheeks to give a highlight as well.  It's a perfect shade of coral that suits most complexions. With my fair skin and even when tanned it definitely gives a beautiful finish.  Non comedogenic and paraben free. The swatch and photo are in the shade Doral.

Available in three colours:  Coral Gables, Doral or Kissimmee.


Can be purchased at your Kiko Milano store for $14.






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Friday, February 19, 2016

Sephora Collection Lip Liner To Go





This mini lip liner has a great longevity, very pigmented and rich color. This color is described as a purple eggplant with a matte finish.  It glides on smooth and doesn't dry out nor clump on the lips.  It can be used over the entire lip giving it a semi matte finish. I had bought it to use with the Lolita Lip stain-you can see that review here.  This swatch is in Deep Aubergine - 05. 

A mini lip liner is the best thing to own especially at this affordable price!

Can be purchased in store or online at Sephora.ca for $8. 





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Thursday, February 18, 2016

MAC Lipstick - RUBY WOO [Retro Matte]


Of course MAC has their signature gorgeous packing- we can spot them when we see them! This shade is described as a vivid blue-red with a retro matte finish. The matte finish to me is what makes this beautiful look spot on red that everyone must have in their lipstick collection. It's the perfect tone of a vigorous red shade. It can be a little drying when first applied but mixed with a matching lip liner makes application more smooth. It doesn’t transfer too much and is longer lasting than a lot of lipsticks out there. The swatch on me looks more of a warm blue toned matte but the opacity is gorgeous! It brings out any complexion to make it much more vibrant. If you don't own this shade, you are definitely missing out! 

I LOVE this lipstick, it is my got-to perfect red lipstick. Like all MAC lipsticks, I love the soft, pleasant smell.

Available at the MAC store or online for $20.






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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

NYX Micro Brow Pencil



I must admit, I am obsessed with this ultra-thin micro brow pencil. It's so precise it coats even the finest hairs with a natural-looking finish. Its ultra slimretractable tip is perfect for spot-filling in areas where brow hairs need to be created and  also natural-looking.  It easily competes with the Anastasia brand but much more worth it for the price, quality and quantity.  It's long lasting even on oily skin, The only tip I have to these brow pencils is to blend well with the spool ended side, makes for an even, natural look. I highly recommend this pencil to anyone who uses any other eyebrow products, you won't regret it. When choosing a shade, always go for a tad lighter than your eyebrows so that it looks more natural because going darker may result in a more harsh, uneven look (giving you the "angry" look). 
I have chocolate brown hair with highlights and fair tone skin so I am using the shade Auburn.

Available in 8 shades. 



Can be purchased at your local pharmacy for $12






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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Kiko Natural Concealer




This illuminating liquid concealer is natural, light and smooth for a light to medium coverage that minimizes imperfections such as age spots, blemishes and dark circles. It is a lightweight consistency, non-greasy and easy to apply. The formula also contains vanilla extract and vitamin E for a perfect finish, even for very oily skin. This coverage is not as pigmented as a lot of other concealers out there but for a natural look this does the job well.
It's an ideal size concealer that can be easily carried in your purse for those longer days. Like every other concealer, can be applied before, after or both on foundation then set with your favorite powder.  The swatch I have is in Natural-02, although it looks like it has a pink hue, it applies on like a natural nude. 
Available in up to 7 shades. 

Paraben free.


Can be purchased at Kiko Milano online or in stores for $9






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Monday, February 15, 2016

Caudalie Moisturizing Toner



This is by far my favorite purifying and moisturizing toner that completes cleansing and revitalizes the skin from its enriched moisturizing Vinolevure® (extracted from wine yeast). It gives you the fresh, clean and soft 
skin making your face hydrated and ready to fully benefit as well as boost effectiveness from your skin care regimen. To be used morning and evening with a cotton pad (or what I always use, you can see that here). Applying to the face, eyes and neck. Not to be rinsed and great for all skin types, even sensitive skin!  
It has a natural, fresh scent described as notes of citrus flower, orange tree leaves, watermelon and crushed mint. This lotion is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, hypoallergenic and most importantly, alcohol-free. 
It does not leave any redness or oily feeling nor any burning sensation - definitely a toner that should be in every ones skin regimen.

Can be purchased at SephoraCaudalie or your local pharmacy for $28 (200ml)

NB: I purchased this 400ml at Monoprix in Paris, France







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Friday, February 12, 2016

Bobby Brown Rich Lip Color - PLUM ROSE








This rich, full-color lipstick is a beautiful a soft-matte finish. The color Plum Rose is a perfect hue of both colors. I love that it glides on smooth and perfectly pigmented. It's pretty long lasting considering it's not a lip stain and is also non-drying. It's a creamy feel on the lips and moisturizing from infused vitamins E and C as well as beeswax. Perfect shade for a smokey eye look and can be intensified with a darker lip liner. Soft scented and sleek, simple packaging.

Available for $27 at your local department stores or at Sephora.






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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask



The Instant Detox Mask is definitely one of those masks that show quick results. It deeply cleanses and minimizes/tightens pores giving an even complexion. Its 99.3% natural clay formula brings life to dull and tired skin. It's also enriched with grape marc to detox, pink clay and coffee to clarify and papaya enzymes for advanced radiance. The scent is very subtle and not strong at all. The mask is suggested to be done twice a week. Apply a thin layer on dry face (avoid the eye area), leave for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse with water. After any mask, it's always important to hydrate with a serum then your favorite moisturizer. 

As always, no parabens, sulfates, phthalate nor mineral oil. Great for all skin types.


Can be purchased at many pharmacies for $32 or at any Caudalie Store in your area.








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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kiko Milano Miami Beach Babe Bronzer



This is a limited edition bronzer that makes you miss the beach. It's a perfect, natural glow bronzer that gives you a sun kissed finished look. The powder makes your skin smooth, giving you a radiant matte finish and silky texture. It's buildable with any skin tone and a has a soft powdered sugar scent. This is in the shade Beyond Sienna. Packaging is quality and fun and comes with a great size mirror.

Available in two colours: California Sand or Beyond Sienna

Hypoallergenic, non comedogenic & paraben free.

Can be purchased at Kiko Milano online or in stores while quantities last for $16





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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MAC Lipstick - BRAVE [Satin]



I have to give it to MAC for their packaging - it's a look that we all associate with MAC lipsticks as soon as we see it. Their trademark lipstick comes in a sleek, bullet design with a silver shimmer. This shade is described as a pink-beige with white pearl. The white pearl part to me is just the satin finish. I find it's the perfect tone of a nude shade that applies on more like a semi-matte but not over drying. The opacity of this shade makes application so smooth and with one swipe the lips have the perfect nude finish. Since it's almost matte finish, this doesn’t transfer too much and is longer lasting than a lot of lipsticks. The swatch on me looks more of a warm blue toned matte but when applied it's more cool toned & that's what makes this my perfect nude shade. You can add pretty much any neutral lip liner and still have the nude shade you want.

I LOVE this lipstick, it is my got-to perfect nude. Like all MAC lipsticks, I love the soft, pleasant smell.

MAC store or online for $20.







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Monday, February 8, 2016

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops



Custom Cover Drops contain concentrated pigments that allow you to customize any product and adjust the level of coverage to any liquid moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations and tinted moisturizers that are water, oil or silicone-based. The pigments are coated with Lecithin to ensure easy blending and the smoothe application. These drops come in many different shades for pink, neutral or golden undertones. The weightless drops transform any favorite beauty product into a sheer to total coverage foundation, depending on how many drops added. One drop for sheer coverage, two drops for medium coverage, three drops for full coverage, and four drops for total coverage. Custom Cover Drops are designed to be mixed with other beauty products & are NOT designed to be used alone. Make sure the product is shaken well to ensure even disbursement of pigment before added to your product of preference. I found this product very useful when travelling, as it was added to my favorite sunscreen & mattifying primer. Great for all skin types! This shade is N35 For medium light skin with neutral undertones

Can be purchased in-store or online at Sephora. 
Price: $44




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Friday, February 5, 2016

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Serum


The S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum is an oil-free serum that captures and continually diffuses water deep within the skin to restore its moisture balance and leaves skin soft and fresh. I suffered from severe forehead micro acne (small acne) due to an overproducing oily sebum. This was happening because my skin was so dehydrated that I was over producing oil which then resulted in acne. I can attest that this product saved my skin. The key ingredient in this product is the organic grape water which reactivates the skin's hydration & replenishes its water reserves as well as the Hyaluronic Acid & Antioxidant Grape Seed Polyphenols.  I use this serum as a base for my moisturizer which allows for deeper penetration, hydration & skin super soft. There is no surprise that research results were 61% decreased sensitivity & 121% increased hydration. This has definitely been part of my skin care routine and my face has never been better. The product is worth every penny and a little amount goes a long way.

Can be purchased at many pharmacies for $52 or at any Caudalie Store in your area.






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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fitness: My Workout: Week 1 - 4 Program



I can garantee the results are worth it! This program was personalized for me and so far I can attest that I've already seen results!!  HOW? 

Follow these simple steps: 
- Dedicate 2 days per week with each day being alternate workouts. 
- Find your RM (My RM is 87%)
- Must have 2 minutes rest between each rep.
Day 1 Workout:   At 5 sets of 5 reps each do the following workouts:

1) Barbell Squat
2) Flat Barbell Bench Press
3) Deadlift
4) Bent Over Rows
5) Shoulder Press

Day 2 Workout:   At 3 sets of 10 reps each do the following workouts:


1) Barbell Squat

2) Flat Barbell Bench Press
3) Deadlift
4) Bent Over Rows
5) Shoulder Press


Always end each workout with a HIIT!  (High Intensity Interval Training)
- Makes the work out so much more complete
- 18 minutes total (including 2 minutes warm up and cool down)

My HIIT done 14 times:

On treadmill each interval:
15 seconds high (sprint) & 45 seconds low (walk)

*Don't forget to warm up & cool down for 2 minutes each



App used for my workout plans: FitNotes (Android) or Gym Hero Pro (ios)

App used for my HIIT: Interval Timer (both Android & ios)





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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser



Let me start by saying this, I am obsessed with this cleanser! I have sensitive and oily to combination skin so this cleanser is exactly what my face needs as a gentle cleanser. It's fragrance-free & effectively removes makeup, dirt, and grime, leaving my skin soft and supple. It preserves the natural oils that protect the skin, calms redness and irritation. It is PH-balanced to maintain the natural acidity of the skin. It's a whipped texture that when blended with water, transforms into a rich creamy texture. Using this cleanser on a daily use has resulted in almost no flare ups and reduces the extra oil sebum that my face usually created when using other facial cleansers. It doesn't dry or tighten the skin. It comes in two sizes: 2 ounces or 5 ounces - both very affordable and a little goes a long way. The cleanser has no parabens, sulfates or phthalate.

Always a repurchase in my skin care routine!

Available in store or online at Sephora.ca

  


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

VALENTINE'S - DIY Felt Heart Wreath




Valentine's Day is not far away! What better decor than to add a personal (hand made) touch to this LOVE season! For inspiration here's what I did.

Tools needed: 

- Glue gun
- 2 yards of red felt fabric (purchased at Walmart or available at any other Fabric store)
- Scissors
- Bare heart or round wreath
- 1 yard of large velvet ribbon 


I purchased a simple heart wreath from Dollarama (I removed the tacky decoration) and wrapped the bare wreath with 4 inch velvet ribbon to use as a base for my hand made flowers. I cut 5 inch squares (you'll need about 130 squares) and then cut to make the flowers. You can find an photo example here.
Make sure to make about 20 flowers ranging in different sizes as "fillers". 





Once all the flowers are made start from the highest/thickest point of the wreath and work from there. Always make sure you place them on the wreath BEFORE you start gluing them! This gives you a better idea of how it will look before it's too late. 

I then used a small velvet ribbon that I already had to hang the wreath. Michaels has a large variety of ribbon usually on promotion.


If you're interested in seeing actual video tutorials, let me know! I usually make my handmade wreaths for every occasion. 

Enjoy!




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Monday, February 1, 2016

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain



This high-coverage lip stain is a beautiful, long-lasting product that when applied is a creamy smooth texture which then becomes a silky, lightweight stain. It is not drying but yet matte. I have it in the color 14 - Blackberry Sorbet. The color stay is great and touch ups (after a meal) still blend in well. Not one application has gone by without me getting a compliment. Great value for the price point - definitely a repurchase in other colors! 

Available in other rich shades, both matte & satin in store or online at Sephora.ca for $18.00




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