6 Effective Beauty Products

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Since I’ve moved back home, I’ve finally found the time to really focus on myself, and narrow down what works effectively in my daily routine, and what doesn’t. Although this includes a very broad spectrum of forms, today I’m going to review a few beauty products that I’ve found beneficial over the pass few months, and explain why they have now become a part of my everyday routine.

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EOS Lip Balm

EOS lip balm comes in a smooth sphere for easy application that precisely glides on the lips. It has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. In addition, it contains vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil, which keeps your lips incredibly smooth. A few other reasons I love this balm is that its 100% natural flavour, it applies completely clear, its petrolatum and paraben free, gluten free, phthalate free, and its not tested on animals.

Personally, I have never been a frequent lip balm user. However, I noticed my lips getting much more dry when I moved back to Canada, after living in sunny south Florida for years. EOS lip balm has been a go-to for me. I love how it immediately moisturizes your lips, and the flavours smell pretty but aren’t overwhelming. My favourite flavours are sweet mint, coconut milk, vanilla mint, and honeysuckle.

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Yes to Grapefruit Spray Pore Minimizing Facial Toner

Another product I’ve recently found success with is this Yes to Grapefruit Toning Mist. It’s a natural toning spray (in eco-friendly packaging), that revs up radiance and reduces the look of pores. It achieves this through ingredients such as grapefruit, kakadu plum, and infusions of vitamin C. It also delivers hydration and works wonders at setting make-up. It’s smells delicious, and is 96% natural, paraben, SLS, and silicone free, and cruelty free. You simply spray the mist onto your skin anytime you need a little extra hydration and radiance. Another plus is that it’s super affordable!

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Dior Youth-Sorbet Moisturizer and Serum Sorbet

Although these aren’t recent discoveries, these two products have been life changers. I’ve mentioned the Youth-Sorbet moisturizer in a previous post but to reiterate, it’s an extremely light-weight moisturizer that envelopes the skin in softness while deeply reinvigorating and plumping the look of facial features. It does an amazing job at making your skin look awakened, softened, and healthy looking. It’s literally the only moisturizer I will use, and have been using it for the past five years.

The Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Essence is a serum the revitalizes the skin for a healthy looking finish. All you need is one drop, and it deeply reinvigorates the skin by supporting the natural circulation of water- leaving the complexion refreshed, healthy looking, and full of life. Although these items are slightly more expensive, I can’t recommend them enough. They truly do wonders for your skin.

In a self-evaluation of 64 women, aged 26-40, with twice daily application for 21 days:

  • 100% said skin is more moisturized
  • 100% said the complexion is more luminous
  • 73% said signs of fatigue are diminished

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Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Wash & Foam Bath

I’m a huge fan of bubble baths. Pouring a nice hot bath, lighting a candle, and reading a book is how I de-stress after a busy day of activities. And this foam bath is the perfect accessory for that. It is infused with soothing skin conditioners, while an aromatherapy blend of eucalyptus essential oil clears the mind, and spearmint essential oil uplifts. Again, this is not a recent discovery, I’ve been using this foam bath for a few years and I will definitely continue to do so.

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Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask

I’ve never been one to apply a mask on a regular basis, however, I recently came across this avocado and oatmeal clay mask and I have truly noticed the benefits. Its rich clay dives deep to purge dirt and oils from pores. Its nutrient-rich with vitamin E, avocado and oatmeal moisturize for lasting skin softness. After use, the skin looks and feels squeaky clean and is soft to touch. Perfect for normal to combination skin. I typically use this once or twice a week, and have noticed my skin is much more radiant after using it. It’s also very affordable.

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Beauty Smoothie Shimmer Crackling Body Mousse

I came across this product by complete fluke. I was shopping at Ulta one day and picked this up right as I was checking out. Now I’m completely obsessed. This shimmer body mousse provides a cool, crackling feel when applied, leaving the skin soft and lightly moisturized with a shimmering glow. Although it doesn’t provide a huge amount of moisture, it’s very light and refreshing on the skin.

10 Favourite Nail Colours

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One thing I’m sure most of us ladies have in common, is our love for a perfect manicure and pedicure. As much as I love getting an updated colour every couple of weeks, life doesn’t always allow for that. Sometimes I don’t have time to make it out of town that week (I’m currently living in a small town and the most convenient place to get a mani is about half an hour away). Or I simply have too many expenses that week that prevents me from being able to treat myself. That’s why, when I find a colour that I absolutely love, I usually buy it. I do this because on the weeks that I can’t get them done at a salon, I can simply do them myself. And if I have the option to go to the salon, I can always bring my favourite colour with me.

That brings me to the topic of this weeks post: my top ten favourite nail colours.

As you will notice, I’m a huge Essie fan. I find that Essie nail polish stays on for long periods of time, compared to other leading brands, and they’re consistently up to date with trending colours. If you’re on the hunt for a specific colour, definitely check out their website, essie.com. They provide a full colour guide with their lightest hues to their darkest, and everything in between. I’ve created a roundup of all of my go-to colours. Although this frequently changes by season, these colours have always been my constant staples.

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Forever Yummy

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Chillato

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After School Boy Blazer

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Mint Candy Apple, Fiji, and Bikini So Tiny

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In The Lobby

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Tart Deco

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Bell-Bottom Blues

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Sand Topez

GIFT IDEA: Chic Stationary

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I am a huge fan of surprising others with gifts, whether its their birthday, mothers day, Christmas or just a simple ‘I appreciate you’ gift. I find so much satisfaction in watching others light up with excitement.

However, I’m as guilty as the next girl when it comes to making that last minute dash to the mall. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to spend searching for that perfect gift! So, if you’re in a bind and need a gift thats both thoughtful and exciting to receive, here is a suggestion that is a personal go-to: CHIC STATIONARY.

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Chic Stationary is currently a huge trend, and fairly easy to find. Additionally, who doesn’t love a pair of beautiful gold scissors to match their perfect gold stapler, and an equally perfect planner? It’s not a common purchase that one would buy themselves and they can give their office a little face lift, all thanks to your gift of goodies.

My moms Birthday was on August 5th. I was in the process of driving back from Florida and made a little pit-stop at Target. I found everything I needed to whip up a super cute basket of stationary. My mom is very business oriented and spends much of her days stuck in the office, so she was very excited and appreciative of this gift. I even added a matching picture frame with a photo of the two of us, which gave it a personal touch.

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Find all items at Target.com, or check out your local Marshalls or Homesense.