My Everyday Make-up Favs!

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If you know me personally, you would likely be aware that I’m a total make-up guru! I love trying out new products, and finding the best of the best. Although I’m no professional, watching make-up tutorials on YouTube is basically part of my daily routine. I love seeing what other beauty bloggers are currently into. I keep an eye out for the items that people constantly rave about, and purchase the ones that I feel have a common high rating.

I often switch things up in order to try new products, but as of lately these products have been part of my everyday routine, and are definitely some of the best on the market.

I buy 99% of my make-up from Sephora. The reason being that they obviously have a massive selection, but also because their rewards program is the bomb.com!

Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

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If you’re on the market for a new eyeshadow palette I HIGHLY recommend this one. It has the perfect combination of mattes and shimmers, and you can create so many different looks with this palette alone. I bounce between the neutral matte shades for my everyday shadow, and usually add colour and shimmer to my look when I’m going somewhere more formal. If your a newbie to make-up, or simply just don’t have the time to do much, this is a great palette for you.

NARS Blush (shade Deep Throat) & Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I purchased the NARS Deep Throat Blush a few months ago, after hearing numerous beauty bloggers talk about it. It lasts for a very long time, as it’s very pigmented so you only need to apply a couple strokes. I love how it has a slight peachy tone to it.

The Benefit Hoola Bronzer was literally made for EVERYONE! I don’t know one person who has tried this Bronzer and not liked it. I heard about it years ago, and it’s still one of Benefits top selling products.

Estée Lauder Double-wear Foundation & Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

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I’ve tried numerous foundations in my life-time and I ALWAYS come back to the Estée Lauder Double-wear. I truly have not found any other foundation that can top it. This foundation stays looking flawless all day and all night, without making your skin look oily like a lot of other foundations do. I have friends that have oily skin that love it, and I personally have dry skin and it works great for me too. Definitely a must-have!!

The Urban Decay Naked Concealer is a very full coverage concealer. I love it because it doesn’t cause cakey fine lines under my eyes, but it still has that heavier creamy texture to it. I switch up concealers quite frequently, but this is definitely one of my favourites.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

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If you wear make-up, I’m sure you’ve heard of this product before. It’s rated the best translucent setting powder in multiple beauty magazines, and it’s in almost every single beauty bloggers daily make-up routine. And there’s a reason for it- IT’S LIFE CHANGING! I don’t even know what else to say, it’s just something that’s so amazing, you have to see for yourself!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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Hands down the best mascara I’ve tried so far. It can literally make it look like your wearing false lashes. Benefit also makes a They’re Real mascara primer that is amazing as well. However, if you don’t feel like spending the extra mula for the primer, the mascara alone works wonders.

KYLIE Matte Single & NYX Butter Gloss

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I’m a huge fan of the KYLIE lip kits. I currently have four different shades and I love them all. They create that perfect matte lip, and it stays on all day and night with only one application. Like I’ve literally wore it all day, gone to bed without taking it off (not a good idea, but hey, it happens!) and when I wake up, it still looks like I just put it on! They’re definitely worth the investment.

The NYX butter glosses are super affordable. You can purchase them at almost any pharmacy, Target, even some Super Stores. They glide on so smoothly (just like butter!), and they give you that perfect glossy lip. Although you may have to reapply throughout the day, for the price it’s totally worth it!

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Beauty Foods

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It’s no coincidence that some of the most beautiful women are the ones who care about what food they put into their bodies. I’ve even noticed this phenomenon with my own appearance, and maybe you have too. When I’m eating a well-balanced diet filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, my hair is shiny, my nails are strong, and my skin has a glow to it. And when I overindulge in greasy, fried or processed food my complexion and tresses usually suffer.

Here is a list of the top ten all-around beauty foods. These fresh and delicious eats are filled with nutrients needed for clearer skin, healthier hair, brighter eyes and more! You can invest in the latest facemask or top concealer on the market, but those beauty products are nothing without a healthy diet…

1. PURPLE CABBAGE. If you’re worried about wrinkles, eating lots of purple cabbage is the way to go. High cortisol levels in the body can cause crows feet and other wrinkles. Purple cabbage is both anti-inflammatory and rich in vitamins A, C, and E- which help to lower cortisol levels. So next time you’re shopping up a salad, add some cabbage to your mixed greens.

2. EDAMAME. Edamame and other non-processed soy foods are rich in isoflavones, which help to preserve skin-firming collagen. So, eat this sushi bar appetizer for youthful looking, wrinkle-free skin.

3. WATERCRESS. Ailments like uneven skin tone and hair loss are often signs of poor circulation. Rich in calcium, iron, and iodine, watercress helps to cleanse and oxygenate tissues for improved circulation and glowing skin.

4. WILD SALMON. Wild salmon is full of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, which keep your skin supple and hair shiny. Salmon also contains selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from UV exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps bones and teeth healthy too.

5. BEETS. Beets naturally help to flush out the lymphatic system, which removes toxins from the body, and in turn brightens your eyes. Raw in salad or roasted as a side, these are a delicious and nutritious beauty food.

6. CILANTRO. Cilantro has the ability to remove heavy metals that enlarge fat cells from your body. Enlarged fat cells increase the appearance of cellulite, making this common seasoning a great beauty food for your whole body.

7. WALNUTS. Along with keeping your scalp and hair healthy, the healthy fats in walnuts can make skin more supple and resilient to issues like age spots and sagging skin. What a perfect midday snack!

8. TOMATOES. Tomatoes (especially canned ones, believe it or not) are the best source of the powerful antioxidant lycopene, which fights many signs of aging. Tomatoes are also rich in the immune-boosting vitamin C, which increases the body’s natural ability to heal damaged or irritated skin. So bring on the pasta sauce…

9. YOGURT. Since yogurt is higher in calcium than milk alone, it’s great for strengthening your nails, teeth, and even improving your posture. I like to add a little low-fat or non-fat Greek Yogurt to my morning smoothie for a calcium and protein boost!

10. WATER. Water may not be a food per se, but H20 is everything when it comes to beauty. When you’re body is dehydrated, every inch of your appearance suffers- from your skin to your hair to your nails to your eyes. If you have trouble sipping plain water all day, try adding slices of lemon, oranges, or strawberries for some extra flavor.

Facemapping: What are your breakouts telling you?

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Recently, I’ve become fascinated with the Eastern tradition of face mapping. Face mapping, which combines modern dermatology with ancient Chinese medicine, is the idea that there’s a correlation between your internal organs and different zones of your face.

Face mapping makes a lot of sense when you consider the fact you’re skin is an organ too (the largest one in your body, in fact). When I was traveling in Egypt, I noticed my skin breaking out on my cheeks due to the poor air quality and high level of pollution. My aesthetician can also tell when I’ve just been sick or am about to get sick based on the area right above my brows. I don’t know about you, but I find it all very fascinating! Besides just being an interesting topic, educating yourself about face mapping can actually help to clear up your skin. Once you’ve identified what’s causing your acne, it’s easier to prevent it. While some causes are unavoidable (monthly hormone swings, for instance), diet and lifestyle changes can definitely help to clear up your skin.

1. FOREHEAD. Breakouts across the forehead are often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation. Make sure to get 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest a night to keep your forehead clear.

2. ABOVE THE BROW. The area above the brow is affected by your immune system. Breakouts here tend to happen right before, after, or during a cold or flu. If you notice a breakout in this zone, slow down for a couple days, drink plenty of water and eat immune boosting foods.

3. BETWEEN BROWS. Breakouts between the brows can be caused by overindulgence of unhealthy foods or a food allergy. Cutting back on sugar, dairy, rich foods, and alcohol can help clear up skin in this zone.

4. CHEEKS. Your cheeks are linked to your respiratory system. Smoking or breathing polluted air can cause breakouts here.

5. SIDE OF CHIN. The sides of your chin are affected by hormones. Breakouts here occur around the time of your period and happen on one side or another depending which ovary is ovulating that month.

DIY: Natural Hair Highlights

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Many people, like myself, become addicted to one specific hair stylists because they 1. love their work, and 2. fear that if they go to someone else they won’t like the result. I’ve been going to the same hair stylist for the past seven years now, and absolutely refuse to change. However, I live in South Florida and my hair stylist lives in Toronto, Canada…therefore, I only get my hair done 2 or 3 times a year. However, I do still like to keep my natural blonde looking bright, which is why I’ve experimented with several all-natural color enhancers over the years. Whether your hair is naturally blonde or colored at a salon, these common kitchen ingredients can boost your color and keep your mane looking shiny. And when used in moderation, they are also typically less damaging to your strands than salon treatments.

Here’s how to get sun-streaked tresses without spending hundreds of dollars in a salon…

 LEMON JUICE

This natural beauty remedy has been around forever, which is a testament that it actually works! According to Livestrong, when the citric acid in lemon juice heats up in the sun, it opens hair cuticles and lifts out the pigment. Just squeeze some lemon juice into a spray bottle, dilute with water (3 times the amount of lemon juice), and then spritz into your hair before you head outside. (P.S. If you’ve ever used lemon juice to keep your apple from browning, you’ve already witnessed its amazing bleaching properties!)

 CHAMOMILE TEA

Chamomile is another natural hair lightener, said to be more gradual than lemon juice and therefore better for brunettes. Just brew a batch of chamomile tea, let it cool, and then rinse your hair with the tea following your shampoo and conditioner in the shower.

 HONEY

I’ve never tried this one myself, but if anything I’m sure that honey would be deeply conditioning. As Livestrong explains, honey contains enzyme peroxide, which is an effective lightener when mixed with distilled water to activate it. Plus, you hair will smell yummy and feel soft post-honey treatment.

 BEER

Yes, beer. Beer is another method I’ve never tried, but I have several friends who have experimented with beer hair rinses at one time or another, and raved about its lightening properties. Use a light beer of course, and keep in mind that you might not want to try this method right before you go to a party or get-together. You don’t want to show up smelling of booze and have everyone thinking you’ve been doing some heavy day drinking! Bonus: The B vitamins and proteins in beer will repair damaged strands too.

If you’re not a natural blonde, none of these methods are a true replacement for salon highlights of course. But if you’re just looking to add a little extra brightness to your already blonde or light-brown mane, these all-natural methods are pretty impressive considering the ease, availability, and low cost. Also keep in mind that you may not see dramatic results immediately. I recommend repeating these DIY beauty treatments frequently to gradually lighten your locks over time.

20 Surprising Things That Are Damaging Your Skin

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1. TOO MUCH CHLORINE

Your post-pool routine is vital when it comes to your skin. Chlorine can stick to your skin, even after you bath, and react with topical medications, cleansers, and even lotions. In order to successfully remove chlorine, always use an extra sudsy soap after you go for a swim.

 2. SLEEPING WITH YOUR MAKE-UP ON

NEVER, I repeat, NEVER fall asleep with your make-up on. This is a recipe for bacterial infections and clogged pores, which can lead to acne. In addition, the residue that remains on your pillow can even make you sick. An easy way to remember this- keep makeup removing wipes next to your bed so you’ll be reminded nightly to remove damaging makeup.

 3. DRINKING COFFEE

Caffeine is a major felon when it comes to dry skin and increasing wrinkles. Stimulate your skin by drinking lots of water. Add fruits slices like orange or lemon to enhance the flavor.

 4. POPPING PIMPLES

Picking at the skin on your face will only dirt and bacteria deeper into your pores, causing more breakouts.

 5. SKIPPING MEALS

Skipping meals can cause skin to age fast and dry out more quickly. Always try to include vitamins C (oranges), B3 (peanuts), E (avocados), and A (sweet potatoes) in your meals to increase your skin’s health.

 6. LONG, HOT SHOWERS

Although a steamy, hot shower is great every once in a while, it actually strips away the outermost layer of the epidermis, which leads to scaly and dry skin. When your skin starts to turn red and itch in the shower, you know its time to step out.

 7. NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER

Hydrating yourself daily will not only help to fight off aging, but also give your skin a healthy glow. If your skipping the water, you’ll be stick with rough and ‘shrunken’ skin.

 8. TALKING ON THE PHONE

Long chats on your phone can lead to breakouts and rashes along your jawline and cheek. Make sure to keep antibacterial wipes with you to keep your phone (and skin) clean.

9. WEARING DIRTY SUNGLASSES

When it comes to your regular spectacles or sunglasses, don’t forget to wipe them clean. Bacteria that builds up on your glasses can get into the pores around the bridge of your nose, causing breakouts and irritation.

 10. YO-YO DIET

Consistent yo-yo dieting can negatively impact your skin: Frequent weight gain and loss can cause the fibers in your skin to loosen over time, creating stretch marks and sag.

11. NOT ENOUGH SLEEP

Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night will not only keep you looking refreshed, but it will also replenish and rehydrate skin. Lacking on sleep can cause dull skin and clogged pores.

 12. EATING TOO MUCH SODIUM

Excess sodium in your diet can suck the moisture out of skin, leaving it dry and dull. To avoid this, cut back on salty treats and invest in a hydrating facial moisturizer.

 13. CHEMICALS IN THE WATER

Surprisingly your shower head can be another culprit for dry skin. With all the purifying agents used to filter public water, chemical build up on skin over time is very common. Invest in a shower head filter to fight off dry skin caused by chlorine and other elements.

 14. DIRTY PILLOWCASES

At night your skin gets a chance to rest and shed its dead cells. Those dead cells can build up over time on your pillowcase, leaving behind bacteria and toxins. In order to keep skin healthy, make sure you change your pillowcase at least once every two weeks.

 15. EXFOLIATING TOO OFTEN

Over-exfoliating your skin can strip it of its necessary oils it needs to maintain your natural glow. Exfoliate you skin just once a week to keep it healthy.

 16. STRESS

Consider stress the heavyweight knockout when it comes to your skin. Not only can it cause blemishes, dullness, and rashes, but stress lines from facial movements will also ingrain in your skin over time. To avoid stress, take time to do something you enjoy like yoga, reading, or cooking.

 17. SUGAR OVERLOAD

When you intake too much sugar, it hurts the collagen nestled in your skin, leaving you with sag. Overcome your sweet tooth with organic fruits like pineapple or mango.

 18. NOT ENOUGH EXERCISE

Exercise helps increase blood flow and gives your face a healthy glow. Additionally, it cleans the body of toxins, which are expelled during perspiration, and cleanses dead skin cells allowing new ones to grow. Without regular exercise you may see an increase in age spots.

 19. TOO MUCH AC

Instead of cranking up the cool air, turn your air conditioner down to give your skin extra moisture. If your cooling unit is always on full speed, you’re stripping the air of humidity and moisture your skin needs.

 20. THE PLASTIC ON YOUR DRY-CLEANED CLOTHES

To avoid skin irritation, take the plastic off your dry cleaning as soon as you get home, allowing the clothes to breath. The longer the plastic stays on your threads, the more skin-harming chemicals that are absorbed.