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!

 

 

 

 

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.