Coloured mascara seems to be back as a big summer trend in makeup with brands offering affordable mascara in a wide range of fun colours. Everyone from Dior to Maybelline to Avon has a coloured mascara this summer.
Since bright colours are hot, hot, hot, I decided to join the trend and wear a coloured mascara. I went with Maybelline Volum’ Express Deep Velvets Mascara in Purple Velvet. I have green eyes so I thought the purple might bring out my eye colour without being too crazy. I haven’t wore a coloured mascara in a long time, so it was funny applying it.
I couldn’t stop staring at my eyes. These new coloured mascaras are not as crazy as they may seem. I think if I had of applied it over black mascara I might have gotten a more vibrant finish. I was ok with the muted shade though.
I went out with my colourful eyes on the town. I felt a little silly until I finally forgot, but it took hours for anyone to notice my bright lashes. Apparently inside they didn’t look too different. It was only when the sun shone through them at the right angle did they pick up the light ad shine in their purple velvet glory. It was a little anticlimactic. Maybe I should have chosen a different colour?
After wearing purple mascara for a day, I realized that while this may be a hot trend and I may be interested, it’s for a younger group of beauty fanatics. I loved coloured mascara in high school and that’s where it should stay!
I discovered Nude Skincare by accident while looking up a different skincare line. I was surprised to see this brand already had a very loyal following and I had somehow missed them. When the Advanced Renewal Overnight Mask and Eye Cream landed on my doorstep I couldn’t wait to find out what all of the fuss was about. Nude Skincare made a great first impression. The packaging is sleek and minimalistic. The logo is cool. Nude Skincare with its natural ingredients and paraben and chemical free isn’t here to be fancy, but make a subtle statement that you won’t forget.
I started with the overnight mask. This cream is smooth with a faint smell, but nothing overpowering. That is important for me with a night cream. I hate going to bed smelling strong creams on my skin. It keeps me up all night.
The cream also gets absorbed into your skin quickly, so you don’t have to wait for it to dry. Since it is called an Overnight Mask, which was impressive to me. I expected to have to wait before letting my head hit the pillow.
When I woke up though, I looked in the mirror and didn’t see anything. My skin felt the same. It looked the same. I didn’t appear to be glowing or more radiant or look younger.
I moved on to the Advanced Renewal Eye Complex. This little cream on the other hand gives me instant results. Apply this baby sparingly under your eyes to see your circle get lighter and less noticeable before your eyes. Your skin looks so refreshed. I apply a little foundation or bb cream over top and no one would ever know about my dark circles. My only complaint is that unlike its companion, the under eye cream does take some time to dry, so you need to let it sit for a few minutes.
Because of the amazing results I got from the Eye Complex, I am going to go back and give the Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask a second chance. Maybe it takes longer to get results, but if my experience with Nude Skincare is what I can expect in the future. You will be hearing a lot more about them here.
The latest trend in hair product collections seems to either have the word rescue or repair in it. And while those do what they’re supposed to, I’m still occasionally left with a ton of frizz to deal with. Luckily Sexy Hair sent over part of their Smooth Sexy Hair collection. The smoothing shampoo and conditioner are both gluten, paraben, sulfate and salt free and loaded with coconut oil to help fight frizz.
And they absolutely work. But the star for me is the Frizz Eliminator. It’s a really runny serum styling product and once you figure out how much you need to use (quite a bit for me), your frizz literally disappears. It doesn’t get crunchy when it dries and leaves your hair extremely soft. Unlike other frizz products it doesn’t add any weight to your hair to load it down, which is actually a problem for me, I wish it added just a little bit.
If you want frizz free hair, this is definitely the collection for you.
This summer Make Up For Ever launched their line of seven HD Primers formulated to your skin. There are six shades for different skin tones and then one colourless shade that they say moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin for HD cameras and beyond.
Make Up For Ever has made a primer that is different than any other primer. I don’t know how professionals use it, but I started to use it more like a face moisturizer than a primer. It has a light floral scent unlike any other primer. It goes on smooth and it’s easy to apply a thin layer. It also dries really fast making it convenient for quick mornings or on set.
The thing is, I didn’t notice the other special attributed of glowing skin or a more even skin tone that Make Up For Ever promises. My skin looked fairly similar as it did before. My skin felt nice and moisturized, but nothing to write home about.
I adore Make Up For Ever, but this is one product that I think I am going to leave to the pros. I’m sure they will use it right for beautiful results.
With summer comes sandals, flip flops, bare feet and the need for pedicures. If you’re like me and absolutely hate the minty smell that comes with most foot products, these are my Most Wanted pedicure alternatives.
Lush Stepping Stone
This sugar scrub has a delicious lime scent and you can multiple uses out of one bar. Break off a little piece, scrub it on wet skin and the sugar and butters leave you smooth and moisturized. I also use it on my hands in winter.
Soap And Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream
This is the first foot cream I’ve found that smells like a hand cream. It’s more of a gel-cream hybrid but it really does the job and makes your feet feel super soft.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
A lot of people tend to forget the cuticles on their toes. Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil is a little too strong for my hands but it works on feel beautifully.
Footlogix Foot Deodorant Spray
Sweating in your shoes all summer means things can get a little stinky and I don’t care what anyone says but using a foot spray can sometimes make things worse. Footlogix’s Foot Deodorant Spray has a soft tea tree scent that fixes the problem without leaving an obvious odour. Footlogix has a huge range that can be found online here with free shipping to Canada no less.
OPI Hotter Than You Pink
Every pedi needs a great colour. OPI’s Hotter Than You pink is the perfect summer shade.
Since everyone has been watching Brazil this summer, it’s only fitting that Sally Hansen’s summer 2014 nail polish collection is inspired by Rio. They say that this collection will give any nail polish the colours and sparkle of Carnivale.
Instead of releasing a summer line of nail polishes in a few different colours, Sally Hansen’s Rio collection is wisely glitter top coats to wear over other nail polish. I love this because I already have so many different shades that sometimes I would rather use those up in new ways then have another blue. They come in a variety of different sparkle varieties in blues, greens, yellows and reds. You will need to be creative to find the right base coat for your sparkle. I was constantly worried that my base would clash with my top coat.
While I love the idea of these nail polishes, there is something wrong with Sally Hansen’s polish formula that makes it hard to use. The gel polish is very thick and it doesn’t pick up the glitter well. This means that it is nearly impossible to get the right amount of glitter versus polish. I ended up with just a few pieces of glitter or lots of glitter, but super thick top coat gel all over my nails. There was never a good balance. I read online that it might be a good idea to pour this polish out and use a sponge or other brush to apply the glitter one at a time. While that does seem like a better idea, it also sounds like more work than most people are willing to do.
Once you have applied the polish, I also found that it took a long long time for this Sally Hansen nail polish to dry. Even once it dried, because it was so thick it stayed a bit tacky.
While I love glitter coats and I usually love Sally Hansen, this summer collection isn’t the one to stock up on.
Lush is known for bringing out new products seasonally but usually they disappear pretty quickly. Luckily this summer’s new products are rumoured to be part of the permanent line.
African Paradise Body Conditioner
I already use Lush’s Ro’s Argan body conditioner pretty religiously and I’m so happy they brought out a new scent. African Paradise has a slightly spicy floral scent that isn’t nearly as overpowering as Ro’s Argan but you still get the same super soft skin.
D’Fluff Shaving Soap
D’Fluff is sold out online as I write this and that speaks volumes about how Lush fans really wanted a shaving soap that was just a little more girly (althought I’m sure guys will steal it). It smells like strawberries and goes on really nicely for a smooth shave.
Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb
This is really more like a Bubble Bar in that you could absolutely break it up and get more than one bath out of it. The colours the water turns is gorgeous and it smells like candy.
Parsley Porridge Soap
This soap is perfect for the kitchen with it’s slightly herbal scent. It has oatmeal for scrubbiness and it’s pretty moisturizing. Not my favourite scent but it’s growing on me.
The summer line also has Mangnificent soap which I’m definitely going to try at some point and Zeste hair styling gel. There’s a little something for everyone and I can’t wait to see what they come out with next!
There are so few lip glosses that I’ll actually wear in the summer, I generally find them way too sticky and go for tinted lip balms or lip crayons instead. Lancôme’s Lip Lover is changing that. A new formula that combines intense colour, the feeling of a balm and the shine of a gloss but absolutely no stickiness. This is the new way to wear lip colour in the summer. It goes on like butter and even after the colour wears off you feel like you’re wearing a super hydrating lip balm. The fact that it smells delicious doesn’t hurt.
Rose Des Nymphes, Abricot Tango, Bouquet Final
Rose Des Nymphes is a perfect mid tone rose shade for when you want to wear a bright lip shade but don’t want to go crazy. Abricot Tango is a great peachy shade for every day wear and Bouquet Final is a high gloss fuschia with a hint of purple that’s great for going out at night.
There are 11 other shades that means everyone will find a shade that’s perfect for them.
Sometimes you need to splurge on skin treatments, and other times you find a great product that does wonders for your skin for under $20. This is the case with the Masque Bar line from Look Beauty.
These little masks are formulated to for a range of different skin types. It’s easy to figure out which one you want to use. Over a few months, I tried the Pore Reducing Crème Mask, the Brightening Sheet Mask and the Anti-Blemish Mud Mask. It would have been easy for Look Beauty to cheap out and just make a similar mask and call it different things. They didn’t! Each of the masks had their own properties. They all felt different and dried different. It gave me confidence that each was made different.
There was one common theme though. After I rinsed off these masks, my skin always felt amazing. My face felt deeply moisturized without feeling sticky or wet. Most of all they left my face feeling really clean without getting dry. It’s all a delicate balance and the Masque Bar line has done it all.
It’s going to be my new skin care secret!
There are so few companies that have been around for 100 years, let alone still use natural products with ingredients that are actually recognizable. J.R. Watkins has been making all natural products since 1868. When we got the Pomegranate & Acai collection, the first thing I noticed was how delicious the scent was. Fruity but not overpowering and perfect for summer.
Sugar and Shea Body Scrub
Some sugar scrubs can also double as a body wash but I wouldn’t recommend it for this one. However, the sugar is really find and mixed with shea butter and coconut oil, it’s the perfect blend of exfoliating and hydrating.
Bath and Body Oil
This oil has so many uses. You can use it in a bath, as a massage oil or after shaving. I use it right after a shower before I dry off. I wish the scent was a little more obvious but it moisturizes like crazy.
Shea Butter Hand Cream
This is my favourite thing in the collection and by far one of the best hand creams I’ve ever used. It absorbs literally in seconds, leaving your hands completely smooth but not even remotely greasy. It passes the ‘put on hand cream and do something right away’ test. I’ll definitely be hoarding these in winter and probably trying every scent available.
The Pomegranate & Acai collection also has a Hand & Body Lotion that I want to try but I’m probably going to make my way through all the other J.R. Watkins collections first, they all sound amazing.