I might have a lot of pink in my skin tone, but after mascara my favourite beauty product is blush. I’ll pretty much try every shade and consistency but I always go back to powder because it lasts a lot longer on me. Too Faced’s Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush is pretty much everything I’ve dreamed for in a blush.
The packaging alone is adorable, who wouldn’t love heart shaped blush? And the shades are all named after love songs (We’re missing How Deep Is Your Love). But it’s the blushes themselves that I love the most. The pigmentation on these are fantastic and they blend extremely well but they last all day and the colour doesn’t fade. They’re really smooth and not chalky at all.
I Will Always Love You, Love Hangover, Baby Love, Justify My Love, Your Love Is King
When every shade looks good on me, I know we have a winner and most of these would look good on any skin tone. If I had to pick favourites I’d probably go with I Will Always Love You and Love Hangover but they’re all gorgeous.
I’ve been using Clinique’s 3-Step system in one way or another since I was in high school but my issue with it was that the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion wasn’t hydrating enough for my skin. I know people love it but with my combination skin, it was never strong enough to get rid of my dry patches. The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream has made a huge difference.
Of course it’s still the iconic yellow that everyone associates with the Dramatically Different products and it literally looks like soft butter. Unlike the lotion, the cream is a little thicker but it absorbs instantly (you could say it melts into your skin). I noticed the moisture level go up in my skin pretty much right away and you just need to use a little because it spreads really well. I honestly can’t wait to use this cream in the winter when my skin gets extremely dry. I finally have a Clinique moisturizer to use with the rest of the 3-Step system.
We’ve already posted about how much we love Swedish brand FOREO’s silicone toothbrush ISSA and now we’re onto their face cleansing device LUNA. While most of us are used to washing our faces with our hands, washcloths, or facial brushes, all of those can trap bacteria and cause bigger issues later on. Especially if you have sensitive skin. The LUNA is made of silicone, so it’s anti-bacterial and doesn’t build up anything that can cause breakouts and skin irritation. I have combination/sensitive skin, so I could’ve used any of the full size LUNA’s but I chose the sensitive because I figured that was my biggest issue.
The front of the LUNA has both thin and thick silicone points and they’re really soft. It’s so easy to use, you just apply whatever cleanser you want to your face and run the LUNA over your face for two minutes. There are adjustable speeds, so you can get a softer or harder scrub depending on what you want.
The back of the LUNA is really interesting because it’s for anti-aging. You apply your serum and rub it in with the soft lines.
I love a lot of things about the LUNA ie: rechargable, long battery life, easy to travel with. There is a downside though. Because it’s so gentle, I don’t get a good scrub that I want sometimes and you can’t use any kind of exfoliating face wash, clay cleanser or scrub with it. But it’s changed the way I wash my face and I’m definitely noticing a difference in my skin.
It’s been years since I’ve used Rimmel nail polish and I hadn’t heard great things about Rita Ora’s last polish collection with them but I’m always up for trying new nail polish so when we received three of Rita Ora’s new 60 Second Super Shine Nail Polish, I tried them on almost immediately. Right away I noticed how huge the brush was, and while I don’t like big brushes, I can deal with them. But the bottle is pretty small, so it was definitely messy. I don’t know if these actually dry in 60 seconds because I used Seche Vite top coat over them but I did notice they were pretty dry when I went in for a second coat of polish.
I’ve worn quite a bit of orange based polish this summer but Tangerine Tent is probably my least favourite, it just has too much yellow in it. The formula didn’t help much. It was really patchy and even a top coat didn’t help it level out that much.
I love this name of this one so much. The formula was much better for this dark reddish pink. It could’ve been a one-coater but I wanted a little more opacity. I feel like this is a good transition into fall shades.
I would’ve never guessed that this bright baby pink would’ve been my favourite but I really love it. The formula wasn’t bad, it was a little patchy but the second coat fixed that well enough. I do wish all of these self leveled better. If I had gotten this shade in May, I would’ve worn it all summer.
Overall the polish isn’t bad, but it’s definitely not as great as I hoped for. There are five more shades in the collection and I think I’m going to need to get my hands on Bestival Blue because it looks so pretty.
I’ve used bronzer and spray tans and tanning oils on myself many times at home without issue. This year for the first time, I had a bad experience. I’m not here to insult the product that gave me the horrible streaky tan. I don’t blame that product or hold ill will. Instead, I want to talk about the product that saved me from an embarrassing time: Bioderma Photoderm Autobronzant Moisturizing Tanning Spray!
It was the day after I applied my bad tanning cream when I first noticed how weird I looked. My self tan was streaky and splotchy. There were weird lines on my legs, patches of not tanned skin on my arms and a big dark spot on my neck. I quickly rifled through my drawers looking for anything promising a great tan. My biggest problem was that I didn’t want something that would enhance the problem and make it more obvious. It needed to be subtle. That was when I found the Bioderma Tanning Spray in the bottom of my drawer. I had owned this moisturizing tanning spray for a while, and only tried it once. Since I remembered that it didn’t make my skin really dark, so I thought this could be it.
The Bioderma Tanning Spray is an aerosol spray. Most tanning products are oils, mousses or other products, so this was very different. The spray is very wide, almost like hair spray. Because of this when you apply it, the spray can sometimes get everywhere. I wouldn’t recommend applying this on or near a white floor or sheets. It tends to get everywhere.
It’s really easy to apply otherwise. You can just spray the tanner on clean, dry and moisturized skin. There is no trick to this tanning spray unlike so many others.You just have to spray it over your skin and leave it. This spray is very light on your skin and dries really fast, so you don’t need to worry about a lot of time to dry off.
I used this spray every day for three days, and by the third day my skin looked normal again. Bioderma had saved me! I could wear shorts again. I didn’t have to flip my hair in any weird way.
Now, I keep a bottle of Bioderma handy. This aerosol is perfect for enhancing a light tan, filling in gaps that your tan didn’t reach or extending your vacation tan. I can’t wait for the end of summer so I can put it to the test.
I’m starting to really look forward to my Birchbox arrival every month. They keep adding brands and the point system is fantastic (I already redeemed 300 points and got a $27 product for free. August’s theme was Soak It Up and the box itself was adorable. If you haven’t tried Birchbox yet, for $14.95 CDN/Month you get five deluxe beauty samples. You can find more information here. Here’s what was in my box this month.
with my first glance at the insert card I got really excited, no shampoo this month! Plus the only repeat brand is LAQA & Co. and this is a completely different product from the Lip Lube I’d gotten before.
amika Un.Done Texture Spray
I’m so happy I received this spray instead of the mask. This is supposed to give you volume and shine and I can definitely use that with the craziness this humidity is doing to my hair.
Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy in Gardeners
I’m always down for a hand cream and this one is really rich but absorbs almost instantly and didn’t leave me greasy. It has a nice, herbal scent. I’m going to be hoarding this for winter.
LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip in Humble Brag
Part of the Charm School Kit, these new creamy, matte lip balms are much more to my liking than their Lip Lubes. They go on pretty dry but are creamy and comfortable. I was hoping to get this pink shade from the trio and I wasn’t disappointed with the pigmentation or wear time. I wish I could buy these individually but hopefully that’s coming.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
At first I was thrown off by how long that name is and figured I had enough skin care that I could throw this in my give away drawer but then I read the insert card. This is for acne and aging at the time plus it shrinks pores? Sold.
Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask
If there’s one fail with Birchbox’s beauty profile, it’s that there isn’t anything about tanners or bronzers. I don’t tan or self tan and I’m almost exactly as pale in August as I was in March. Luckily Stephanie loves stuff like this so she can have it but I wish there was a way to never get a tanner or bronzer again.
For the most part I love this box. It has a nice variety of skin care, makeup and hair products and with the exception of the mask, I’ll use them all. It seems like Birchbox Canada keeps adding new things so if you haven’t signed up yet,now might be a good time.
I thought I had gone through all the summer nail polish I was going to get until I had a surprise package arrive from Ceramic Glaze. I love Ceramic Glaze so I’m always happy to get more but we’d already gone through Stunning Soiree (spring) and Summer Bloom (summer) but I had no idea Tahitian Sunset, a summer neon collection, was even a thing. This late summer collection has four new polishes (we received two) and four older polishes. Of the older polishes we already reviewed Watermelon Cooler, I’m On Island Time and Exotic Dragon Fruit in last summer’s Island Paradise collection. Here are two of the new shades and one that’s new to me.
This neon lime green is one of the brightest shades I’ve tried all summer. It’s almost blinding but very cool at the same time. Two coats got me full coverage but the formula is a little on the chalky side.
One of the things I’ve come to expect from Ceramic Glaze is a flawless formula. It’s Electric is one of the exceptions. It was really difficult to work with. There was patchiness and uneven spots but two careful coats later, I got a decent looking result. This neon coral really grew on me and after wearing it for almost a week, not only did I love it but there was zero tip wear.
How long has this neon turquoise been in stores and how have I never tried it before? This is one of my favourite shades of the whole season. It’s very sheer so you have to build up to the opacity you want (swatch is three coats) but it’s a satin finish so it dries extremely fast and you don’t have to worry about it getting clumpy.
I love a surprise collection and since this one included Mermaid’s Tale that made me even happier. Ceramic Glaze can surprise me whenever they want.
The summer we often forget about our skin, but a good mask can help bring back some moisture and smoothness after long days out in the sun. If you want to pamper yourself, try these interesting new masks.
Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch – I’ve been spending late nights on the patio to take advantage of every minute of the warm weather. I found these little eye patches to erase the evidence of these late nights. Made for brightening eyes and reducing the look of stress and fatigue, these gel eye patches from eyeko are the next step in reducing bags. The gel patches are gooey and damp to apply. You leave them on for 30 minutes, so get ready with a show on Netflix to pass the time. I found they never quite stuck to my face, so I had to stay still and keep adjusting them to be in the right place. They are cooling, so if you want to soothe puffy eyes, these will definitely help. They are also very moisturizing, so they would be great for dry skin. For everything else, I’m not so sure. I didn’t notice a big change in any dark circles or fatigue. It didn’t hurt to try though, and I caught up on the next episode of Modern Family.
The Face Shop Paraffin Nutrition Nail Pack – This summer has been rough on my nails. I have been breaking them playing sports and digging in the garden. I’ve never heard of masks for my nails, but I am willing to try almost anything in the name of beauty. I thought these would be a full glove. I was surprised to see the little finger covers in the package. They were really moist and slippery and kind of hard to get on by myself. I made it work though and sat enjoying another episode of Modern Family while my nails soaked in the moisture. My fingers were left with an oily and slightly sticky feel after removing the pads that I couldn’t quite clean off. I tried to give myself a manicure after, but the nail polish didn’t want to stick to my newly moisturized nails. Whether the mask actually helped strengthen my brittle nails only time will tell, but it definitely gave my cuticles a much needed moisturizing and they look great!
Hada Labo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask – All the way from Japan this face mask is packed full of moisturizer. After long days on the beach, my face could use it! This cotton mask is packed with a full bottle of anti-aging serum. You might think they are exaggerating, but they aren’t. There is so much moisturizer all over this mask. When you put it on your face, it is soft, wet and cooling. My face isn’t that dry, so this mask was a bit overkill for me. When I removed the mask I was supposed to just rub in the moisturizer, but not rinse it off. I followed the instructions, but part of me really wanted to wipe it off. The next day my face was still extremely moist. This will be great to keep around for those dry winter months.
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Exfoliating Firming Tea Mask – There is something to be said about a face mask that is quick and easy, especially when your summer days are so busy. This little tube of firming face mask is packed full of four different teas and coffee just like you will be drinking to relax. This mask is very thin compared to most others, so it takes more to give your face good coverage. It doesn’t harden like you imagine if you have used a lot of other face masks. Even though it’s thin, this makes gives your face a soft finish in just 10 minutes. It’s perfect as part of your prep to get ready for a busy day or night on the town, even if you don’t have a lot of time.
I love a lip crayon, it’s my favourite way to put on lipstick but most of them are matte and can be a little drying and when you add a lip balm the results aren’t necessarily the ones you want. Cover Girls new Jumbo Gloss Balm Creams (there are sheer ones too) are the perfect combination of lip crayon, lip balm and colour.
I love how easy they are to use and how creamy they are. We tried shades Caramel Cream (a medium nude) and Strawberry Frappe (bright pink) and while I liked both of them, Strawberry Frappe is by far my favourite. They feel like a balm while you’re applying them but the pigmentation is pretty great. You get a pop of colour while your lips are being moisturized.
Caramel Cream, Strawberry Frappe
Since these are balms, the wear time is pretty minimal but actually longer than I expected. Since they’re so creamy though, reapplying isn’t an issue.
If you need a change from matte lip crayons, you should probably try these.