Category: Makeup Most Wanted

Sunscreen Most Wanted

It might be the middle of August but since Toronto didn’t really get summer until mid-July, we’re just in the swing of the heat now and there’s plenty more coming before it’s over. We use sunscreen pretty religiously to begin with but the sunnier it gets, the more we use so these are our Most Wanted Sunscreens this year.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60
If you’re anywhere near water or just even sweating a lot, you need a good waterproof sunscreen and Neutrogena’s Beach Defense is my favourite. As long as you reapply often, you can do any kind of activity you want and be covered.
Vichy Ideal Soleil Invisible Mist-Dry Touch SPF 50
Vichy Ideal Soleil Invisible Mist SPF 50
If you like a spray that smells great and absorbs instantly, Ideal Soleil is a great choice. It absorbs so fast you don’t even have time to rub it in and it’s really moisturizing at the same time.
Ombrelle Kids Water Resistant Lotion SPF 50+
Ombrelle Kids SPF 50+
If you have kids or even really sensitive skin you really need a sunscreen that’s hypoallergenic. Ombrelle has been one of my favourite sunscreens for years because it works amazingly well on my sensitive skin, doesn’t have a fragrance and I find the kids’ version works a little better on my extremely fair skin.
Acure Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
Acure SPF 30 Continuous Spray Sunscreen
There aren’t a ton of mineral sunscreens that I like but Acure’s version is one of the exceptions. It’s not an invisible spray, so you have to rub it in but at least you can see where it’s going. There’s also the added bonus of argan oil to moisturize.

Makeup Most Wanted July 2015 – Alyssa’s Picks

July 2015 Most Wanted
Toronto’s in a heatwave this week so I’ve been wearing the bare minimum of makeup but that definitely doesn’t reflect my whole month. These were my necessities for July.
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Pasiphae
This is a brand new shade from NARS for fall and I’ve only seen it in one store on a shopping trip to Buffalo. I must have walked past it six times, each time thinking how pretty it was and how I needed it and boy does it live up to what I expected. I couldn’t get a photo to show how truly gorgeous this shimmery burgundy green is. I love that it’s got completely different finishes when used wet or dry. This is definitely my latest obsession.
Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Blonde
Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Blonde
I definitely don’t fill in my brows nearly as often as I should considering they’re almost white. But I do love a brow pencil and Stila’s Precision Glide in Blonde is perfect for me. It looks completely natural, is easy to use and lasts until I take it off. Which is in this heat is fantastic because who wants to worry about their eyebrows sliding off?
derma-e Microdermabrasion Scrub
derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub
My skin always feels more clogged in the summer because of all the sweating and this scrub makes it feel so much better. It’s really light and gentle but grainy enough that you actually feel it doing something. Plus it only takes a minute and lemon scent is amazing.
Lise Watier Rivages Bronzing Powder
Lise Watier Rivages Bronzing Powder
I’m so fair that half the time even the lightest shades of foundation are too dark for me. So needless to say bronzers don’t really work for me. Rivages Bronzing Powder is one of the first that doesn’t make me look like a Kardashian, so when I want a little colour I use this with a light hand for a nice glow.
Marcelle Cleansing Cloths
Marcelle Cleansing Cloths
Because I don’t want my makeup a sweaty mess in the summer, I use a ton of waterproof products, setting sprays, basically anything that’ll make it stick. That makes taking it off a real job. Marcelle’s Cleansing Cloths are fantastic at letting me take off my makeup without feeling like I’m taking off a layer of skin. These cloths are larger than most so I have more surface area to work with. They’re extremely soft and not too wet. I love that I don’t feel like I have a layer of film on my skin when I’m done and these get off even the most waterproof of mascaras.

Stila Summer ’15 Most Wanted

Stila Summer '15 Most Wanted Boxed
Summer makeup is best when it’s super easy, throw a couple products on and hope they last through the day. It’s even better when you don’t need any tools and can throw them in your purse to apply on the go. Our Stila Summer Most Wanted picks have made our summer looks extremely easy.
Shape & Shade Custom Contour Duo in Light
Stila Shape & Color Custom Contour Duo in Light
I’m extremely fair and I don’t love the whole contour trend in general (Stephanie recently did a post on her favourite contour products), so when this kit was recommended to me I was pretty skeptical. But the shades are actually light enough for me and look natural. It’s really easy to apply with the matching Shape & Shade Custom Contour Brush or you could be really lazy and use your fingers for a lighter contour. If I’m going to even attempt to contour, I reach for this creamy duo.
Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Rosewater
Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Rosewater
If you want a blush that’s basically foolproof, you need to try Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush. It’s a gel blush that comes in a netted pot. I apply it with my fingers and it’s really impossible to mess up. Rosewater is a sheer rose colour that blends in really well with my skin tone and leaves me with a subtle glow. If you like a more dramatic blush you might need a brighter shade but I love the look I get with Rosewater.
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amalfi
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amalfi
I’m already a huge fan of Stila’s Liquid Lipstick and Amalfi’s coral pink is the perfect shade for summer. It’s extremely bright but flattering and it lasts forever without drying out my lips. This has definitely become a staple in my makeup bag.

June 2015 Makeup Most Wanted – Alyssa’s Picks

I can’t believe June is already almost over, these are the products that got me through the month.
Soap And Glory Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths
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In Toronto, with summer comes humidity. And when you have combination skin that can lead to all kinds of pore problems. Soap And Glory’s Fab Pore T-Zone Cloths are the perfect remedy. I usually use them in the middle of the day if I’m not wearing foundation to refresh my skin, unclog my pores and keep my pores looking a little less obvious. These are a summer necessity for any kind of oily or combination skin.
fresh. Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment
fresh sugar nude tinted lip treatment
Both Stephanie and I are huge fans of all the Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment shades but I was really happy they introduced Sugar Nude. You get the same tinted lip balm and SPF 15 but in a really natural shimmery blush nude shade. Perfect for when you want the results but don’t want to go clear or have a bright lip.
Sodashi Balancing Face Mist
Sodashi Balancing Face Mist
I live off of face mists and toners all summer to cool down and refresh my skin. Sodashi’s Balancing Face Mist is my newest obsession along those lines. It’s so cooling and hydrating but also balances out my skin at the same time. I love that the scent isn’t overpowering as well. There’s also a Calming Rose Face Mist that I really want to try.
Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation in Rose Ivory
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation
In the summer I need an oil free foundation because I cause enough shine and glow all on my own.This foundation is a superstar. You use the tiniest bit and get completely full coverage, a matte look and flawless looking skin. The Rose Ivory shade is perfect for my fair skin and blended in seamlessly. For days when I want a lighter look, I mix a drop of this in with my moisturizer and get a perfect tinted moisturizer.
Revlon by Marchesa Runway Collection Manicure Essentials Kit
Revlon Marchesa Runway Collection Manicure Essentials Kit
With all the festivals and outdoor events that happen in the summer, this coral kit nail kit is perfect for fixing your nails on the go. The stunning Marchesa design and high quality cuticle trimmer, nail clippers, file and buffer make it easy to get a great manicure wherever you are.

Micellar Face Cleaners Most Wanted

Regular soap sometimes feels like it’s a thing of the past. Micellar cleansers are the latest and hottest way to clean your face. Micelles are molecules in the cleansers that eat up fatty acids like makeup, dust and anything else on the skin. We tried four top micellar products all with different pros to see who should use which one.

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Quick & Easy – Marcelle 3 In 1 Micellar Solution

The best part about cleaning your face with a micellar solution is how easy it is. Marcelle has made it as easy as you can get with their pump system. Just apply it onto your cotton pad with a couple of pumps and wipe your face clean. It removes your makeup and gets your face clean in seconds.

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Specialized – L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Micellar Gelee Eye Makeup Remover

While other micellar cleaners remove all of your makeup, this one is specialized to only remove eye makeup. This is a gel based remover that is thicker than other micellar products. It’s just as easy though. Less is more with this cleaner as you want to use a little to remove any mascara you have. It’s tougher to remove waterproof makeup, but it still does the trick.

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Au Naturale – Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

If you want something simple and gentle, but still effective this is the cleaner for you. This version of micellar water is easy to use. It’s water based, so you should be careful when you are putting it on the cotton pad, but otherwise it’s so easy to use! You just wipe away your makeup, no rinsing required. This version is great because it has no dyes or perfumes and nothing that can irritate your skin.

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Most Moisturizing  – Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil

This micellar cleaner is the most different from the rest. Unlike the others this oil based cleaner requires you to rinse your face afterwards. It feels silly, but after all of these other no rinse cleanser, this one actually felt like hard work. Unlike the rest, this one leaves your skin feeling much more moisturized than the rest. It leaves your face feeling soft and smooth.

May Makeup Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

Spring is in the air! Here are the products that we have fallen for this May!

The Face Shop Mango Seed Collection

The Face Shop Mango Seed Collection

This Asian skincare line is making a big splash now that they have come to Canada. After using this line of mango seed skincare, it’s obvious why. The cleanser is oil based and gets your face squeaky clean. It almost leaves your skin feeling too dry. Luckily there is an amazing toner that gets my skin feeling normal again. Finish with one of the face butter’s for my favourite feel of the season!

Lush Shampoo Bars

Lush Shampoo Bars

I was pretty sure that a shampoo bar wouldn’t work on my thick, long hair. It seemed like it would be good for short hair, but not long hair. I didn’t know how this would work in my hair. one word: Brilliantly! It lathers up nicely in my hair and makes my air feel super clean. It’ nice because it works just as good on my boyfriend’s short hair. It will be amazing for taking with us on a trip or camping because it’s easy to pack and comes in it’s own little metal container.

Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer Lipstick

Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer & Nude InterLude Color Balm Lipstick

I am including these together, because in my mind they are inseparable. Since I got them, I have been wearing them together each time. The primer is your first step. They make my lips feel fuller and smoother. I found that I had to wait a few minutes to let it dry before the next step. Stila released three shades of nude lipstick for spring and I am in love with the way it feels on my lips. Using the two together makes my lips feel so amazing. The lipstick is creamy, rich, moisturizing and just all over amazing. I wish that I could get this in a few different colours though so that I could have a shade for every mood!

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette

 Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette

I have never fallen in love with a palette as much as I did with this eye shadow palette at first sight. It’s strange. These sugary sweet hues aren’t often my type. There is something about the shimmery hues and bright colours that just captured me. There is the teal ‘Blue Raspberry’, the sparkly purple ‘Sugared Violet’, and the shimmery nude hues ‘Rock Candy’ and ‘Peach Fuzz’. A colour for every day and I love them all!

Spring ’15 Most Wanted Luxe Mascara

Spring '15 Most Wanted Luxe Mascara
We’ve had a chance to try out a ton of new mascaras lately. So many in fact that we had so much trouble narrowing down our favourites that we had to split them into drugstore and luxe categories.

Guerlain Cils D’Enfer So Volume Mascara
Guerlain Cils D'Enfer So Volume Mascara
This mascara is super volumizing without being clumpy. My lashes are a pretty decent length on their own but need help in the volume department and this definitely delivers. It doesn’t hurt that it smells amazing. And unlike typical round mascara tubes, this one is a perfect rectangular pocket size that fits into places better.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
If you’re scared of eyelash curler or know someone who is, Roller Lash is the next best thing. It literally curls every lash and gives great length at the same time. If you’re looking for more volume though, you probably want to use a coat of this and then add your favourite volumizing mascara on top.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Lengthening and Defining Mascara
Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Lengthening & Defining Mascara
Smoky Stretch really gives you some serious length but doesn’t clump at all. It’s quickly become my favourite daytime mascara and I love that my eyelashes look super long and defined but subtle at the same time.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils
I can’t say enough about this mascara. You want volume? You’ve got it. This mascara is supposed to make your lashes look like you’re wearing falsies and it really does. This is literally everything I want in a mascara. This YSL classic mascara has been reformulated for it’s 15th anniversary and comes in six shades. It might be on the pricier side of mascaras but considering how well it works, I’d say it’s worth the money.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!
If you want to really go all out with your lashes but can’t get a handle on fake lash strips, you need to try this set. First you use the gold tubed primer. Then you follow up with two coats of the white lash extension fibres and finish off with another coat of primer. You end up with seriously major lashes. Calling it extreme isn’t an understatement. And for a night out when I want up up my lash game and don’t want to deal with fake eyelashes, this is what I reach for.

Spring Face Masks Most Wanted – Alyssa Tries

Stephanie posted her spring face mask picks yesterday and now it’s my turn. Apparently I like my masks with tea in them.
boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask
boscia Green Tea Mattifying Hydrogel Mask
This mask took a little bit of work to get used to. It’s a sheet mask but it’s got quite a slimy feel to it. Once you get it on properly and let it do it’s thing, it’s amazing. It left my skin feeling amazingly refreshed, and it was definitely mattifying. They’re only $10 CDN at Sephora so I’ve already grabbed another one. This mask comes in two other varieties as well.
StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask
StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask
This mask is probably the most classic of my picks. It applies really creamy and you only need a thin layer so a little goes a long way. It gets drier as it sets and once it’s comes off your skin feels really soft. I almost didn’t want to use moisturizer after. If you have super dry skin, I’d skip this one but for everyone else that wants really soft and glowy skin, you should take a look at this one.
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask
I adore Royal Apothic’s packaging and I love that you can buy this mask in a tub with six tubes or you can buy one individually. This mask isn’t just for your face. You can use it on your mask, neck, hands or anywhere you want a little tightening up. It has a little bit of a grain to it, so you get a good scrub when you’re removing it, which I love.
fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
There are literally no words for how much I love this mask. The texture is so unique, almost like a whipped balm and it’s so refreshing to apply. This mask doesn’t get dry while it sets and even though it says to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, after five my skin just looks seriously fabulous. I don’t know how it works but it does. If you want hydrated, glowing skin you need to try this mask.
Lotus Aroma Pink Clay Soothing Mask
Lotus Aroma Pink Clay Soothing Mask
When my skin gets really sensitive, this is the mask I reach for. The pink clay doesn’t get overly dry but I can feel it really pulling stuff out of my skin, in a good way. the result leaves me with super smooth skin that has way less redness than before.

New Products To Keep In Your Shower This Spring

Spring is a time to update your bath products. Put away the winter products for these fresh spring picks:

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Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser

I love using an exfoliating face wash every time I clean my face, but I know that it’s not really good for my skin. This exfoliator is gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser, but still gives you a good scrub.

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Clear Active Damage Resist Shampoo & Conditioner

This affordable shampoo and conditioner doesn’t just fight dandruff, but also nourishes your skin so that you have stronger locks. While I was using it, I wasn’t overwhelmingly impressed. This was ok, but nothing crazy. It was only after I stopped using it that I noticed a difference. My hair wasn’t as soft and easy to manage as it once was.

lotus aroma body wash

Lotus Aroma Bath & Body Wash

I love body wash that fills the bathroom with rich smells. I’m not even very particular in what the smells are. As long as it mixes with the steam to create a spa like feel, I am in. Lotus Aroma uses natural essential oils to create some of the strongest scented body wash I’ve had the pleasure of using. Be warned that these are very strong, but if you are into strong smells like me, then prepare for some pampering.

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John Masters Organics Body Scrubs

Freshen up and exfoliate the skin all over the rest of your body with these new organic scrubs. There are three scents ‘fresh’ (lemon and lime), ‘refreshing’ (lavender and palmarosa) and ‘sweet’ (raspberry and orange). The scents aren’t as sweet or powerful as you might expect, but that doesn’t make them any less effective. The mixture of sugars and natural oils and butters make these scrubs tough on skin, but also highly moisturizing. It’s great for washing away winter skin.
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Nivea In-Shower Body Milk

If you’re lazy with body lotion, Nivea’s In-Shower Body Milk makes things a lot easier. Just apply in the shower after you’re done with soap, rinse off and you’re done. You don’t really notice how hydrated your skin is until you’re dry and for something to work this well in such a short amount of time is amazing. It comes in three different types, but the Nourishing for very dry skin is my favourite.

Affordable Drugstore Makeup Most Wanted

Some makeup enthusiasts might think a higher price means higher quality, but that is not at all true! Here are some drugstore makeup picks you don’t want to miss. Best of all, you won’t have to dip into your savings to afford them all.

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Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner

If you are sick of dry winter hair that is full of static, Live Clean has a new line of shampoo and conditioner that is full of moisturizing properties. I was a little disappointed that the products didn’t smell more like coconut and less soapy. Regardless that are so creamy and soft your hair. My favourite things about the line is that it is all natural and affordable making me feel good about buying it!

Annabelle Lipsies Fruity Lip Balm

Annabelle Lipsies Fruity Lip Balm

I’ve been carrying one of these scented lip balms in my purse since I discovered them. Because they are scented like fruit, many older people might dismiss them, but they are great. These lip balm sticks help to soften your lips, while providing great colour. You will be surprised by the vibrant colour that you get from these sticks. It’s a colour and softness that I found last quite a long time. Best of all they are just $4.95! I recommend the cherry or coco-vanilla.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte Poreless Powder

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder

If you are feeling a bit shiny, keep this powder handy for some last minute touch ups. The matching foundation is not too bad either, but the powder is really where it’s at! I like that I can get the rest of my makeup done and then add this final powder to stop annoying shine. I keep it handy after work too so I can get a shine touch-up without having to reapply my makeup. It’s under $10 making it a great investment.

Revlon PhotoReady Prime

Revlon PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine

If you need even more shine protection, try starting your makeup routine with this primer. It’s a slick balm that absorbs all of your oil and shine, so that you are ready to face the day. It makes your face feel dry, without drying it out. This primer is the best way to start your day and so much more affordable than most anti-shine primers.

mm-vt-bottlesSally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Polish

Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Polish

If you want a cool manicure without hitting the salon, these nail polishes can give you something really different. Sally Hansen has developed a textured matte polish. It’s supposed to give the appearance of velvet. I’m not sure if I would go that far, but it does look different than many of the other matte polishes on the market. There are some bright spring shades to get you in the mood for the new season.