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Makeup Most Wanted June 2018

It seems like the weather in Toronto went from winter to middle of summer in two days. As a result June was hot and sticky and the products I loved the most definitely reflected that.

Live Clean Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo

Like my skin, my hair goes a little crazy in the summer. My roots get incredibly oily and itchy and my hair just dries out. Live Clean’s Rebalancing Shampoo has done a really good job of keeping my scalp itch free while moisturizing my ends. The combination of three mineral clays (Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Bentonite) along with apple cider, witch hazel and tea tree have really succeeded in balancing out my head where other products have failed. There’s a matching conditioner that I use along with it but the shampoo is really the star.

L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Moisturizing Body Foam

I really look forward to the new verbena products that L’Occitane releases every summer and this Moisturizing Body Foam might be my favourite yet. I’ve used a few body foams in the past but nothing that’s ever blown me away or seemed like more than a gimmick. L’Occitane’s version however is both cooling and extremely hydrating. It’s like a hair mousse in texture and a little goes a long way. The iconic L’Occitane verbena scent is perfect for summer (and keeps the bugs away) and it’s really easy to throw in a bag if you’re going to the beach or on a road trip.

Beautycounter Color Intense Lipstick in Brunch

I’m generally a matte liquid lipstick person but in the summer I like things a little lighter. This lipstick has insane colour payoff, I got full coverage in one swipe and even when I blotted it down a bit, I still have a ton of colour. There are eight Color Intense shades but my favourite is Brunch, a tawny pink with a hint of coral that comes out when it blots down. Beautycounter calls this long wearing and while it’s a lot better than some creamy lipsticks, you’ll definitely have to reapply. That said, this lipstick is incredibly creamy and comfortable and there’s peppermint oil in it that keep your lips feeling cool. And I love that Beautycounter doesn’t have a whole lot of crap in their products.

Invisibobble Magic Mermaid in Ocean Tango

Onto another one of my all time favourite products. I love Invisibobble so much that I haven’t used another kind of hair tie in about a year. These keep my hair secure and I don’t get headaches from them like I do with other hair elastics. For the summer they’ve released the Magic Mermaid collection that changes colour in UV light. There are two shades; Ocean Tango (light blue to dark blue) and Coral Cha-Cha (pale pink to hot pink). I love the Ocean Tango colours and even though I can’t see it changing colour, it’s fun to know that it does.

Body Fantasies Hearts & Daisies

When the weather is hot, I tend to like a body spray over a perfume since they’re generally lighter. And just in time for summer, Body Fantasies have released Hearts & Daisies, a light, fruity and floral scent. With notes of green apple, pink peony, daisy and creamy woods, this is a great summer body spray.

Summer Perfume Most Wanted

Clean Fresh Linens

I honestly don’t know how Clean does it. Every perfume that they make is very specific and right on target. The yellow bottle came to me at the perfect time. It smells like sheets that have been hanging out on the line and put on the bed still warm from the sun. Or fresh warm towels out of the dryer after having a long bath. Unlike other perfumes that have notes of different fruit or florals, this scent is multi-sensory. It’s all about memory and the feeling that it gives you. It’s giving me the feeling of wanting to relax.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Twinkle

Marc Jacobs has developed a new limited edition version of his classic Daisy perfume once again. Daisy is one of my all-time favourite perfumes, like so many other people. I have found that most of the updated versions of the perfume were too light for my tastes. This time, Marc Jacobs has added wild berries and violet to give the perfume a sweet start. It smells a bit more interesting than previous versions of Daisy. It feels like something that would be great for those hot night in August, when you want a rich, but summery perfume.

Thierry Mugler Angel Shooting Star

This limited edition perfume bottle is really impressive when you see it. It’s a bit impractical to actually store, since it doesn’t stand up, but nevertheless it looks amazing! The perfume is spicy and sweet, not what I imagine when I hear the name Angel. The notes of bergamot and patchouli really stand out to me with the sweeter elements being more subtle underneath. It does finish much sweeter, so don’t judge this book by its cover. It’s intriguing and mysterious, maybe great for a late night dinner on the patio with someone special.

Chloe Nomade

This is probably the most elegant perfume that I’ve ever owned. It makes me think of designer runways, chic tailored clothes, expensive shoes and handbags. This is what I imagine Anna Wintour smells like. Unlike other Chloe perfumes, this one has something more raw about it. It isn’t floral and feminine. It has wood tones, without being musky. There is some type of fruit hidden in there, but no one would ever say this is a fruity scent. This is the scent of a modern woman who owns the boardroom and cocktail hour. It’s not just a summer scent, but potentially a new classic.

Stella McCartney Peony

I’ve been using Stella by Stella McCartney as a go-to fragrance for years and it’s the scent I get complimented on the most. That said, I haven’t tried any of the other Stella scents including the previous incarnation of Peony. This new version is a gorgeous woody floral with peony, black pepper, cedar, amber, patchouli and a few others. Peony isn’t quite as girly a scent as Stella is, but it’s interesting and a little daring. While I could wear Stella anytime of day, Peony is more for nights out. It’s a delicious smelling addition to my summer scents and the rest of the year as well.

Intense Winter Skin Care Most Wanted

How do you keep your skin moisturized in cold weather? This winter has been cold, really cold! Your skin is probably feeling it, just like mine. There isn’t much of a secret weapon, but hopefully theses more intense skin care products can give your dry skin a little moisture and help this winter.

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue – Get serious with dry skin with this moisturizing duo for day and night. This Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue set leaves you with silky feeling skin all day. I love how plump and moist my face feels after just a few uses. The night moisturizer has a soft lavender scent that is relaxing for the end of a long day.  Both of the moisturizers absorb quickly, but leave your face feeling cool and refreshed. It’s also a great price, because no one should have to deal with dry skin.

M-61 Power Glow Body Butter – Your regular body butter might moisturize, but they don’t have the power of this skin care product. This body butter is super strengthened to re-texturize and smooth bumps on the skin. It also does the regular moisturizing things and packed with aloe, it helps to even the skin tone. It doesn’t smell the greatest, but beauty comes with some sacrifices. This is one I will take.

Nia24 Pro-Niacin Powered Skin Care – You will have to head to the dermatologist for this next skin care line, but if you have sensitive skin it’s worth the trip. This new skin care collection is made with some serious behind it. All you need to know is that it protects and repairs against environmental and age damage. Some of my favourites in this wide range include the soft Gentle Cleansing Cream, the Eye Repair Complex and the Sun Damage Prevention Sunscreen.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – My hands are suffering the worst in this cold weather. Neurogena must have seen this cold weather coming because their Norwegian Formula Hand Cream couldn’t come at a better time. This super thick cream is for extreme dryness and chapped broken hands. You only need a little everyday to help repair. Even my boyfriend who works outside in the cold was addicted to this hand cream. It’s definitely a winter must!

Nivea Body Oil

We’ve all known for years that body oil is great for you skin in so many ways. Nivea is finally joining this game with their own body oil. I feel like for the most part this category doesn’t have many big brand names, but instead cult products. It will be interesting to see how the Nivea Body Oil holds up in the long run.

Nivea’s Body Oil has a light perfumed scent. I do hope that they bring out an unscented version, because I would rather have more natural smelling oil.

Nevermind the smell though, because it’s more about the oil performance on the skin. I love that the bottle releases this body oil only a few drops at a time. There is minimal risk of pouring out too much. It goes on the skin really smooth. It dries much quicker than I expected. As long as you don’t use too much, it doesn’t even leave any type of residue on your skin and hands. It just leaves your skin with a natural looking glow.

I can’t speak to the effectiveness of reducing stretch marks or firming the skin. If it works like other body oils though, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Those are fairly common benefits of using oils.

Nivea impressed me with their Body Oil, but people already have their favourites, so I don’t know if they will be willing to make the switch.

Be Yourself With Avon Eau De Toilette

I’ve just discovered some adorable and affordable perfume from Avon that are going to look great on your makeup table. Be Fun, Be Romantic and Be Daring Eau de Toilette are light and fresh perfumes that anyone can appreciate.

I love the bottles for their adorable prints. I almost don’t even care what they smell like. The colourful dots on Be Fun, pink hearts on Be Romantic and purple arrows on Be Daring are perfect for displaying.

Be Fun is the lighter of the three scents in my opinion. It has a refreshing pear scent to it off the top that is light and clean. It smells a bit like what I imagine a pear mimosa would smell like if you could bottle it up.

Be Romantic is a rose based scent. This one smells like someone’s idea of a sexy and feminine perfume for the sweet feminine women. The problem with it for me is that it isn’t really sensual or sexy at all. It has too much rose. It almost makes it smell fake and chemically. I far prefer the Be Fun fragrance from Avon.

Be Daring is a combination of bergamot, magnolia and musk and while I usually hate the smell of bergamot, I love this scent. The fruity, floral fragrance is unique and fun.

These perfumes don’t last a really long time on your skin. But you have to also remember that they are just $26 each! I have slightly lower standards for perfume when it’s that affordable, plus I don’t mind if I also use it as a room spray.

Essence Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Topcoat

Let me tell you a tale of this little Essence mascara: The Forbidden Volume Mascara. This review started out very differently.

I received this essence product in a bag full of eye makeup for a glam night out. It had silver eyeliner and liquid liner. Everything a girl could ever want for serious drama. That’s why I was so surprised when I applied this to my lashes. There was no drama here. My lashes looked weak.

I downgraded this to a day product, but still wasn’t thrilled. After 2 or 3 coats, it would work as my office makeup look, but I don’t like having to work so hard for this.

I used this mascara for weeks. For some reason I wasn’t willing to give up on it. The colour was great on my eyes. I liked that it wasn’t waterproof, but stayed put. It came off easily at the end of the day. It never irritated my eyes. It was a bit clumpy sometimes, but I could usually clean the wand to fix it.

Finally it came time to write this review. I brought the Essence mascara to my computer. I started writing. I wanted to make sure that I got the name correct, so I looked at the package. Essence Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Topcoat. Wait a minute! Topcoat? I had no idea it was a topcoat. The instructions on the side of the bottle say to apply it over your favourite mascara.

You mean this is to enhance your favourite mascara? I was never supposed to wear this alone! This changes everything. As a top coat, this essence mascara is perfect to add thickness and colour to your lashes. As a bonus, you can also wear it as your daytime mascara in a pinch. 😉

October Makeup Most Wanted

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Cake Beauty Rush Brush Dry Shampoo Powder Volumizing Brush – I love dry shampoo, but I have always been more drawn to spray shampoos over powders. I’ve used a number of powder dry shampoos, but I always had a big problem with applying powder to my hair. The Rush Brush fixed that. This powder has a brush attached to it, so that you can brush it into your hair. The powder has a bit of a sweet smell and a little golden shimmer, but nothing that will be irritating or change the colour of your hair. I am having so much fun with this powder. Bonus it’s small and easy to travel with!

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No 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum – I’m not a huge fan of serums, but No 7’s advanced serum is more than just your average serum. My main issue with serums is that the request too much dedication. This serum has more going on than just long term effects. This one also gave my face serious moisture when I applied it. It absorbs really quickly and leaves my skin feeling surprisingly smooth. My skin felt amazing just days after using it.

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Biotherm Aquasource Everplump – When I do turn to a moisturizer, this is one of the ones that I always keep close at hand. Biotherm makes one of the best moisturizers on the market. Their gel moisturizer actually changed the way I think about my skin. It doesn’t surprise me that I love the Everplump variety of one of my favourite moisturizers. From the new plumping formula to the smoothing feel to the pine scent, it all combines to leave my face looking beautiful and feeling great.

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Clinique City Block Purifying Collection – I have loved the new Clinique charcoal clay-based  collection this fall. There is a cleansing gel and a mask + scrub and both have a fun black colour that are fun to use. The gel cleanser is for everyday use. It’s really thick and, well, gel-like in its consistency. You will need a lot of water to get a good lather and texture on your face. I found it easier to use in the shower. The payoff is great, because your face feels clean and soft. For a deeper clean try the scrub. This one is great to use as a mask, because you can feel it working on your skin as it dries. I don’t know about you, but nothing beats a good clay mask in my books.

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Bosley Healthy Hair Rebalancing & Finishing Treatment – This bottle of hair oil doesn’t look pretty or fancy. That’s why it took me so long to use it. Once I read the bottle I was impressed by everything it claimed to do. You can use it on damp hair, dry hair or your scalp. I’ve had scalp issues for months, so I knew I had to try it. And now I will never go back! Rubbing this oil into my scalp after a shower helped my head stop being so dry and itchy after just two uses. I have been suffering for months and the solution was in this little bottle. The bonus is that I can use it on the rest of my hair to make it smooth and shiny. Thank you Bosley!

Summer Frizzy Hair Most Wanted

Toronto’s humidity really isn’t conducive to good summer hair. The amount of frizz we’ve come up with has been pretty scary, so these are our Most Wanted summer products for combating the evil frizz.

Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Renewal Deep Conditioner
Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
When the summer leaves my hair extra dry and frizzy, I have been replacing my regular conditioner with this special deep conditioner. I like that I can just swap this into my regular routine without having to make any big changes. You can use it daily or weekly depending on what your hair needs. My hair’s pretty thick, so I used it at least once a week, but I can see how it could weigh down lighter hair. My hair looked great while using it, so I am keeping it close at hand for emergencies.

Kérastase Laque Couture Hairspray
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This hairspray is great for people who aren’t sure what they really need for their hair. The spray is a very fine mist that is easy to start light and layer it on in stages. I found that it dried in my hair extremely quickly, so I wasn’t just spraying blindly. It’s easy to spray and then instantly know if you need a little more. The first time I used this I misjudged the power and sprayed a bit too many layers. Trust Kerastase and know that it has got you covered.

Kérastase Keratine Thermique Smoothing Taming Milk
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This summer has been rough on my hair. It has been frizzier than usual from day one. There was no question that I was in need of this! This Kerastase Milk is easy to. All that you have to do is apply it to your towel dried hair. It says to apply extra on really dry parts, which for me was pretty much my entire head. Then you have to blow dry it. I opted to straighten it as well to ensure my waves we sleek. My hair looked awesome and stayed manageable for almost an entire week. At about the 5 day mark I hit it with some dry shampoo and knew the magic was over. Five days of easy to control hair is better than none!

Sebastian Dry Clean Only Instant Refreshing Spray
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This dry shampoo from Sebastian is for serious emergencies only! It’s for days when your hair needs a real pick-me-up. It does have a very light, almost white colouring, so be ready to brush it through well. I love how well it absorbs all of the oil in my hair, but it is strong, so save it for the worst days.

Fave 4 Up For Air
Fave 4 Up For Air
I air dry my hair 99% of the time and I haven’t had a ton of luck with air dry creams in the past. So when we received a travel sized version of Fave 4’s Up For Air air dry cream, I didn’t have high expectations. Boy was I wrong. This stuff is amazing! You only need a tiny bit to run through your hair and just let it work while your hair dries. My hair hasn’t been crunchy or sticky since I started using it and it has a really nice tropical smell. My frizz has cut down significantly and I’m already on the hunt for a full size version.

 

Summer Sunscreen Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

Biotherm Body Milk Sun Protection
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Moisturizer meet sunscreen. With an SPF rating of just 15, this isn’t the kind of sun protection that you are going to wear on a trip out to the beach. For those days, we have stocked up on lots of serious sun protection. This is the super moisturizing body product that also happens to protect your skin while you’re out. I love it for work days when I will probably be indoors most of the time, but still want protection. It will also be great for the winter when you sometimes forget to wear sunscreen. It does have a tangy lemon scent that smells a bit like cleaning products, so be sure to have perfume ready if you aren’t crazy about lemons.

Clarins Sun Care Milk-Lotion Spray
Clarins Sunscreen Care Milk-Lotion Spray
I’ve had some bad luck with spray sun screen this summer. None of them have the right spray with the right power. Clarins is getting closer to perfection with their milk-lotion. The spray is a bit weird. It doesn’t spray evenly, so you have to spread it around. The SPF is also just 20, so it’s not strong enough for many people I know. That said, everytime I wore it my skin was totally protected. I didn’t burn anywhere and started to feel really confident in this sunscreen. It goes to show sometimes you have to give things a chance.

Garnier Ombrelle Sport Endurance Sunscreen
Ombrelle Endurance Sport Sunscreen
It’s been so hot this summer that you need a sunscreen that is going to last through everything. Garnier’s new sunscreen is not just water resistant, but also sweat resistant. I love how quickly it absorbs into my skin and it doesn’t leave any weird residue. My skin still feels like my skin.

Banana Boat Sun Comfort Sunscreen Lotion
Banana Boat Sun Comfort Lotion
Somehow I’ve made it this long without ever using Banana Boat sunscreen lotion. It might be one of my new faves now. I love the faint smell. I love how it makes my skin feel moisturized. I love how strong it is to protect me from the sun. I’m not sure how I feel about the claim that sand will brush off easily. While I’ve only used it at the pool, I doubt that this is true. Regardless it’s still my new favourite sunscreen.

Mac Cosmetics Spring Most Wanted

Mac Cosmetics is always on point, but this season more than ever before I am in love their new products. I was going to write a bunch of different posts about each product, but if you are heading to Mac this season I wanted you to have one place to go for everything.

MAC Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush
MAC Zac Posen Haute Contour Powder Blush
First of all, the name! Yes on all levels! Second, the colours! They make me want to be on a beach somewhere. The bronzer is dark and golden and dreamy. The blush is pink and shimmery. I appreciate that this is a light pink without a hint of coral. It is perfect for contouring your face for a sculpted look, but it can also be used in any of your looks. I like that it’s so versatile to work with your look.

Mac Brooke Candy Eye Gloss in White-Yin and Black-Yang

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Rapper Brooke Candy is back for another collection with Mac and this one is daring. Honestly, a lot of this collection makes me feel old. I just don’t think I can pull off dark purple lipstick at my age. The Eye Gloss is very cool though. Transform any regular eye shadow with a top coat of this glossy finish. There is a white and black, so that you can choose whether you want a darker look or a shimmery light look. It stays gloss to give you that wet eyeshadow look. It’s a weird sensation to live with. I’m not sure how I feel about having sticky wet eyelids, but the look is very cool!

Eye Shadow X 9: Dusky Rose Times Nine Palette
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If you’re more of a traditional eye shadow girl, the Eyes On MAC is all you’ll ever need shadow wise. We already tried one when they first came out and now they’ve added more shade combinations. Dusky Rose is my favourite for spring (although Pastel Times Nine is a close second) because it’s just so pretty. You have everything from pink to brown to silver that all are rose tinged. I also love these palettes because you get so many look options in one place and they’re so affordable that you can pick up multiple shades if you want.

All The Right Angles Contour Palette
MAC All The Right Angles Contour Palette
At first, I wasn’t really sure how to use this contour palette. I needed to look it up to see what each of the pots contained. Once I had mastered the idea, I became absolutely obsessed with this palette. The Cream Colour Base is such a nice product. I don’t even need foundation with this. It has a bit of a shimmer and leaves my face looking amazing without a lot of work. Then I add on sculpting and shaping powders to shape my face and give me those cheek bones I wasn’t born with. This might be one of the best products that I’ve ever owned, let alone the best of the season.

MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash
MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara
Take your lashes from straight to ultimately twisted with this new mascara. The mascara is the same quality mascara that you expect from MAC, it’s the wand that you will want to talk about. This mascara wand is flexible, so you can bend it up to 90 degrees. This means you can apply mascara to all of your lashes a LOT easier without having to be a contortionist to do so. I don’t do as well with change, so it’s going to take me a while to get used to apply mascara from a new angle. It’s such a cool design and I can just imagine how this will change things for makeup artists.