I don’t wear foundation very often but when I do I need a primer under it so my skin doesn’t dry out and flake. Luckily there are so many amazing ones to choose from and it seems like they all do different things. These are my most wanted primers.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish
This one might seem obvious. It’s a cult favourite and probably the most well known primer out there but there’s a reason for that. It works. It goes on smoothly and helps keep your makeup in place. It’s the first primer I’d ever used and I still keep some around at all times.
Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Dullness
This one is pretty new to me and I don’t know how I lived without it. It feels amazing going on and your skin feels soft all day. It looks pink out of the tube but doesn’t really leave a colour on your skin. Instead it brightens up your complexion and leaves you glowing, even under makeup. This is my absolute favourite on the list.
Rimmel Stay Matte
I use this one alone on days that I’m a little shiny. It does exactly what the name says, it stays matte all day. It’s not heavy and you’ll forget you have anything on your face but the shine is gone.
Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer
I use this one two different ways. The first is under foundation as a primer that adds a little glow. The second is as a spot highlighter. It does both really well. Use it sparingly though, it highlights a lot.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This is the best primer I’ve tried for eyeshadow. Once you put your shadow on over it, it’s there until you take it off. And in a few cases that’s been the next day. There really isn’t enough I can say about this primer. If you have problems with eyeshadow fading or creasing give it a try.
There are so many more primers I haven’t tried yet and more that I have but these are my most wanted picks.
I hate when nighttime skincare routines end up having 10 different steps and take forever. If you’re wearing a lot of makeup (especially eye makeup) it can take a couple cleansing cloths to get it all off and then you’re supposed to wash your face afterwards. And if you have sensitive skin it becomes so much more difficult.
Enter Bioderma’s Sensibio H20. This micelle solution took your multi step routine to get your makeup off and clean your skin into 1 step. It only took 1 cotton pad soaked in this stuff to get off all my makeup, even the stubborn mascara that never completely comes off was gone. And my eyes didn’t burn. All you have to do is pat down your face after and you’re onto the next thing in your regime.
The fact that my super sensitive skin didn’t sting or turn red is getting this product a permanent place in my skincare collection.
If you love spa treatments but find them a little expensive, don’t worry, spa week is coming! If you’re in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton or Ottawa you might want to book off some time April 21-27. Spas in each city will be offering treatments for $50 each (and some of these are originally $300)!
To see what’s offered near you and to book appointments go to http://www.wayspa.com/spaweek. You should probably do it soon because at this price space will probably run out. I wonder how many treatments you’d be able to fit in a week?
One of the things I love most about OPI is that they’re always releasing new products. The sheer tints are meant to be a top coat that changes the colour of the nail polish that you’re already wearing. I saw a video that shows you how to do an ombre effect using only the Sheer Tints so I decided to try it with the I Can Teal You Like Me shade.
The things about the Sheer Tints is that it’s a pretty thick consistency. So using super thin coats took a long time to figure out. There were also the strange thready things that happened every time I took the brush out of the bottle. On my second try at the ombre I figured out a couple things really quickly. Make the coats as thing as you possibly can and wait longer than you think you should between coats (I ended up waiting 10 minutes between each one) and literally don’t move for half an hour after you’re done.
The Sheer Tints are such a cool idea and I love that there’s such an easy way to change up the nail polish you already have. There are 6 shades to pick from so there’s a lot of opportunity for playing around and variety. I’m going to see what else I can do with them.
Here’s a link to the tutorial video if you want to try the ombre.
There are so many neutral palettes coming out lately and I love them but at some point you want a little more variety. Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette is a great alternative. With shades in the brown, pink and plum families along with matte and shimmer shades; there’s something for every occasion. I love that the base shades (White Chocolate and Champagne Truffle) come in a larger size since those are always the ones that run out first.
Not only are the colours gorgeous and long lasting but they’re made with real cocoa which is supposedly good for your skin. And it actually smells like chocolate! Want a quick chocolate fix? Grab the Chocolate Bar palette and throw on some eyeshadow.
I always dreamed of the day when I would grow up and grow out of those inconvenient breakouts. Then I got older and realized that acne never ends! Adult acne is the worst! When you see a break out you are instantly embarrassed and transported back to the horrible days of high school. You are always worried that people will think you don’t wash your face, or eat too much junk food, or are totally stressed. Just because you suffer from adult acne doesn’t mean you want to feel like a kid using the same products on your face to get rid of a zit. Luckily, as an adult there are a whole new group of adult friendly acne fighters that you won’t be embarrassed about using.
Garnier Pure Control
It probably sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. Garnier really does make an affordable and effective acne line that is so simple and foolproof. I got addicted to the Deep Pore Exfoliating Cream Scrub pretty quickly for giving my face a deep clean. They also have this amazing duo that is perfect for on the go. There is the Targeted Gel Treatment and Anti-Pimple Tinted Roller that are discreet treatment and concealer to cover up the redness.
Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot
This targeted blemish control makes fighting acne feel good. The gel is powerful, but is doesn’t dry out your skin or get sticky. It feels like the mature version of your teenage acne fighters.
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control
When I found out that Smashbox was making a primer to help me fight acne and keep my skin clean, I knew there was finally a brand who really understood me. This is really is so much more than a primer for under my foundation. It’s a protecting layer and a salicylic acid acne treatment. It doesn’t even feel like you are fighting acne, just going about your normal makeup routine.
GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment
If your skin needs some serious repair this face mask is your secret weapon. The white version of GlamGlow is a super strong skin cleaning system that will get in your pores and clear out all of those acne causing bacteria. Warning though, this puppy is strong, so girls with sensitive skin need not apply.
Ardency Inn was named one of the top new beauty lines, so you know we had to try out their new Americana collection to see what all of the hype is about. The collection is full of natural hues inspired by the rock and diversity of New York City. This means that while their older collection have been pretty bold, this Ardency Inn line is pretty safe.
All of the lip colours in the line are naturally coloured. So while they were nice, they didn’t really wow me. Don’t get me wrong, they felt nice on, but it was clearly the no lipstick lipstick look. Even if it does look gorgeous, it wasn’t something to get excited about.
The Primer and Custom Coverage Concentrate was another story. It’s rare when a foundation comes with instructions, but that’s how intense this little bottle is. You can’t use Ardency Inn’s coverage concentrate like your regular foundation because it’s not. You need to use a very small amount with their primer (or your everyday moisturizer). You use one or two pumps, mix it all together, and then apply.
Because you are mixing it with the primer, you get a nice applications and smooth finish. It’s still a very intense coverage. This is more like the kind of foundation they use on photo shoots than you want to be wearing every day. I will probably save it for weddings or big nights on the town.
The other option is to use more moisturizer and less concentrate to give you more of a tinted moisturizer feel than foundation. I think this is a better bet for most. That way it will also be well worth the money because it could last a long time and cover up everything.
This winter had been especially harsh on my skin. The never ending cold combined with the dry heat in my house has made us all itchier than usual. Dry patches on our skin seemed to be impossible to cure with regular method.
Fortunately Skinfix is not your regular moisturizer. This is very intense moisturizer for very intense situations.
Skinfix is by far the thickest moisturizer I have ever used. This isn’t just for spread all over to get soft smooth skin. This is for targeting moisturizing of only the driest parts. Their moisturizer is made for people with extreme dry skin issues, eczema, chafing and even for infant diaper rash. It’s thick and doesn’t spread well, but it definitely works.
It gives relief from itchy skin and gets right in there to moisturize your toughest spots. I can’t believe I lived this long without it.
Spring is supposedly on it’s way. But if you can’t wait for warmer weather the scent of Philosophy’s Sunshine Grace will help you get there a little bit sooner. Sunshine Grace really does smell like summer; a little flowery, a little citrusy and a little like laundry drying outside. I’ve tried the firming body emulsion and it goes on smoothly, makes your skin feel really soft and the scent lasts a really long time.
If you need a little summer in your life before the snow melts, Sunshine Grace is definitely the way to go.
I live fairly close to a Bath & Body Works outlet, which is a dangerous combination. Around Christmas you can usually find me waiting in a line that wraps all around the store with a basket overflowing and deciding which things I should give away and what to keep. I understand how all of the scents spilling out around Bath & Body Works can make a person’s olfactory senses get overwhelmed, so here are my most wanted from Bath & Body Works:
Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion – I didn’t like vanilla scented body lotions, until I smelled this. This rich vanilla cream warmed me up from the outside in. I finally understood why girls love this scent so much. Of course, their lotion works wonders on any skin type. It’s perfect for when you first get out of the shower for a lingering small on your skin.
Sweet Pea PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel – When I had pink eye last year, I carried a bottle of this around with me everywhere I went. If you ask women, you will probably be surprised by how many of them carry one of these in their purse.
Coconut Lime Breeze Shower Gel – When I relax in the shower, I love being surrounded by tropical scents that make me feel like I am actually away at some destination. While I love the smell of coconut, I prefer this coconut and lime mixture because it’s different and original.
Cotton Room Spray – My house has had almost every scent of these room sprays at one point or another. They work great to fill a whole room with a quick burst. They tend to be really intense, so now we pick more subtle scents like Cotton so we don’t overwhelm our senses.