When I felt in love with bb creams, I was a convert, but Rimmel’s new Stay Matte Foundation has made me remember what a really amazing foundation can do.
Rimmel has created a foundation that stops every problem I worry about when I put on makeup in the morning. I don’t have terrible skin, but I am far from flawless. Rimmel’s foundation makes me feel flawless.
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Before you start, you should note. This foundation is thick and it doesn’t spread and blend well. If you have very dry skin, you might want to avoid it altogether. It is going to reveal every crack and crease with how dry it is on your face. I would recommend a good moisturizer base, which you should be doing anyways.
As I applied this foundation, I saw all of my flaws slowly disappear. The redness in my cheeks was gone. Annoying blemishes on my chin and forehead were hidden. That weird scar from when I was a kid completely vanished. Best of all, it gave me this lovely matte finish. I didn’t need to apply conceals and powder like I do with other bb creams and foundations. I found that I did need a bit of blush or bronzer to give me some colour, but otherwise, I was photoshoot ready!
I was amazed. I truly never thought I would find a foundation that did everything I wanted in one. I didn’t think this was possible. Excuse me while I wipe away a tear of joy!
I don’t generally use gel, I have pretty fine, wavy, frizzy hair and whenever I think of gel, I think of high school and crunchy curls. Luckily Biolage’s Agave Nectar Control gel doesn’t bring back the crunch. Since it’s a medium hold, it helps control my frizz while taming my waves pretty well. And it doesn’t weigh down my hair. The hold lasts a pretty decent amount of time and you really don’t need a lot to get results. I used a dime sized amount in the morning, went out all day and came back with hair at night that was almost what I started with in the morning.
I love that I can use gel again without worrying about stickiness or crunchy hair and that I don’t need to use a lot to get results.
Ipsy is probably my favourite subscription box. It’s not only one of the few American boxes that ships to Canada but for under $20 a month you get a new makeup bag filled with around 5 makeup and beauty products both full sized and deluxe samples. Here are the sneak peeks for April’s Glam Bag. If you want more information on Ipsy or want to sign up go here.
1. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil
2. Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss
3. Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm
4. Starlooks Lip Liner
5. Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain
6. City Color Cosmetics White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse
7. Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow
8. Benefit Lollitint
9. Cover FX Mattifying Primer
10. St. Tropez Gradual Tan
11. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
12. Big Sexy Hair Root Pump
13. Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes
14. St. Tropez Gradual Tan Face
15. Demeter Roll On in Jasmine
16. Coastal Scents Makeup Brush
This bag is sounding pretty glam rock, I can’t wait to see what it looks like!
I love mascara. I have reasonably long lashes but they’re almost white so I usually go for the darkest mascara I can find. For daytime though that can be a little too dark so for Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Infinite Mascara I tried out the Brown shade. This mascara claims that it’s the daring length and volume mascara. Well it’s definitely got the length part down. With only one coat it darkened my lashes perfectly and lengthened them enough that it looked like they almost reached my eyebrows. A couple coats in I got a few clumps, but for an everyday daytime look, one coat is perfect.
When BB Creams first hit the market, I never thought I would replace my foundation. BB creams were being compared to tinted moisturizers and that just wouldn’t do. I didn’t even give it a fair shot the first few times that I used my first bb cream. Slowly, but surely, bb creams won me over. Nowadays I have an unhealthy number of bb creams.
My favourite part about these bb creams is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get something great. Yes, you can splurge on a luxury designer, but you can also get a great affordable version at the drug store. Here are my most wanted bb creams now, stay tuned as I expand my ever growing collection:
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – It’s amazing when I makeup can do so much, but feel like so little. The Smashbox bb cream feels like our natural skin, only better! Unlike many other bb creams, this little bottle lasts all day long. This is the one I save for special occasions.
Clinique Perfecting BB Cream – I love this bb cream, mostly because I forget it’s a bb cream. I think of it like a foundation. I wear it like a foundation. I love it like a foundation!
Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector – This was the very first bb cream I ever tried and it’s still in my top five. I love it because for under $15 you can get great looking skin. Garnier’s BB Cream is like a thin tinted moisturizer. It’s my go to for warm summer days when I don’t want to feel like I am wearing any makeup.
Vichy Proeven BB Cream – Vichy stole my heart with this bb cream because it feels clean on my skin. Everyone knows Vichy for their attention of skincare, so you shouldn’t be surprised that their bb cream is gentle on your face. It doesn’t clog my pores. It’s light enough to be a moisturizer, with the quality of a foundation.
Marcelle BB Cream – Marcelle was my first true bb cream love. This Canadian company made the bb cream that converted me from foundation to bb cream. I will always love this product that is just the right mix of makeup and moisture.
Spring always feels like a time to lighten up a little with makeup and nail polish colours so I’m more than ready for the pastels after the darker shades I always seems to settle on for winter. I’ve never tried Quo by Orly nail polish before so I was excited to try Just Kissed, a pretty, shimmery, pale lilac colour. With two coats I got pretty decent coverage and minimal streaking and the shimmer comes through with a topcoat over it. It’s a perfect shade to start off my spring nails.
Unfortunately when I tried another shade, Birthday Suit (an opalescent shade) the results weren’t so great. I don’t know if it was a bad bottle or just the formulation of the shade but even with three coats the streaking never went away and hours after I applied it I snagged a nail on a zipper and all the nail polish peeled off in a sheet.
There are four other colours in the spring collection, all perfect shades for spring with pinks and peaches. I might have had mixed results with my shades but the prettiness of Just Kissed was worth it.
There are very few things on this earth more relaxing than a great facial. You can imagine my excitement as I headed to the Pure + Simple Spa in Toronto Yorkville neighbourhood for their signature Pure + Simple Facial after a particularly stressful week.
The location is nice, but lacking in a lot of personality, since I know that Pure + Simple is all about their natural products, I expected in interior of the store to say something about that. They did have tons of products though and really friendly staff willing to help me with anything I could possibly want.
I had other plans though and headed in for my facial. I was in for a treat. I don’t have sensitive skin, and I was glad when my face got pampered, but not babied. I really felt like every step of my facial was deep cleaning my skin.
The massage portion of the facial is always the best, but Pure + Simple has the best of the best. I didn’t want the neck and scalp massage to end!
When I left my skin felt so moisturized and dewy. Anyone who has dry skin should pop into Pure + Simple because my skin has never felt so moisturized in my entire life. I was a bit red and splotchy, but that is to be expected when you have had a deep cleaning. More than clean, I felt refreshed.
This is one spa ritual you need to try for yourself.
I’ve been using Soap And Glory’s hand and body creams for a while but I’ve never tried their makeup so trying out their Sexy Mother Pucker (best name ever?) Gloss Crayons was pretty exciting.
As with most gloss crayons, the colour you see on your lips is a lot less scary than the actual colour of the crayons. Nudist is pretty much the perfect nude shade for my super fair skin tone. Fucshia-Ristic is a bright pink perfect for spring days and Plum Jam is a sheer wine shade that’s just dark enough for going out at night but not too dark to make me look gothed out.
These crayons go on really smoothly and aren’t sticky at all but they’re seriously shiny. They actually feel more like a lip balm and I forgot I was wearing them after a while. Any lip product that’s that comfortable and non drying is a win for me and I’ll be using these as long as I can.
I haven’t had the greatest track record with natural hair care lines. In the past these hair care products that are supposed to be more gentle on my hair have left me with unmanageable locks that feel dirty, look dry and greasy and make my scalp itchy. I trusted the Herbal Essences brand enough though to try their new Naked hair care collection.
I am so glad that I made the change. Herbal Essences Naked Shampoo and Conditioner get my hair feeling squeaky clean. I have spent a lot on quality shampoos in the past, but nothing made my hair feel this clean before. I can feel the difference as I rinse my hair. My hair actually squeaks when you rub it. That’s a clean you can’t deny! As an added bonus, I love the fresh grapefruit scent in the shower!
Following up with that you have the Flexible Hold Spritzer to keep your style and volume without weighing your hair down. It gives a barely there hold, so your style will last for a bit. It’s best for natural hair styles. If you have any kind of demanding look, you are going to want to turn to real hairspray. For natural waves though this is perfect.
Finally you have the Dry Shampoo for the next few days. This was actually the only product in the line that I wasn’t crazy about. I found it was weak compared to other dry shampoos. It was very light, but I had to use a lot to make any impact. Regardless, I will keep it around for emergencies. If you are using dry shampoo every day though, I would skip it.
I have to admit I am a bit of an addict to going Naked nowadays and I don’t care who knows it. Herbal Essences Naked collection has made me a convert back to natural hair care proving it is possible.
Remember when manicures were simple? You would wear just one shiny colour on your nails. Now you have a whole list of different options and textures to choose from. OPI’s cool little sister the Nicole By OPI line is getting in on the fun with their new Roughles line.
Nicole by OPI is a little late to the party since everyone else already has a textured nail polish available, so they offered us something a little different. The Roughles nail polish doesn’t just offer a textured colour, but there are flecks of different colour to give it depth. The purple has aqua touches, the yellow has hints of orange and so on. There are many rough nail polishes, but not many have this cool speckled effect when they dry.
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Speaking of the colour, this is possibly the cutest nail polish collection I have ever had the pleasure of owning. The sweet pastel candy colours are perfect for spring. When I did my nail, I felt like I was ready for Easter.
The Nicole by OPI Roughles go on your nails like a dream. They dry really fast and since they have a matte textured finish, you don’t even have to waste time applying a top coat.
I probably don’t need another textured nail polish in my collection, but these Nicole by OPI Roughles are very welcome. If you are looking for a sweet way to celebrate spring, these will definitely do.