Tag: bronzer

Lune + Aster Realglow Bronzing Primer Quick Review

I was excited for the idea of a bronzing primer. It would allow me to skip out on multiple face products for just one that gives me a bronzed glow that also moisturizers. Unfortunately this isn’t my dream come true. The Lune + Aster primer is too thick and leaves a weird residue on my face after application that I just couldn’t ignore. The bronzing is also very dark, so be warned if you want to try it. You may not want to apply all over your face. It is better applied in small areas. My hunt for the perfect all in one product continues.

November Makeup Most Wanted

Where did December go? I know I am a few days late, but this year is going by so fast that I barely had time to blink before we were in the holiday season! If you are looking for some products to get prepped and ready for the holiday season, I’ve got you covered!

Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow Filter Palette

Sephora Collection Colourful Eyeshadow Filter Palette in Sunbleached

I never know what eyeshadow colours to wear during the day at work. This palette has become my new best friend. The colours were inspired by a faded out Instagram filter, which is so much fun, but don’t buy it just because you love taking selfies. It’s the eyeshadow colours that you will really love! From the pale almost white of ‘Swan Song’ to the beige ‘Secret Boudoir’ the neutrals are my new favourite shadow base. After that you get into the pretty colours that will give you a look that is perfect for a workday. There is the shimmery rose of ‘Latergram’, the smoky purple of ‘Swell’, and the trusty brown of ‘#tbt’. I am in love with each and every one. With 10 different colours, there are enough different options for every day of the week.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel & Night Pads

Say goodbye to bad skin with this Nip + Fab skin care collection. If you are tired of fretting over clogged pores, acne and rough skin, you NEED to try these products!!! These are some of my favourite products of the whole year! The Purifying Gel can be applied every night after you clean your face. This gel gives you an extra deep clean by unclogging pores and helping to clear up skin while you sleep. For an even tougher clean, add in the Night Pads a few nights a week for deeper clean. These products include glycolic acid (exfoliates and helps skin tone), salicylic acid (clears pores), lactic acid (removes toxins) and hyaluronic acids (hydrates). They are really amazing for making you feel proud of your skin. Put your best face forward!

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation

Maybelline Better Skin Foundation

If you want to keep up your mission for amazing skin, after using the Nip + Fab collection, use this Maybelline foundation during the day. I haven’t had the best luck with finding the perfect Maybelline foundation until now. This foundation is meant to improve your skin by wearing it. It is supposed to reduce the look of acne, bumps, or redness. The second day that I wore it people started commenting on my skin. They were telling me that my skin looked great. I was getting compliments on my look. When I stopped using it, no other foundation gave me the same fixed and better than normal finish. I won’t be going long without it anymore.

yves rocher holiday nail polish

Yves Rocher Botanical Color Nail Polish Holiday Collection

Yves Rocher’s holiday nail polish collection is stunning. I am so bored with the average sparkly, glittery, gold and red nail polishes for the holiday season. Finally, there is something different. The Yves Rocher nail polish is full of pretty pale pastels with a hint of sparkle. There are also sleek nail polishes with a metallic finish. Frosted Pink, Frosted Green and Frosted Blue have tiny sparkles for a unique glitter finish. They also have a bit of a texture for something more diverse. Pearly Pink and Pearly Purple are smooth and rich. Now I just have to figure out how to pick just one!

honey-bronze-tinted-face-gel_l

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Face Gel

This bronzing gel looks intimidating, but don’t worry it’s not as dark and scary for your face as you might think. This bronzing gel is easy to apply all over your face for a quick bronze solution when the need strikes. Your complexion will determine how you apply. I’m fairly dark, so I just used a light hand to apply this gel directly to my face. If you have fair skin, you should mix it with your moisturizer to get a lighter more subtle bronze.

Extend Your Summer Tan With Dr. Hauschka

I am closing out the summer with two new products form Dr. Hauschka that are going to help me (and you) extend that summer tan as long as possible.

dr hauschka tinted cream

First I have the Dr. Hauschka Tinted Day Cream. This is a thick moisturizer that is perfect for moving into cold fall weather. This moisturizer is thick! It smells a little bit medicinal, which lets me know that this is serious business. A little goes a long way so be light handed when you are using this moisturizer.

Unlike some other tinted moisturizers, this one is very tinted. It isn’t so dark that is could replace your foundation, but it is great to keep some of that colour. You need to carefully plan what other makeup you will wear with this moisturizer. Since it is heavy, I would recommend making everything else very light. I have just been wearing this Dr. Hauschka Tinted Moisturizer and a finishing powder over top for a great look. It’s not done up to the nines, but it’s clean and fresh faced with a nice glow and great moisture.

dr hauschka bronzing tint

Next on the docket for the rest of my body is the Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint. Mix this tinted liquid with your regular moisturizer and apply on your body to extend that summer tan. I tried it with a wide variety of different moisturizers for both my face and body to see whether it worked no matter what I mixed it with any every time I had the same results.

I love non-committal bronzed look that I can get with this tint. I’ve been open here about my struggles with fake tans in the past, but this tint lets me control the colour that I’m getting. The tint looks dark when it comes out, but you cut it with your moisturizer so that it will work with any skin tone. I like that I can make it a bit darker on my arms, but mix up a new batch for my face. I made it light enough that it looked natural. You don’t even need a full pump to get a gorgeous tan.  As long as you use it cautiously, you can have a great tan through the whole winter.

Karora Express Bronzing Mousse

karora_express_bronzing_mousse

Summertime means golden skin and gorgeous tans, but we all know it’s not safe to stay in the sun all day. I’m trying to be better at keeping my skin safe. This year I am trying self-tanners instead of harmful UVs. I pulled out the bottle of Karora Express Bronzing Mousse that I have been saving for this season.

Karora’s bronzing mousse is easy to use. I know that people get scared about tanning at home, but it doesn’t have to be like the pictures you see online of tanning gone wrong.

Get yourself a bronzing mitt first. Pump the Karora mousse on the mitt and then spread it on your skin. The mousse spreads ok, but not great, so make sure that your skin is well moisturized.  Spread it all over your body.  It should only take a few minutes to get it all over.

You will need to wait a few minutes for it to dry before getting dressed. This is where I had a bit of trouble with the Karora Express Bronzing Mousse. Unlike other bronzers this one didn’t dry quickly. It remained tacky. It was sticky for so long that I ended up just getting dressed. You should probably get dressed in something dark and loose. While the Karora bronzer doesn’t spread, you still don’t want to risk it.

Then you wait. I am cautious, so I only waited an hour. The mousse says that you can leave it on for up to three hours for a darker tan. I chose the shorter time because I didn’t know how strong this mousse is. After the time, you just have a normal shower to rinse everything off.

When I first looked at my skin, I wasn’t impressed with the results. You have to give it some time though. It keeps getting darker after rinsing. A few hours later I had a nice glow on my skin. It looked great. I actually wished I had left it on longer. It’s nice that I can just do it again though and keep my skin looking great all summer.

Bronzers Most Wanted

We all know that sunbathing and tanning is a big no, but that doesn’t stop me from loving the look of a perfect tan. I love it when my cheeks are all bronzed, but it’s tricky to get it to look natural sans sun. Here are my favourite bronzers that give you a glow from day to night:

MAC Cosmetics Bronzing Powder – MAC’s bronzer has been my tried and true bronzer for years. This is the bronzer for you if you are nervous about turning orange. The golden shade is very light and natural looking. I never have to worry about looking fake or blochy. It helps me looking healthy and fresh all year round.

Pupa 4Sun Bronzing Powder – This compact is split in four bronzing shades that mimic your tan. You need to apply this bronzer carefully because the four shades get gradually darker. Use the shades closest to your natural hue and move up from there to avoid dark streaks. It’s great though because it can work with your skin tone year round to get a natural looking tan.

Lancome Star Bronzer Powder – Lancome’s new summer 2014 bronzer is absolutely stunning. The flecks of gold make it shimmer in the oversized package. The gold powder might be too much for day time, but the golden glow is perfect for hot summer nights. Apply with caution because this powder packs serious sparkle.

Youngblood Mineral Radiance – If you want to fake a real tan, this is the bronzer for you. The Sunshine powder gives you a natural tanned look that you can add on your face or even your body. It has even coverage and everyone is going to think that you spend a day out on the beach when you were really trapped in the office.

Essence Cosmetics Makeup Review

IMG_1433

Launched in 2002, Essence Cosmetics is a new name in makeup that is starting to gather buzz in North America. There is a lot of buzz about with Essence Cosmetics too. They are affordable, accessible and strictly against animal testing. All of these things are big bonuses in my mind. I received the Essence Cosmetics Sun Club All-In-One Bronzing Highlighter, Soft Touch Mousse Foundation, and Metal Glam Eyeshadow. It seems like the perfect combination for a beautiful look.

IMG_1432

My first thoughts are that I love the way Essence sees colour. The mousse is a beautiful, natural, light shade. The highlighter is a mix of light and dark bronzing hues. The eyeshadows are three of the coolest metallic hues I’ve seen in a long time. I wanted to run home with them just to try them on.

When you try Essence Cosmetics makeup, you need to remember that this is an accessible drugstore makeup line. This isn’t some specialized luxury line. The eyeshadow looks amazing in the packaging, and goes on much lighter. I found it was much easier to use my finger to apply it evenly.

IMG_1431

I found that I could never get the right shade of bronzer for my skin tone. The powders didn’t mix properly to give a shimmering bronzer shade.

The mousse foundation was my favourite of all the products I tried. It was very light and went on my skin like velvet. It had a great feel.

Essence Cosmetics might not be my new favourite collection, but I am still going to stand behind it proudly. I think it would be the perfect line for girls first trying out makeup to play with. It’s a terrific new option for people who aren’t so serious about makeup. It’s quality at a great price point. So if you want something without a big commitment, get ready to have some fun.