Tag: Sephora

Most Wanted Manicure Essentials

I get asked all the time how I keep my nails looking great and to be honest it’s mostly luck and good genes. But there are a few products I use almost religiously. These are my Most Wanted Mani Essentials.
Essie First Base Base Coat
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I’ve used quite a few base coats in my time and I always go back to Essie’s. I’ve been using First Base for a few months now and I love how smooth it makes my nails and how strong it keeps them. It also helps your nail polish stick, which makes for a longer lasting manicure.
CND Solar Oil
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I’m not a huge fan of greasy cuticle oils but Solar Oil absorbs almost instantly, smells delicious and keeps my cuticles looking good.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream
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Pretty nails don’t look as great if your hands look really dry and a good hand cream can help with that. L’Occitane’s line of hand creams include shea butter which make my hands feel extremely soft and hydrated and I love that it doesn’t wash off when you wash your hands.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
This is probably my favourite nail product of all time. People seem to have a love or hate relationship with Seche Vite but I’m definitely in the love camp. It dries my nails in under a minute and leaves them glossy for days. I take this with me when I’m going to a nail place for a manicure and if they ever decided to discontinue it, I’d probably stockpile enough for the rest of my life.
Formula X For Sephora Delete Nail Polish Remover
Formula X For Sephora Delete Nail Polish Remover
I change my nail polish pretty much every day so it’s important I have a good nail polish remover that doesn’t kill my nails. Delete by Formula X gets everything off (even glitter) without scrubbing or tugging. I love the pump formula because you end up using less and it locks so it’s hard to spill.

What are your favourite nail products?

Fall Makeup Most Wanted – Steph’s Picks

I missed my October most wanted list because I was so excited for Blue Jays baseball and Halloween! So to make up for it, I have gathered some of my favourite new fall 2015 makeup picks of the season. Try some of these new products now!

Laura Mercier Noir Supreme Kajal Eye Liner

Laura Mercier Noir Supreme Kajal Eye Liner

I don’t usually wear eyeliner to work, but this Laura Mercier Kajal made me want to wear liner all day long. It goes on so smooth. It looks amazing. It’s really easy to use and versatile. It last all day long. Seriously, what more could you ask for?

Maybelline Colorblur Lip Crayon copy

Maybelline Colorblur Lip Crayon

Maybelline is not skimping on the colour for their new product. This new lip pencil is packed full of vibrant tones. Honestly, I don’t totally understand the idea behind the crayon. You are supposed to apply it to the middle of your lips, then use the smudging tip to blur the colour to the outside of your lips. It works fine, but I don’t think it’s necessary. It feels like an added step that can be achieved by pressing my lips together. Regardless, I love the colours on these crayons. They are such vibrant reds and pinks. They don’t tend to last as long as I would like, but they look great while they are on.

Clean Cashmere Perfume

Clean Cashmere Perfume

I’ve tried a lot of perfumes from the Clean collection, but cashmere just might be my favourite of them all. It arrived at the perfect time. Clean’s cashmere fragrance is like a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer. I want to wrap myself up in it. It’s all powdery and, well, clean. It’s perfect for winter time. I can’t wait to keep it handy.

Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Eye Cream

Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Eye Cream

Since I have been obsessed with eye creams for the past few months, I figured why not expand on that love and try some new eye products. This Aveeno product is not just an eye cream, but a CC Eye Cream. This tinted moisturizer is light enough for under the eyes. It gives a touch of coverage where you want it most on those dark circles. I don’t know if I need a separate CC cream just for under my eyes, but it’s nice for an indulgence.

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Sephora Collection Blush Me

Brighten up the season with these little blushes that pack a punch of colour. When you see these compact little cream blushes, you might be a little worried. They are bright… really bright. Since I’m starting to lose my summer tan, these blushes are perfect. Use a light hand to apply, because they can be a bit dark. When you get the right amount though, your cheeks are going to look amazing.

Fall Face Care Most Wanted

Fall is the time for updating and modifying your skin care routine. Whether you try all of these new products or just think one or two are important, I have gathered products that will make transitioning to the cold months a little bit easier on your skin.

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Keep your face super moisturized this season with this new classic cream. The Pond’s cream looks heavy, but it’s really light on your face. I love the cool feel and the powdery smell. Instead of leaving skin oily, it’s moist and dewy. It’s no wonder Pond’s is one of the most beloved products available.

Burts Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes

I have been a huge fan of Burt’s Bees for years, but I had no idea that they offered face cleansing towelettes. I was really excited to see them. I used the Cucumber and Sage towels that are meant to soothe your skin as well. As I expected from Burt’s Bees the wipes work great. My face feels clean without being dry and my skin looks great. I can’t wait to try a few more scents.

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B. Kamins Corrective Primer

Just because it isn’t as hot anymore doesn’t mean that my skin doesn’t still get shiny. This Corrective Primer from B. Kamins has been my secret weapon against skin for the last few weeks. This clear gel primer goes on easily for an instant mattifying effect. The shine on my face is toned down right away. I’m left with the perfect finish for applying my makeup.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

Sephora has modernized the concealer with their new gel serum. I find a lot of concealers heavy and thick. This gel concealer is light and airy on your skin. It sits on top of the skin as opposed to getting stuck. It brightens the area and covers up dark spots under the eyes (or anywhere else on your face). I can’t believe there isn’t more concealers like this. Luckily I found this one!

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment

If you aren’t sure exactly what type of eye treatment you need, this Smart eye treatment is your new best friend. This treatment is an all-in-one for all eye issues that targets whatever you need. I always thought I needed to brighten my eyes, but it was the contouring that really impressed me. It goes to show that sometimes you need to trust your products!

Makeup Most Wanted September 2015 – Alyssa’s Picks

I spent most of September doing very little thanks to hand surgery, so all the products I used were either ones I was obsessed with over the summer, or products that I was able to use one-handed. Even with that narrowed list, I had a ton of favourites this month but these ones rose to the top of my September list.
Flower Transforming Powder-To-Creme Blush in Tickled Pink
Flower Transforming Powder To Creme Blush - Tickled Pink
I prefer powder blush over creme but this one has the best of both worlds. It starts off as a loose powder and as it hits skin it becomes very creamy. The first time I opened it, I was a little scared at how bright this shade looked but it blends in and becomes very natural. You can use this with a brush or your fingers which made it very easy to apply one-handed.
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner
If there’s one thing about my skin that drives me nuts, it’s how huge my pores are. Since I have sensitive, combination skin it’s really difficult to find pore products that won’t turn my face bright red. StriVectin’s Pore Refiner is something of a miracle product for me. While I didn’t get instant massive results, my pores do look consistently smaller and my skin gets moisturized at the same time. There’s also zero irritation and my skin feels a lot smoother.
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer in Ivory
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer Ivory
I don’t wear a lot of concealer. I don’t have dark circles under my eyes and I don’t break out very often but I do get red, dry patches occasionally that I want to cover up. I’m so pale that finding a concealer that’s light enough for me is a challenge. The Better Skin concealer in Ivory is light enough to do the job and it lasts all day without flaking off.
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Waterproof in Caffeine Buzz
Sephora Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner Waterproof in Caffeine Buzz
Eyeliner is one of my favourite things and I’ll use any of them. Pencil, liquid, gel, it doesn’t matter to me. It just depends on what kind of look I want. But finding a good eyeliner for waterlines and tightlining is difficult. This Sephora brand eyeliner is pretty much made exactly for those things and I love that it’s matte. It’s easy to blend but once it sets, it doesn’t budge. I’ve been using this liner almost exclusively since I got it and I’m already thinking about other shades that I might pick up.
Garnier Fresh Cleansing Cloths
Garnier Fresh Cleansing Cloths
It doesn’t seem to matter how good a cleansing cloth is; if I’m removing waterproof mascara or eyeliner, one doesn’t quite do the job and I usually have to follow up with either another cloth or real makeup remover. Until now. Each of these cloths have two doses of Garnier’s Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser and it gets every drop of makeup off with one cloth. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky and I don’t have to scrub to get mascara off. I’ve already bought a second package and it’s slowly starting to replace my favourite Neutrogena makeup remover wipes.