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Summer Most Wanted Makeup Essentials

 

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Whether it’s playing baseball, riding my bike, taking a dip or going to a summer festival, my summer is always packed. I am always on the go, so I demand more from my makeup in the summer. I have rounded up my Most Wanted Makeup for a busy summer with products that won’t let you down when it gets hot.

Cargo Water Resistant Blush – Honestly, I never thought that anyone would need a waterproof blush, but Cargo has given what we didn’t even know we needed. I am not recommending this blush because its waterproof though. I love it because the baked clay shade is gorgeous and it lasts all day long with just the perfect pink glow.

Olay Complete Moisturizer – I love a no nonsense face moisturizer in the summer time. Something that does it all with a sunscreen. Olay’s complete moisturizer is perfect for all skin types and with SPF 30 just right for every summer day.

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara – Smashbox has made their most popular mascara in a waterproof formula. This is an intense black mascara that makes your lashes super thick with mascara that won’t come off for hours. Warning to users though because this mascara is so thick, you need to apply very carefully and clean the brush often. It gets clumpy easily, so you need to use with care.

Pixi Lash Line Ink – Get perfectly lined eyes that won’t smudge or budge with the summer heat. This liner is so easy to use. The pen liner has a fine tip, so you don’t have to worry about getting black liner everywhere like some liquid liners.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eye Shadow – This new eye shadow pencil is easy to apply with just one swipe. It doesn’t smudge and it’s practically impossible to screw up. Perfect eye shadow that can last through anything, who could ask for more.

Maybelline Color Elixir – This combines a lip colour, balm and gloss to do everything in one. It gives me a glossy shine, but rich colour. And my lips feel soft and smooth. It’s perfect for summer and affordable, so I can get one in every colour.

Proactiv Solution – Summer activities can also mean annoying breakouts. Proactiv’s three step system is perfect for anyone suffering from acne. Stick to it all summer and you won’t have to worry about having a zit on the beach.

Secret Clinical Protection Deodorant – When the temperature rises, it’s time to get serious. The rest of the year I don’t mind wearing regular deodorant, but things change in the summer. If you are getting active, once it gets humid, you need more. Clinical Protection Deodorant will stand up against anything. I have never felt more confident than when I wear this stuff. So far, nothing has been able to beat it.

St. Tropez Summer Tan Most Wanted

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Everyone is looking towards summer and for some of us, myself included, that means the return of a gorgeous tan. I know some prefer to be pearly white, but my skin never looks better than with a golden glow. I am starting this summer with a tan, and that means asking for some help from tanning pros at St. Tropez. To help us get ready for summer, we asked St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans for her 5 essentials for the perfect summer tan. Here is what she recommending investing in:

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse – This lightweight, easy to apply, velvety mousse delivers an even, all over tan. It is great for all skin types, dries in an instant and lasts for about 5-7 days. Aloe Vera helps keep the colour going strong, leaving a naturally glamorous result. It looks great from the initial application and won’t leave a sticky feeling.
(50 ml/$22.50, 120 ml/$40.00, 240 ml/$51.50, available select Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide.)

St. Tropez Applicator Mitt – For a velvety smooth application of self tan, the Applicator Mitt is a definite must have. The water-resistant barrier ensures fingers remain unstained as you glide on self tan to your skin. Simply load up your mitt with self tan and apply with a light flat hand and sweeping strokes. 
($8, available select Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide.)

St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil – This innovative self-tanning solution gives a seriously hydrated, long lasting tan that looks great from the get go with its subtle colour and gold mica skin finishing particles. You will want to showcase this tan the moment it hits your skin. After your self tan, apply to all exposed limbs for a perfectly hydrated golden sheen, fitting for a night out!
($60/100ml, available now at select Sephora stores, will be available at select Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart stores as well as select salons and spas nationwide in June.)

Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Polish – Smooth skin is the first step to achieving a flawless tan and is crucial for prolonging an even colour for longer. Unlike other scrubs, which may contain ingredients that will remove self-tan, St.Tropez’s formulation has been specially created to make sure that it works to help a tan – not destroy it. It relies on the clever technology of spherical beads that won’t scratch or damage the skin but simply remove tired skin cells – ensuring smooth and silky results. To maintain your tan in between applications and ensure all around evenness, exfoliate every few days.
(200ml/$24, available at select salons and spas nationwide.)

Prep & Maintain Tan Enhancing Moisturiser – Packed with a luxurious blend of ingredients, the Tan Enhancing Moisturiser not only softens and smoothes skin but also extends the length of a tan and reduces fading and patchiness. Prior to tanning, use the moisturiser as a barrier cream on elbows, knees, whole of the foot, back of the heel, whole of the hand and back of the wrist as dry areas are prone to get darker if not protected.
(200ml/$24, available at select salons and spas nationwide.)

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Garnier Clean+ Cleansers For Combination Skin Review

GarnierClean+Combination Garnier recently released a new skin care line called Clean+ that’s made for specific skin types. My skin is a little more than textbook combination, it goes to extremes. One day it can be dry and flaky and the next it’s completely oily. And did I mention it’s pretty sensitive. Combination skin has a tendency to be overlooked in favour of oily, dry or normal in skin care lines so I was really excited to try cleansers made for combination skin. What was even better was that I wasn’t disappointed at all.

Clean+ Purifying Cleansing Foam is a typical foaming cleanser. You squeeze the bottle, you get foam, you wash and so on. The difference came in the results. My skin wasn’t tight or dry in the usual spots and it didn’t feel greasy anywhere. I was pretty much sold at this point and then I got to the exfoliator.

The Clean+ Balancing Gel Exfoliator is something I’ve needed forever. I love scrubs but my skin doesn’t always get along with them. This gel exfoliator was gentle enough for the sensitive side of my skin but got the job done. Whatever scrubby bits are in there are small enough to not irritate my skin but also left it balanced and feeling really clean.

I really hope more companies hop on the combination bandwagon but if they don’t at least I’ve found something that works.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Review

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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.

4 Products To Fight Annoying Adult Acne

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Skinfix Body Balm Review

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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.

Bath & Body Works Most Wanted: Steph’s Picks

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Review

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Like every diligent lady, I’m always on the lookout for the next best moisturizer. Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is a new take on hydration. The first thing that I noticed was that it doesn’t say moisturizer anywhere, it says hydrator. With this dry winter skin, I could definitely go for some hydration.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is supposed to be a daily hydrator that reduces signs of stress like fatigue and redness and protects against future stress. They say it will strengthen my skin, soothe, and hydrate leaving me with a fresh face. With all of these perks and the intrigue of a non-moisturizer I gave it a shot.

The first thing I noticed is that Kiehl’s hydrating cream doesn’t have the same pretty smelling and creamy texture as other moisturizers on my shelf. It has more of a chemical scent maybe from the botanical extract and mannose ingredients. Either way, this isn’t a girly moisturizer, but I often take that as a sign that it’s going to be serious!

It may not look like much, but a little goes a long way with this cream. Two or three small pumps are all you need to cover your clean face. It gets absorbed into the skin very quickly. Unlike other moisturizers it doesn’t leave my face feeling dewy or soft. It feels clean and hydrated.

After a few weeks, I’m not sure if my skin is looking less stressed than before. It does feel very nicely hydrated all day long and it doesn’t feel like this Kiehl’s cream is clogging my pores like some other creams. If your regular moisturizer is feeling tired, maybe you need a skin rescue too.