I have really curly hair and I have always had a hard time down packing a routine. I do not use a blow dryer because it makes my hair frizzy and damages my ends. I have been air drying my hair for over 6 years now and recently I have started letting my hair dry in a t-shirt to help form my curls. This is a trick that I absolutely love. If you have naturally curly hair you don’t even have to put anything in it, just scrunch your curls up and wrap your hair in a t-shirt. My curls are usually curly for the first day after washing before brushing my hair and then they turn wavy with the underneath staying curly. I have tried many products.
The one I love most is the DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel which I scrunch into my hair to help form my curls. Before I use that though I always prep my hair. I use Schwarzkopf BC Repair Rescue Sealed Ends and then I will usually put a hair oil or treatment in my hair and brush that all through. Right now my favourites are the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, Eva-Nyc Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer, and It Haircare 12-in-1 Leave in Treatment with Moroccan Argan Oil. My hair is thick so I find I need a lot of product. A little only goes so far. Some times I also seal everything in after the DevaCurl with my Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Spray which is in between a mouse and a sea salt spray. It leaves my hair feeling soft and helps tame some of my frizz. This is more for if I am going outside after I take my hair out of the t-shirt and I know it may be windy outside. I have also used this product on its own (after my sealed ends) and it works great if I am just going to a beachy carefree look.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Pallet $55
I love the colour scheme of this pallet. There are so many looks that can be done and the pigments blend really well. This pallet is great because you can add a subtle pop of colour with some pink or red, ou can great a nude smokey eye, or you can go all out glitter.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Moonchild $40
I absolutely love colour highlight. My favourites are Purple Horseshoe and Pink Heart.
Hourglass – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick $56
I wear this foundation in the shade Alabaster. It blends very easily. I use one of those oval blending brushes and then go over my whole face with a beauty blender once I have contoured and put on concealer. Your face needs to be very well moisturized beforehand though, otherwise, the foundation can be very drying on your face.
Too Faced – Hangover Replenishing Face Primer $40
Who doesn’t love this face primer? It is the best. I have oily skin and I find it helps keep everything in balance.
Pixi – Glow Tonic $20
I use this after I wash my face in the morning. It helps to exfoliate my skin and keep my pores in check. My skin has improved since using this. I have noticed fewer breakouts and some of my blackheads are becoming less noticeable.
Glamglow – Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser $34
This cleanser is amazing. It starts out as mud but once you add water it becomes foam. It’s a gritty cleanser so it also helps to exfoliate my skin. I find this cleanser smells like toothpaste, which does not bother me but if it bothers you, you may want to stay away from this cleanser.
Prada Candy Kiss:
I love the Prada Candy line so of course when I saw there was a new one I had to try it. I feel in love with the scent instantly. It’s the perfume I never knew I needed. It is sweet smelling without being too much and it has this seductive scent in it that is just really alluring. This product retails for $98 at Sephora for a 1.7 oz bottle.
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara:
I bought a travel size of this mascara in a set by Sephora called Totally Obsessed Set (which is now out of stock). I did not instantly fall in love with this mascara, however once I tried it a few times I figured out how to make sure my lashes would not clump and would stay looking soft and fluffy. This mascara is amazing once you figure out what works best for you with application. I like to gently apply my mascara and then go through with a clean mascara brush to un-clump my lashes, then wait a few second for the mascara to dry a bit and then build my lashes up with more mascara. I recently bought the waterproof version of this mascara and I can’t wait to wear it when I go to the beach! This product retails for $30 at Sephora for a full size.
Urban Decay Naked Foundation:
I already wrote a review on this foundation so I will not go on a huge rant about it. However if you do not feel like reading my previous review all I will say is that this foundation is perfect for summer and for people who want a foundation that is light weight and has minimal coverage but is buildable. I fell in love with this foundation because it literally feels like there is nothing on your face and I do not worry about my skin becoming oily and breaking out. This foundation retails for $47 at Sephora.
Vichy Normaderm Corrective Anti Acne Treatment:
I wanted to try a moisturizer that would help my face feeling hydrated without getting oily so I was recommended this product by a beauty expert. She told me to wash my face at night and then put on this moisturizer, and then in the morning to just wipe my face with toner (I have been using cleansing water). There has definitely been a difference in my skins appearance and while my acne has not completely gone away my breakouts are becoming fewer and I find my skin has not been very oily for the past month. I have used Vichy products in the past and I am probably going to go back to using them exclusively. This product retails for $29.99 CAD
I decided to try this foundation because I wanted to try a light coverage foundation for the summer and honestly my skin looks and feels better since I have started using . The other foundations I have tried have all been medium to full coverage. I always noticed that by the end of the day I have noticeable lines around my mouth from my foundation and my face feels caky and gross; this is after a full day and usually if I walk home from school (which takes about 30 minutes) or if I wear a full face of makeup to work (wear my skin tends to get pretty oily because I am constantly moving). Because this foundation is light weight the coverage is sheer and it just helps to even skin tone. It did help to cover my blemishes as well, but concealer is still needed.
I have noticed a bit of a difference since I have started using this foundation. My skin does not feel heavy when I wear it and I have noticed fewer breakouts after. My skin tends to breakout pretty easily so I try to keep it as clean as possible and I do not wear foundation often because of this. However with this foundation I feel comfortable enough to wear it all day and not worry about it irritating my skin and causing any breakouts. My skin tends to get pretty oily while I am at work so I pretty much never wear makeup but with this foundation I feel comfortable enough to wear it to work and not worry about my face getting too oily or causing my skin to get irritated.
I use the lightest shade on this foundation (0.5) which is for very fair porcelain with subtle pink undertones. This is a tad lighter than what my face it but it blends in well with my neck and once I contour a bit and add some bronzer my face looks normal and no longer washed out. My skin and my face especially has a lot of pink in it so this helps to neutralize all that pink.
This product retails for $47 at Sephora. I purchased this at my local beauty store.
Update: I later tried mixing my shade with one that was slightly darker and found that I was able too make a better match for my skin tone.
One of MAC Cosmetics latest makeup lines has been inspired by Barbie! This line came out
By Special Order – an Amplified lipstick; meaning that it goes on creamy, has shine to it, and is highly pigmented. This is a dark pink described as reddened fuschia on their website (but has more of a bright, pink tone on). The colour is shiny and creamy, giving you the most perfect Barbie pout you could ask for. I was not expecting the colour to go on as light as it does (I was expecting more of a raspberry colour), but was delighted to find that this colour is the perfect hot pink, while also drawing attention to your lips it does not blind everyone. Retails for $21 CAD
Style Matters – Studio Nail Lacquer. This nail polish is absolutely gorgeous on. It has a gel-shine to it and the green is creamy looking with hints a sparkle/shimmer. I didn’t bother putting a topcoat on with this nail polish and so far it’s barely chipped -which is significant for me because I use my hands a lot for work and nail polish usually does not last long at all. This is one of my favourite nail colours ever and I’m extremely impressed by the formula. Retails for $14 CAD
Runway Worthy – Eye Shadow x 9. This pallet is what made me decided that I needed to buy a few items from this collection. To me it just embodies Barbie.The colours from left to right going down are Runway Worthy (light nude shimmer), Paradise Island (light bubble gum pink – mostly matte with a couple of sparkles but no shimmer), Hypnotizing (light dusty rose with silver shimmer), Dress Me Up (beige/pink shimmer), Available in Petite (Hot Pink shimmer with silver sparkles). Zip Me Up (bright purple shimmer with hints of sparkles), Nice Fit (charcoal grey with hints of purple shimmer), Frock Talk (raspberry purple simmer with hints of sparkle), and Snappy Style (dark purple with hints of red and shimmer).
Right now my favourite colours are Paradise Island, Dress Me Up, Frock Talk, and Snappy Style. Snappy Style and Frock Talk are great to use in making smoky eyes but just using a bit of colour as an ascent to make your smokey eye more dramatic -especially if you’re doing a nude smokey eye. Frock Talk is very similar to cranberry but with more purple, and Zip Me Up reminds me of MAC’s Heroine matte lipstick. Retails for $42 CAD
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Maybelline NewYork’s new(er) Dream Velvet Foundation is one of those products that is just so cute you have to try it. I have always stayed away from buying drugstore foundations because A) my skin is very light and it’s hard for me to find an exact match and B) I have a hard time trusting drugstore brands because I don’t want to waste my money on something that is not being picked out by a beauty expert for me. However, when I saw this product on sale all bets were off and I decided to get the lightest shade (05 Warm Porcelain) and just hope for the best.
This foundation is a bit darker than my skin (sad really), it is a little noticeable so I didn’t bother contouring my face or using bronzer and I left my hair down so that no one would see the line. However, the foundation its self is really good for a drugstore brand. It’s a thicker, gel-mouse formula that provides full coverage when only using a little of the product. So if you can find your exact match than this product is perfect. I did find that it was a little caky going on by honestly as long as you know how to blend out your foundation then there is no problem with this product.
This foundation is more ideal for oily-normal skin, and is great at covering up imperfections. Because this foundation is heavier I would not recommend wearing it during the summer because it may be easily sweater off and run. This product would be best for Autumn and Winter when products are not as likely to be sweated off or feel to heavy on the face. For summer I don’t like wearing anything on my face just because my skin gets so oily (especially when it’s hot outside) and my skin tends to absorb dirt into my pours more during the summer, causing more breakouts.
I don’t know if I would buy this foundation again just because I like trying new products and I would rather get an exact match than settle for something that’s just slightly to dark for my skin. However I do like this formula so once Fall comes around I will probably use this product more. I don’t remember how much I paid for this product but it was roughly $10 CAD. which is a usual price for Maybelline foundations. Overall I would give this foundation a 3.5-4 stars. I have used better products but this is definitely the best drugstore foundation I have tried and have actually worn on my face out in public.
Well I decided this summer that I would try to post more on our blog, starting with some monthly favourites. So here we go and hopefully you all like my choices or are inspired to try them yourselves.
Smashbox Full Exposer Mascara:
I feel like this has been a favourite of all of ours on this blog. I started out with two sample sizes of this product in October and November and I recently just purchased the full size. This product is an absolute life saver. I am the type to constantly try new mascaras because who doesn’t love new mascaras but after I have been using this product I don’t think I could go back. It lengths my lashes, gives them depth and volume with no clumps. I do always brush my lashes out with a clean mascara brush to help separate my lashes but honestly there is barely any separation that needs to happen.
Of course I am still going to continue to test new mascaras out because honestly it’s just so fun but this will continue to be my go to. It works for every occasion and helps me achieve a natural eyelash look (I am blonde so my eyelashes are pretty light without mascara and I like having my eyelashes look a little bit darker while looking natural). This product retails for $25 on Sephora
Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium:
I purchased this product half way through May so I haven’t been using it for very long, however compared to the other brow products I have been using this is hands down the best. I love simple, easy to use products, especially if I am just doing something quick for my makeup. I use this product practically everyday now and my eyebrows feel naked with out it. This product is perfect for anyone who likes their brows to look a little more bold and firmly in place, while still looking natural and not like they’re overly done up.
This product is a tinted brow volumizing fibre gel that helps make you eyebrows look put together. I have kind of splotchy eyebrows so I have a few little gaps where they hair is either not there or is super light (because I am blonde) and this product helps to fill that in and make them look even. I use the shade Light/Medium which is perfect for blonde’s (or light brunette’s) looking to get bolder, natural looking eyebrows. This product retails for $30 at Sephora.
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken:
The March Ipsy glam bag featured this product and two other colours (Kitten Heals and Pink Lust) . I received Kitten Heals; a bright red and when I tried it I instantly fell in love with the formula. However, I have lately been loving nude lip colours so when my local Shoppers Drug Mart started carrying NYX I knew I had to get more. I chose this colours because I like something a little darker than nude but still in the colour range. This product stays for about 4 + hours on my lips, even when I’m drinking. I’ve tried some of NYX’s other lip products but their Liquid Suede is my favourite line so far. It dries matte but it leaves your lips feeling soft and not overly dry looking. This product retails for $10 on the brands website.