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.
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
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.
I am a huge lover of M.A.C Cosmetic products so obviously my everyday lip combo uses their products. I start out with coating my lips in lip balm first so that they won’t be dry and can survive for a few hours, then I use my Prep + Prime Lip and give my lips a quick coat so that they colour I use stays. Then I contour my lips with Whirl lip pencil by M.A.C. by lining my lips, making sure I round them, draw an “x” on my top lip under the cupids bow, and then draw a line in the middle of my bottom lip and then two more lines; one on each side in the middle between the centre of my lip and the end of my lips. After that that I either use my M.A.C. lipstick in Twig or I use my Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed by The Balm Cosmetics.
Twig tends to rub off easily so it only lasts on my lips for a maximum of 4 hours with limited drinking. I usually wear Committed because it last a very long time (roughly 8 hours, probably longer) and I usually have to take it off with baby oil and makeup remover if I want it off sooner. The two have a similar colour. Twig is a little more darker and pinky while Committed has a slightly more coral tone. Both look great for a nude lip colour.
I got Committed as a sample in my October 2015 Ipsy bag and this is definitely one of my top favourite products.