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Updated Skincare Routine | New Faves

I’m constantly researching and experimenting new skincare. I have come across some new faves which have definitely improved the condition and appearance of my skin. Let’s begin and go through each step in my morning skincare routine:

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  1. Cleanser: Ole Henriksen “Face the Truth Gel Cleanser”
    • Right after I’m done washing my face I can see my skin looking so much cleaner and more refreshed. I find that gel cleansers do a better job with really purifying the skin. This face wash includes citrus and seaweed extracts.
  1. Toner: Nivea “Refreshing Toner”
    • I have repurchased this item so many times. It has truly helped clear my skin up. After cleansing if there is anything left over on my skin, this toner will take care of it. It tightens my pores and ensures my skin is as clean as possible.
  1. Moisturizer: The Ordinary “Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA”
    • This brand is one of the more affordable skincare brands out there but definitely can be comparable to higher end products. I love the non-greasy formula of this moisturizer and its ability to keep my skin hydrated all day. This product is oil and alcohol free to provide a fresh and lightweight feeling to my skin.
  1. Tinted Moisturizer: Origins “Ginzing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer”
    • I absolutely love this tinted moisturizer not only because it protects my skin from the sun, it balances my uneven skin tone because of its sheer tint coverage. I am not a fan of wearing foundation on a daily basis so this is the perfect product for those who avoid clogging their pores. This product energizes your skin since it is powered by coffee. The only complain I have about this product is that for my combination skin it’s a bit drying, so that’s why I moisturize with The Ordinary brand, so it’s not the end of the world.
  1. Eye Cream: Origins “Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream ti Brighten and Depuff”
    • Favourite day eye cream yet! I love the lightweight, non-greasy formula and the fact that it instantly brightens my under eyes. I usually pair a concealer on top of this eye cream without any problem or creasing. This eye cream is made with coffee beans which helps rapidly brighten and wake tired eyes. It definitely reduces the appearance of dark circles and bags which is exactly what I need.
  1. Neck Cream: Tarte “Maracuja Neck Treatment”
    • This may be excessive but I am doing everything I can to help my skin now and for the future. This hydrating, no greasy formula helps improve the appearance of my skin on the neck and décolleté. Don’t neglect the neck area, it ages too! It also helps the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. Avoid that turkey neck.

Taking preventative measures doesn’t start at a certain age; it starts as soon as possible. Have you tried any of these products? If you’re looking for new skincare products to try, check out my faves and let me know how you like them! Let’s not neglect our skin and always protect it as much as we possibly can.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Ole Henriksen “Face the Truth Gel Cleanser”: $29
  • Nivea “Refreshing Toner”: $10
  • The Ordinary “Natural Moisturizing Factors +HA”: $6
  • Origins “Ginzing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer”: $49
  • Origins “Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream ti Brighten and Depuff”: $39
  • Tarte “Maracuja Neck Treatment”: $55

Until Next Time!


-Suman

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Is the Frizz killing your Bizz?

Was that too cheesy for a title or does it work? This won’t be a makeup review, rather a review on hair products and how I combat frizzy hair. My hair is a matter of its own, completely independent from me and what I want. I would love to have perfectly smooth hair as if I freshly had a salon blowout, but alas, that all depends on my routine since my hair never naturally complies.

I have been using two products and testing them out for over a month and they have successfully tamed my frizz. The first product I use is the “Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream”. Since chopping about 9 or so inches of my hair, it’s now just shoulder length, and I only need about a dime size of this smoothing cream to run all throughout my damp towel dried hair. My hair is a bit finer so I try not to apply too much of the product on my roots or else my hair will get oily, I just run it through my roots a bit and focus the majority of the product on the middle and bottom portions. After this, I blow dry with a brush and immediately you will feel and see the difference. Frizz has drastically decreased and I don’t look like I have crazy wild hair. This smoothing cream also helps protect your hair from heat damage caused by styling tools, environmental and chemical damage.

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The second product I use is after I blow dry, it is the “Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray”. I spray this all around, flip my head over and repeat and then I like to brush through my hair. I usually brush through my hair because if you spray too much of the product it might get a tad sticky, but the brush-through fixes all of that. I usually don’t give in to these kinds of sprays and think they’re a bit gimmicky, but I was very surprised at how well it held my hair together.

I would recommend these products to anyone trying to combat their frizz; I understand how much of a nuisance it can be to try to tame unruly hair.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream: $21.50
  • Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray: $47

Until Next Time!


-Suman

Simple 10 Minute Summer Makeup Look

Hey hey! I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand a lot of makeup on my face during the warmer months; I always feel like I’m melting away. So I’ve condensed my makeup routine into only 10 minutes for those days where I have work or just want to look a bit more alive. Here are my steps to a simple summer makeup look:

  1. Moisturize, consider something with SPF already built in, if not remember to always apply sunscreen and protect your skin.
    1. Product of choice: “Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream” by REN
  2. Prime, I usually apply primer under the eyes and around the noise. Anywhere I want to smooth before correcting.
    1. Product of choice: “Photo Finish Foundation Primer” by Smashbox
  3. Concealer, during the warmer months I despise foundation, it’s just too heavy on the skin. The only time I would wear foundation during the warmer months is if I have an event to attend.
    1. Product of choice: “Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer” by Becca
  4. Setting Powder, make sure the concealer does not budge!
    1. Product of choice: “Stay Matte Pressed Powder” by Rimmel
  5. Mascara, adds a bit of a lift to the eye.
    1. Product of choice: “Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt” by L’Oreal
  6. White Eyeliner, in the waterline to make my eyes look a bit bigger.
    1. Product of choice: “Kohl” by Rimmel
  7. Highlighter & Blusher
    1. Product of choice: “Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette” by Becca
  8. Lips
    1. Product of choice: “Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour” by Revlon in the shade Vineyard

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I am absolutely in love with the Becca concealer, its lightweight with a good amount of coverage and so hydrating. It covers my panda eyes and dark spots. This product has become a new fave and possibly even earned a repurchase in the future.

What’s your summer makeup routine? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • “Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream” by REN: $56
  • “Photo Finish Foundation Primer” by Smashbox: $50
  • “Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer” by Becca: $36
  • “Stay Matte Pressed Powder” by Rimmel: $8
  • “Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt” by L’Oreal: $10
  • “Kohl” by Rimmel: $6
  • “Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette” by Becca: $54
  • “Ultra HD Gel Lipcolour” by Revlon: $12

Until Next Time!


-Suman

A Summer Glow|Becca X Chrissy Review

At this point and time I’m sure all of you have heard about or bought the “Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette”. There was buzz around this product before its release as expected, since one of social media’s biggest stars was a part of this collaboration. This palette comes with 1 blush shade, 2 highlighters, and 1 bronzer. Let’s start with packaging. I am a sucker for packaging and this product got me good. It’s a beautiful metal quad with a marble front and a massive mirror inside. The colours of the packaging consist of mostly pinks, peach, and rose gold, which gives off a very light and summery vibe. Becca really nailed the packaging!

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Opening up the palette you will see your product. Let’s begin with the bronzer. It is a beautiful product, perfect for a warm summer bronzy look but it’s more for light to medium skin tone. It is not dark enough for deeper skin tones. I guess if they did want to market it for more skin tones they could’ve added 2 bronzer shades instead of just 1. There are flex of shimmer in the bronzer, which personally I am not fan of. I do prefer matte bronzers. The bronzer is the product I use the least in this palette. The blusher is amazing; it also contains flex of shimmer which I do not mind. The blush is a beautiful rosy shade which will compliment a lot of different skin tones. It is well pigmented which is great!

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I appreciate that the palette comes with 2 highlighter shades, which will compliment more skin tones. One thing to note is that these highlighters in the palette are less pigmented than the regular Becca powder highlighters.  This isn’t a terrible thing; I found that these highlighters in the palette are more so of an everyday effortless summer glow and not blinding where you need sunglasses. I usually layer them on top of one another which give a great finish. On their own they give off more of a medium glow.

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The quality of all the powders, I find, are great. They are not chalky and application is smooth. The outcome is long lasting, and if you are a fan of warmer shades and a non-blinding everyday glow, you will love this palette. This palette is well priced as well since you do get 2 highlighters, 1 blush and 1 bronzer. I do find myself reaching for this face palette on the daily since it has everything I need in it and is perfect for an everyday effortless look.

 

 

 

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette: $54

Until Next Time!


-Suman

MAC IS BACK VOL II

OMG I know it’s been some time since I’ve posted, but it’s all good because I am making my comeback with a hot new fave.

Mac is back! I know I have definitely said that on my blog in the past but I just can’t help it. Maybe this could be a new Mac Cosmetics series? As you may have heard or seen all over Instagram, Mac Cosmetics has launched another collection and this time is a perfect blow up of summer. Seriously, when you look at this collection, the packaging and the products, you just imagine summer time. The “Fruit Juicy” collection includes a bunch of fun lipsticks, lipglasses, eyeshadow palettes, powders, bronzers, lustre drops, a scented mac fix plus, makeup brushes and a makeup bag. I absolutely love the packaging of this collection, its super flowery and just screams warmer weather and fun in the sun. I was most excited for one palette, “Fruit A La La”, and I set my alarm early for the day of the launch and bought it immediately.

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From the three palettes in this collection, this one is my fave. The colours are so pretty and vibrant. This palette comes with six shades, a deep brown, hot pink, fiery orange, a glittery copper, light grey, and satin beige. Looking at this palette at first the colours may seem a tad intimidating but they are so much fun to play with. The best thing about this palette is how well the shadows blend and how effortlessly you can create a colourful look. These shadows are long wear and smooth. When applying the glittery copper shade just be careful of a bit of fallout, it’s nothing crazy whatsoever but with glittery shadow you should always be cautious.

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You will be able to see the great pigment in the picture where I swatched the shades. I did not find these shadows to be patchy or lacking pigment which was great because the colours are so beautiful.

I can definitely promise that this will be my go-to summer palette because I am so obsessed with pinks and oranges lately, whether is be this palette or a fiery orange lip, I am all for it! Let me know what you guys think of palette and the rest of the collection 🙂

 

 

 

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • “Fruit A La La” palette: $42

Until Next Time!


-Suman

The Perfect Full Coverage Foundation|Updated Routine

Are you looking for a new foundation to test out? Well look no further! My current fave full coverage foundation is the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”.

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This foundation has it all. It’s lightweight, full coverage, and long wearing. This foundation will stay on and provide you with good coverage for your entire day. I appreciate the wide selection of shades Clinique offers, and the applicator is by far the best. This foundation has a large doe foot applicator, perfect for precise application whether you’re just spot concealing or full face.

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Also, there is no mess or wasting any extra product. The finish of this foundation is more on the natural to matte side, but not in the super drying way such as the “L’Oreal Pro Matte”. Personally, I have combination skin and this foundation lasts me all day and does not look cakey or greasy. This formula blends very well and is fragrance free which is fantastic for anyone sensitive to scent or just hates scent in their makeup.  This foundation does a great job with covering redness, blemishes and balancing uneven skin tones. Whether you’re looking for a new concealer or foundation, this product would definitely be worth a try.

It’s a great product and for a great price, this retails for $35 CDN which for the amount you get, is amazing. Let’s compare price points with the “Tarte Shape Tape” concealer, amazing full coverage product but retails for $31 CDN and you only get 10mL. With the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”, a two in one product, you get 30mL for $35 CDN. It’s my current favourite go-to full coverage foundation and a must try for anyone looking for a new foundation or concealer. It’s a very comfortable wear, especially if you have to a long day ahead of you and creates a flawless canvas.

For the “Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer”, I am in the shade 8 golden neutral.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (30mL): $35
  • Tarte Shape Tape (10mL): $31

Until Next Time!


-Suman

LIP TIP

When I first started wearing makeup, I never used to line my lips. In fact, I use to think it was super pointless and a waste of time. The older I got, the more I realized how important lining your lips is.

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Usually with a lip stain you don’t necessarily have to line your lips. But with any kind of lip stick or even sometimes a gloss, a lip liner can make all the difference. Do you ever wonder how to get those perfect Instagram lips? Yes a lot of people now have lip fillers but you do not necessarily need to get the needle for fuller lips! You can simply use a lip liner to overdraw your natural lip line and achieve your desired pout. With a lip liner, you can achieve those crisp edges and create that perfect cupid’s bow. Further advantages of lining you lips include longevity, fuller and shapelier lips, and can correct discolouration. With lining your lips and even filling them in with the lip liner and then topping it with your choice of lipstick or gloss, the colour will stay on much stronger and longer. Some people may also have some discolouration in their lips which can alter any lip colour if applied directly, but using a liner will definitely help. Using a nude liner can easily even out that discolouration and you can rock the lip colour of your choice.

My favourite drug store liners would be by Annabelle, NYX, Milani, Essence, or LA Girl. For higher end options I absolutely love MAC liners, they glide on great and have many colours to choose from. I personally prefer lip liners in the form of a pencil which you can sharpen instead of a retractable liner; I find that I have way more control in a pencil.

Prices, without tax or shipping, for the products mentioned (CAD):

  • Annabelle Lip Liner: $7
  • NYX Lip Liner: $7
  • Milani Lip Liner: $10
  • Essence Lip Liner: $5
  • LA Girl Lip Liner: $7
  • MAC Lip Liner: $21

Until Next TIme!


-Suman