Product Reviews

REVIEW: Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Mascara

 

 

Happy Friday, everyone! I wrote this post while gazing over downtown Montreal.

Most of the time, I reach for drugstore branded mascara. I decided to buy Benefit Cosmetics mascara after receiving a sample at Sephora. I was on the hunt for a waterproof, smudge-proof mascara. I have long eyelashes, and tend to smudge my mascara when I blink! This mascara does not smudge.

The Packaging 

As photographed above, the black and hot pink box gives off that “bad-gal” vibe. The mascara itself comes in a long, cylindrical tube with a silver top. The slimline mascara wand makes it easier to coat each lash.

The Mascara

The mascara itself is wet in texture. It does not clump when applied to my lashes. The mascara packaging promised long luscious lashes, and it delivered! This mascara still looks natural when applied. It lifts and curls the lashes. The mascara dries fast, making it easier to apply more than a single coat. This mascara is available in the colour “Rich Black.”

Benefit’s mascara is one of my favourites! This mascara gives my lashes volume, without clumping or flaking.

Benefit’s BADgal lash mascara retails for $26 on Sephora’s website.

What is your current favourite mascara? Leave a comment below!

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Tips and tricks

Tips for Soothing a Sunburn

 

Sunburns can be a pain. In todays post, I share tips to help you soothe a painful sunburn.

Apply aloe vera to the painful area. Aloe vera derives from the aloe plant. Applying aloe vera to the skin can lessen the sting from a sunburn, and calm the skin. The cooling effect of aloe vera should help the sting associated with a sunburn.

Soaking the skin in cold water for immediate relief.  Cold water draws the heat from your skin. Swelling is also reduced.

Lather skin with a milk-based lotion. Moisturizing lotions containing milk ingredients have a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. The skin also remains hydrated.

Stay hydrated. A sunburn dehydrates the body. Our natural healing mechanisms bring moisture into the burned area. Increasing water intake helps the body replenish lost moisture. Headache and fatigue may go with a sunburn – staying hydrated helps avoid this.

Skip scrubbing. Using a loofah or products containing micro-beads (e.g. body scrubs) increases irritation by stripping away moisture. Lathering with soap provides moisture without increasing irritation.

What are your go-to remedies to ease a sunburn? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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About Me, Uncategorized

Behind the Scenes Blogging Tag


I came across this tag in one of Emily Rose’s posts, and decided to complete these questions on my own blog. Answering these questions was fun, and I hope it lets you get to know me a little more!

Where do you blog?

I am attending university, and have a desk set up where I study during the semester. I do most of my writing and editing in this space. I have the space set up with a calendar, computer, and a cute pencil holder. If I am away from home, I use my phone to draft posts. Keeping my phone on hand is great for anytime inspiration strikes!

Where do you find inspiration for your posts?

I find inspiration from just about anywhere. Ideas for my posts can come from an Instagram photo, a blog I’ve recently read, or an object I saw. I am creative, so most of my post ideas come from my own thoughts.

How long does it take to write a blog post? 

It takes me 1-2 days to write a new post. After writing the post, I spend half a day editing it. Following the editing process, I take photographs for my post during that same day. I publish three posts per week, and like to keep my writing/editing time short between each post.

Do you plan your posts?

Yes. I use a desk calendar to draft a posting schedule. I use a notebook to plan the topics for each post, and to sketch out a general idea of the post. This notebook also contains any research I need to do for a post.

What editing programs do you use?

I sometimes use VSCO to edit my photos. I sometimes add a white border to my photos using an app called Whitagram. These are the only editing apps I use.

Do you use a notebook to track your ideas? 

I use a notebook to plan and date my posts. I like to keep it on hand when inspiration strikes.

Do you take your pictures? 

I do. I think taking your own pictures adds uniqueness to your blog.

Who knows about your blog?

My family and friends, and anyone who follows me on social media.

Are you an organized or messy blogger?

Organized. I plan and draft my posts for each week during the Sunday of that week. Once I’ve written a post, I check it two to three times for any errors. I edit my posts completely before publishing.

Biggest blogging pet peeve?

At the moment, I have none.

Thanks for reading! Do you have any methods of planning a post, or writing a post, that you use? If so, I’d love to hear about them below!

 

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

I recently began looking for a new makeup line to try at Sephora. After viewing many posts about Anastasia Beverly Hills I decided to try the products. As I’ve mentioned, I am a lover of lipstick. I had to add another to my collection.

On (another) trip to Sephora last week, I scouted these products. I had my eye on the Modern Renaissance palette but it was not in stock at my local Sephora.  As I continued to browse, my eyes landed on the selection of liquid lipsticks. After brief testing, I settled on the color DOLCE.

The Packaging

The lipstick comes in sleek and simple black packaging. This lipstick is in a clear tube, making it easy to know the exact color and amount. Anastasia Beverly Hills lipsticks come with a doe-foot applicator. This applicator allows precise application.



The Colour 

I own a bright orange lipstick, but went looking for a peach-colored lipstick for summer. The Anastasia Beverly Hills website describes this colour as a “muted coral.” On my lips, DOLCE is more peach-toned. As with other liquid lipsticks, adding a second coat darkens the colour.

Below is a swatch of the colour:


The Wear

This lipstick stays in place for about five hours. I expected the pale shade to fade sooner than some of my other liquid lipsticks. I have not tested whether a darker shade would last longer. The lipstick is not patchy on the lips, and the formula is lightweight and smooth. The lipstick dries to a matte finish.

I am pleased with Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks, and will buy them again!

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick is available in 27 shades. The lipstick can be purchased from Sephora’s official website or from Anastasia Beverly Hills official website for $20.

Have you tried Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

 

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Tips and tricks

Tips for Organizing Your Makeup


I normally toss my makeup in a polka-dot bag. Searching for a certain product is often difficult. I recently decided to compose a solution to keep my products organized, and in easy reach. Today, I’ll share some of the tips and tricks I use to organize my makeup collection.

Invest in a storage unit. 

A storage unit can be anything from a shelf to a makeup bag. Having a physical space to hold makeup products keeps them together. Transporting products is often easier. I currently use the bag below to hold my all my products. When I travel, I downsize to a simple zipped bag, or a Ziplock bag, when in a pinch!

 

Dedicate a space for your makeup products.

If you have many products, a dresser drawer or shelf space in a closet is ideal for storage. Dedicating a specific space for makeup products allows you to keep them together in one place. To simplify your organization further, organizing similar products together can help. For example, anything from a coffee cup to a clear plastic container is ideal for storing brushes.

Clean out your makeup stash. 

I know, it’s tempting to hold onto that berry lip stain you bought a year ago, just in case. Every month it’s a good idea to go through all your makeup, and toss anything that has expired, or you have not used in a while. This de-clutters your makeup collection. Tossing old products minimizes the chances of bacteria transfer as well. Your face will thank you!

Do you have any tips that you use to organize your makeup? I’d love to hear them!

 

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About Me, Uncategorized

Body Positivity

Beauty is multi-faceted. Beauty is both your outer appearance and internal feelings/emotions towards yourself. Today’s post focuses on loving the skin you’re in.

I wanted to write a post about body-positivity. Being comfortable in your own skin is important. Acknowledging inner beauty is as significant as recognizing outer beauty. Sometimes this can be easier said than done. Becoming comfortable in my own skin was something I struggled with for a little while. My body is not perfect. In truth, nobody has a “perfect” body.

Becoming comfortable in your own skin will not happen overnight – it did not for me!  Courage, and confidence are integral aspects of overcoming fear and doubts about yourself. This is especially true when it comes to your body.

I now realize that these scars make me who I am. My surgical scars are permanent reminders of my strength. Scars tell stories, stories of hope, courage, and strength. 

When you are happy with your body, you glow. I came across a story in Huffington Post, published last year, that sparked the idea for this post. The campaign is called “Every Body Has a Story”. It encourages women to overcome insecurities, and love their bodies. This message inspired the idea that our bodies tell our stories. Our imperfections make us who we are.

Body positivity is about accepting your flaws, and reclaiming your body. Loving the skin you are in can inspire you, motivate you, and instill confidence. After all, beauty is multi-dimensional.

 

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick


I decided to write a review of Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick after Wednesday’s post. These lipsticks are opaque and highly pigmented. When first applied, this lipstick feels like a gloss, but it sets to a matte finish. Applying more than one layer of the lipstick achieves a darker color, but it does not feel heavy on the lips.

Liquid lipsticks can be dry. These are not. If your lips tend to dry, it may be helpful to wear a lip balm underneath this lipstick. Upon application, the lipstick is creamy while remaining liquid at the same time. The lipstick dries quick, leaving the lips velvet-smooth.

After about 6 hours of wear, the lipstick tends to feather slightly in the middle. Despite this, the lipstick is still long-lasting! The colour lasts on my lips for 8-10 hours.

Below are swatches of the two shades I purchased from Sephora. I own Backstage Bambi and Bauhau5. The colour Backstage Bambi is a vivid hot pink, while Bauhau5 is a deep raspberry colour. The shades may appear a shade darker, or lighter, on different skin tones. In the first photo, the lipstick is still wet. In the second photo, the lipstick dried to a matte finish.



Photos: The lighter pink swatches are Backstage Bambi. Both of the darker pink swatches are Bauhau5.

Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick is available in 29 shades. They are available for $2o on Kat Von D’s official website or Sephora’s official website for $24.

 

 

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Tips and tricks

Tips for applying liquid lipstick

 


Liquid lipsticks have become popular in the beauty world lately. Brands like Kat Von D beauty and Anastasia Beverly Hills have liquid lipsticks in their collections. Liquid lipsticks are long-wearing and smudge-resistant. I hopped on the liquid lipstick bandwagon myself. In today’s post, I’m sharing tips for applying liquid lipstick. When first beginning to wear them, liquid lipstick application can be tricky.

Exfoliate: Liquid lipsticks always dry to a matte finish. This highlights any imperfections in the lip surface. Exfoliating before applying a liquid lipstick keeps the lips smooth, and application easier. Effective methods of exfoliating the lips are by using a lip scrub, or a lip balm. Most makeup stores carry lip scrubs. When in a pinch, mixing coconut oil and table sugar creates lip scrub paste!

Invest in a good makeup remover. Liquid lipsticks, once dry, can be difficult to remove. To help remove the lipstick, it is helpful to have a non-abrasive makeup remover on hand.

Application. An easy way to apply liquid lipstick is to outline the lips with the colour, then fill the lips in. This ensures precise colour application. To achieve an even layering of colour, it may take two applications. Applying thin layers ensures that the colour is distributed. If desired, deepening the colour is also done by applying more than one layer.

Friday’s post features an in-depth review of Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick. Stay tuned!

Do you have any tips for applying liquid lipstick that you swear by? Or a favourite liquid lipstick? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

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Uncategorized

Travel Essentials

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Summer is a popular time to travel. I returned from Florida last month, and am heading to Montreal in two weeks! When traveling, there are certain items I always like to bring along. In today’s post, I’m sharing a peek at some of my travel essentials.

Kate Spade purse

This purse has become my go-to when traveling. The size is perfect for holding items, like my passport, and a book. It keeps everything in one place, and keeps my hands free. This purse is also ideal for shopping!


 

Makeup bag essentials

I like to keep my makeup bag as light as possible when travelling. I narrow my lipstick collection to three tubes – a red, a pink, and a burgundy. For my skin, I include concealer and foundation. I travel with my Naked II palette, as the case is less-prone to potential breaks than the Naked Smoky. Eyeliner and mascara are must-haves also.

As mentioned in my tips and tricks for clear skin post, I use Noxema anti-blemish pads to control blemishes. The container of pads is compact to travel with. I keep makeup wipes in my carry-on bag, and makeup bag, to remove any dirt and oil from my skin. These wipes are ideal after a long day of travelling.

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Other crucial items in my carry-on include my cell phone, a notebook (or two!) and a neck-pillow for use during flights.

Will you be travelling anywhere this summer? Feel free to leave a comment!

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s product review features Clinique Acne Solutions liquid makeup. This foundation not only covers and conceals, but it also treats acne! This foundation contains salicylic acid to help control blemishes. The amounts of salicylic acid are small. The foundation should be used along with a face wash containing salicylic acid. According to Clinique’s website, this foundation is a “non-irritating oil free makeup that helps blend blemishes and neutralize redness.”

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When applied to the skin, this foundation is lightweight. It blends well, and does not feel caked. I have tried foundations in the past that have melted off my skin by the end of the day. Clinique’s foundation stays in place until removed with makeup remover. This foundation is cooling and comfortable on the skin.

Clinique’s foundation is available in a 30 ml bottle. One of my favourite aspects of this foundation is the design of the bottle. The bottle has a fine nozzle tip, allowing the makeup to dispense only as needed.

Below are swatches of the foundation. This foundation has the texture of a lotion.

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A great tip for choosing a foundation shade: Sephora stores offer a colour IQ service to help find the best shade for your skin. Clinique’s Acne Solutions liquid makeup is available in 11 shades. I use the shade Fresh Alabaster. This foundation is available on Sephora’s official website or from Clinique’s official website for $34 (Canadian).

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