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REVIEW: Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Hello, lovelies!

I love trying new setting sprays. I usually set my makeup with MAC Fix+ but decided to try Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray about two months ago. After one use, I knew this product would become an integral part of my makeup kit. Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray is the main product I set my makeup with each day and I’ve completely fallen in love with it!

The Packaging 

I adore the packaging of Urban Decay’s Setting Spray! The spray comes in a round bottle with a nozzle for easy use. The packaging itself features a sleek, matte black colour with the Urban Decay logo and the product name embossed on it. I love the swirled, light purple lettering on the bottle. This bottle is lightweight and easy to travel with.

The Mist

The weightless mist feels refreshing on the skin. It is formulated with a unique Temperature Control Technology that lowers the temperature of makeup to increase its longevity. The mist does not feel heavy when spritzed onto the skin and dries down completely when applied. It is completely transparent and does not leave any residue when applied. The product has a pleasant cooling sensation when sprayed into the skin, owing to the mist’s unique Temperature Control Technology.

The Wear 

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. It sets my makeup for the entire day, and my makeup does not fade or crease. Further, the product doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin! I spritz the product onto my skin in the morning and my makeup stays vibrant for 10-12 hours.

How to Use It 

Shake the bottle well before use. Hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the skin 2-4 times in an X and T formation then allow to dry. I also regularly apply this product to my eyeshadow brushes before use to intensify the colour of shadows.

Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray has revolutionized my makeup routine. The spray increases the longevity of makeup, refreshes my skin and makes my makeup look vibrant and fresh! The spray is available in multiple sizes at Sephora. The mini sized bottle retails for $19, the standard sized bottle retails for $40 and the jumbo-sized bottle retails for $50.

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Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Keep Your Lips Soft All Winter and Eliminate Dryness

Hello, lovelies!

Do you suffer from dry, chapped lips during winter months? I find myself constantly reapplying lip balm and sugar scrubs to maintain soft, supple lips. Here are the top tips I use to keep my lips soft in colder weather!

Choose the right lip balm 

Not all lip balms are created equally. Some lip balms contain ingredients like menthol and camphor which can actually dry the lips further. If you’re looking for a balm that adds extra moisture to the lips, ensure that it contains ingredients like aloe, coconut oil, and shea butter.

Buff away flakiness with a sugar scrub 

You should use extra care when exfoliating your lips. If you want to eliminate extra dryness and flakiness, use a sugar scrub. Sugar crystals will gently exfoliate the lips without drying them.

Resist the urge to lick dry lips

This may seem counterintuitive, but licking dry lips may actually cause them to become further aggravated. Instead of naturally moistening the lips, try applying a moisturizing balm or mask to introduce extra moisture.

Protect your lips

It’s important to take steps to avoid dry lips in the first place. During cold winter months, try sealing moisture into your lips with a balm or lip mask. One of my favourite ways to protect my lips during the winter is by wearing a warm scarf over my mouth to prevent dryness.

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3 Primers I Use Weekly to Perfect My Skin

Hello, lovelies!

Primer is a staple in my makeup kit. I wear primer underneath my makeup to smooth my skin, and to increase the longevity of the products I apply. I use a variety of primers throughout the week to create a matte, luminous, or dewy finish. I alternate between these three primers:

Urban Decay Rebound Collagen-Infused Complexion Priming Spray 

I bought a travel-sized bottle of this priming spray recently, and instantly loved it! This is the first primer I’ve tried from Urban Decay and it will not be my last. The spray makes my skin feel refreshed, hydrated and soft. I apply it to my skin before makeup and my foundation and concealer appear dewy and radiant.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 

Smashbox’s iconic Photo Finish Primer is a staple in my makeup kit. It is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs into my skin quickly. The primer creates a smooth base for makeup, and it helps to even my complexion before I apply foundation. I love that the silky formula of the primer translates to my skin when applied.

Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer 

I adore this protective primer! It is a velvety balm that sinks into my skin and instantly makes it feel plump and smooth. The product eliminates excess oil in my skin and gives my complexion a matte finish.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Hello, lovelies!

Until recently, I’d never tested the iconic Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced. I received a sample of the mascara at Sephora earlier this season and immediately returned to the store to buy a full-sized tube! Once I began wearing this mascara, it became a staple in my makeup kit.

The Packaging 

The mascara comes in a fun frosted-pink tube with the Too Faced logo and product name embossed into it. It is lightweight and travel-friendly. The mascara wand contained inside features compact, elongated bristles.

The Formula 

After it is is initially applied, the mascara feels very wet and sticky. Once the product dries down it feels lightweight and dries to a matte black colour. The formula is not clumpy and it is easy to apply the product to each lash.

The Wear 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara curls my lashes easily and gives them a bold, matte black colour. The mascara wears well throughout the day, but does tend to flake with extended wear. I love that a little product goes a long way – you only need a small amount of mascara to achieve length and volume!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is a daily essential in my makeup kit! This is the only mascara I’ve worn for the last few months and it certainly does not disappoint. If you are looking for to enhance your natural lashes with mascara, I’d definitely recommend trying this mascara! Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara retails for $31 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Useful Tips to Grow Your Blog, Create Good Content and Gain More Followers

Hello, lovelies!

As a blogger, I’ve learned a lot. While I’ve found plenty of ideas and tricks that have not worked, I’ve also discovered strategies that have grown my blog. Today I’m sharing the essential tips that I apply daily to help grow my blog!

1. Use tags and categories

I use this feature daily when writing new blog posts! By adding up to 15 relevant tags and categories to your post, you will increase the visibility of your posts in search engines. Once my blog began to grow, I gained more regular readers by adding relevant tags to each post.

2. Create an eye-catching title

Creating a title that is unique and eye-catching is also a great method to increase the search ability of your posts. A great post title also shares the value of your writing with your readers. One tool I rely on to create SEO-friendly titles is CoSchedule.

3. Hyperlink previous blog posts

I find this tip most helpful when I am writing a blog post that contains similar content to a post that I have already shared. Hyperlinking to previous posts helps to showcase older posts, but also keeps older content active.

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3 Things I Do Every Morning For a Productive, Energized Day

Hello, lovelies!

The way you start your day has a significant impact on how the rest of it unfolds. I enjoy taking charge of my day by engaging in a morning routine that makes me feel both energized and relaxed. If I am intentional about my morning, the rest of my day usually unfolds smoother. Here are three things I do every morning for a productive, energized day!

Have the tools I need for the day organized and within reach 

This applies to every aspect of my morning routine. For example, when my coffee cup is right next to my Keurig, or when my face cleanser is within reach on my bathroom vanity, I feel much more organized. I like to ensure that items I use every single morning are easy to find.

Drink coffee

I adore coffee, and would consider my Keurig as one of my best friends. Drinking coffee each day is a staple in my morning routine for two reasons. First, the caffeine gives me an energy boost to start the day. Second, drinking coffee has become a routine task for me each morning and I feel relaxed and ready to take on the day once this task is complete.

Get dressed and apply makeup 

This one may seem obvious, but I feel more energized when I am completely ready for the day. Just making myself look productive after dressing and applying makeup instantly leads to feeling productive.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

Hello, lovelies!

With the holiday season approaching, I like to introduce extra glitter into my makeup routine. I bought a few shades of Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots recently, and they have transformed my eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging

The packaging of these eyeshadows feels luxurious. The shadow is packed into a round transparent pot. I love that this displays the vibrant colour of the shadow inside. The cover of the pot is a gorgeous metallic-gold. Each shadow fits into the palm of the hand and is ideal for travel!

The Formula

Each shadow is composed of pearl pigments that give it a shiny, colourful finish. The shadow feels creamy to the touch and blend easily. After applying the shadow to the lid, it has a beautiful foiled appearance.

The Wear

I did notice a small amount of fallout when wearing these pigments, owing to the looseness of them. Once I applied them with a wet brush, they stayed vibrant and colourful for hours.

How to Use Them

I’d recommend applying Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with a wet brush for maximum pigmentation. They can also be applied with the fingertips for an intense colour.

The Shades

I adore the range of bright colours in this collection! There are 8 shades in total:

  • Park Ave Princess – Metallic bronze
  • Fire Dancer – Metallic burgundy
  • Martini – Metallic bronzed olive
  • Top Yacht – Metallic champagne
  • Steel the Show – Metallic steel navy
  • Beach Bae – Metallic copper
  • Sun Drenched – Metallic bronze champagne
  • Frose – Metallic rose gold

Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a beautiful addition to your eyeshadow collection if you want a burst of pigmented glitter in your eyeshadow looks! I love the wear, pigmentation and longevity of these beautiful eyeshadow toppers. Each single shadow pot retails for $27 at Sephora.

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Tips and tricks

3 Mascara Tips to Enhance Your Lashes

Hello, lovelies!

Even if you weren’t born with long, voluminous lashes, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them with a few easy tricks. I love experimenting with new tips and ideas to apply mascara to lengthen and enhance my natural lashes. Here are my top tips to enhance eyelashes with mascara!

Twirl your mascara wand for maximum effect 

Twirl your mascara wand inside the tube instead of pumping it to avoid letting excess air into the product. Pumping the wand into the tube increases the likelihood that bacteria will get into the mascara. Twirling your mascara wand inside the tube will also help dispense extra product onto the wand.

Find the best wand shape for your eyes

Not all mascara wands are one-size-fits-all. If you have monolids or a smaller eye shape, a smaller mascara wand will enable to reach all your lashes. The point of mascara is to ensure that it reaches all your lashes. If you have a smaller eye shape, look for a smaller shaped mascara wand.

Curl your lashes for 10 seconds at a time 

Your eyelashes are fragile, so they should only be curled once at a time. Hold your eyelash curler on your lashes for 10 seconds to give them volume without causing them to loosen from your eyelid.

What is your favourite tip for applying mascara?

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3 Facial Cleanser Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Hello, lovelies!

Applying facial cleanser seems like a basic concept. You may think it’s impossible to make any mistakes when you pump cleanser into your palm every morning, but there are actually a few little missteps you can make that can disrupt your daily routine and your skin. Here are three mistakes you probably didn’t know you were making with your facial cleanser!

1. Rubbing your skin too much

A gentle, circular massage is all you need to work the product into your skin and boost circulation. If you’re rubbing your skin too much while cleansing, there’s potential to irritate your skin. If your skin appears red and inflamed immediately after you rinse cleanser off your face, it’s a good sign that you’re rubbing the skin too much.

2. Storing your cleanser in the shower

It’s convenient to store all your products in one place. However, storing your cleansers in the shower can actually ruin them. If your bottle of cleanser absorbs any shower spray, it could dilute the product. To preserve the integrity of your cleanser’s formula, keep it stored in a cool, dry place.

3. Not removing all your makeup before applying cleanser

It is important to double-cleanse in order to remove all makeup residue. I often double-cleanse by applying a cleansing oil to remove all my makeup before applying my regular cleanser to wash my face. Removing all traces of makeup will ensure that your cleanser is properly absorbed into your skin.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

With colder weather approaching, I like to incorporate products into my daily routine to moisturize my lips. I’ve always loved Laneige products and couldn’t wait to try the Lip Sleeping Mask after I bought it at Sephora last month.

The Packaging

The packaging of this lip mask is fun, travel-friendly and eye-catching. The lip mask comes in a rounded jar that fits in the palm of your hand. The jar itself is a gorgeous pale pink and bears the Laneige logo. It is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse, makeup bag, or even your pocket!

The Mask

One of my favourite aspects of this lip mask is the texture of the mask. It feels like a balm, and it is soft to the touch. When applied to the lips, the mask feels moisturizing, lightweight and buttery-soft. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky after it is applied. It smells faintly of fresh berries, owing to the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and cranberry extracts packed into the mask. After wearing this mask both morning and overnight, my lips were soft, plump and smooth.

How to use it

I usually apply this mask in the morning and evening as a part of my skincare routine. The full-sized jar comes with an applicator to apply the product. I have a travel-sized jar and apply it with my fingertips. Simply apply the product to the lips and let it absorb. I love that it does not need to be rinsed off. I apply it to my lips and let it do the work!

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a wonderful product to keep the lips smooth, hydrated and plump. This mask is perfect to travel with, and can be applied morning or night. I love applying it daily as part of my skincare routine. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $24 at Sephora.