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3 Quick, Effective Ways to Soothe a Sunburn

Hello, lovelies!

Where I live on the east coast of Canada, we get approximately 10 days of summer weather. When the weather is hot and sunny it is inevitable that you’ll spend time outside. Sunburns are often synonymous with summer, but you don’t have to suffer long with the burning, blistering sensation that the burn often leaves! Here are three quick ways to sooth a sunburn.

Apply a cooling sensation

Applying a cold compress or wet washcloth to the skin is a quick way to sooth the stinging, burning sensation from a sunburn. This method is more effective than applying ice to the skin, as it can damage your skin and irritate the sunburn even more.

Take an anti-inflammatory 

This is a quick method to use when your sunburn is inflamed and painful. Taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or Advil will help reduce swelling and inflammation in the skin.

Drink a lot of fluids 

Drinking more fluids when you have a sunburn will help replenish the moisture that leaves your skin when you are sunburned. Increasing your fluid intake will also prevent you from becoming dehydrated. I like to keep a reusable water bottle nearby when lounging in the sun to maintain my fluid intake.

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Inside Erin Angela’s 5 Minute Makeup Routine for Busy Mornings

Hello, lovelies!

We all have mornings where there’s simply no time to complete a full makeup routine. On these types of mornings, I simplify my makeup routine. This simplified routine still feels polished, but takes less than five minutes to complete!

Face

I apply moisturizer every morning, regardless of how rushed I may be. Moisturizer gives my skin a boost of hydration and brightens my complexion. The main moisturizer in my routine is GlamGlow’s WaterBurst Moisturizer – it is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. I complete my face makeup with a few swipes of concealer. The concealer I love right now is Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer.

Eyes

A simple winged eyeliner does wonders to widen and brighten my eyes. I apply NYX Epic Ink Liner because it is waterproof and lasts all day. I then apply two coats of mascara to lengthen my lashes.

Lips

Lipstick is a staple in my daily makeup routine. On days when I am wearing minimal makeup, I apply a brightly coloured shade. Two shades that I wear regularly are Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine, a gorgeous deep red; or Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in the shade Heroine, a bright orange-red.

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REVIEW: Coloured Raine Liquid Lipstick

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a package from the brand Coloured Raine in exchange for a review. I was eager to try the liquid lipsticks contained within the package. I received a variety of liquid lipsticks that have matte and glossy finishes. Coloured Raine was founded in 2013 by Loraine Dowdy. The brand is cruelty-free. This is the first time I’ve tried cosmetics from the brand, and I instantly fell in love with the lipsticks!

The Packaging 

The packages are stunningly beautiful. Each liquid lipstick comes in a lightweight, transparent tube that displays the lipstick’s true colour. I adore the hot pink details that adorn the top of the lipstick cover and transcend down the tube. Each lipstick is lightweight and travel-friendly. The lipstick wand is longer than other wands I’ve tried, but it has a doe foot applicator.

The Shades 

I received four lipsticks – three of the shades are matte, and one is a lacquer formula. The shades are described below:

  • Cherry Blossom Lip Lacquer – A bright, blue-based red
  • Mars Liquid Lipstick – Dusty rose
  • Nude Liquid Lipstick – Burnt sienna with a pale brown undertone
  • Roulette Liquid Lipstick – Royal purple

The Formula 

Coloured Raine’s lipsticks have one of the best formulas that I’ve tried recently. The shade Cherry Blossom has a glossy formula that feels slightly sticky upon initial application. It dries down to a glossy finish that is smooth. However, it is not as long-wearing as the matte shades. Each of the matte lipsticks is highly pigmented, and do not flake or fade with wear. The matte shades are opaque, long-wearing, and not patchy.

The Wear 

Each lipstick is opaque, pigmented and comfortable on the lips. I always apply my lipstick over a lip pencil, and the matte shades wear for 6-8 hours without fading or flaking. I tested the shade Cherry Blossom for the first time yesterday. Because it is a lacquer formula, it transfers easily. However, the shade fades into a beautiful popsicle-pout stain that lasts for an additional 1-2 hours.

I am very impressed with the quality, wear, and formula of Coloured Raine’s Liquid Lipsticks! If you are looking for an affordable, high-quality liquid lipstick I would definitely recommend this brand. Stay tuned for additional reviews! Coloured Raine’s Matte Liquid Lipsticks retail for $17 while the Lip Lacquers retail for $15. Each lipstick is available from Coloured Raine’s official website.

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4 Simple Productivity Tips for Busy People

Hello, lovelies!

It can seem tough to complete every task on an endless to-do list. There may never be enough hours in the day to complete everything, but with a few simple tips, it is easy to increase your productivity.

1. Complete the least desirable task first 

Starting your day by completing the task you dread the most will encourage you to complete it faster so you can move on to more enjoyable tasks. Completing the hardest, least-desirable tasks first will make your day better.

2. Create a daily ‘to-do’ list

love creating daily lists of tasks. A daily list enables you to visualize the tasks you must complete throughout the day. Also, it is a helpful tool to prioritize each of those tasks. Are some tasks urgent? Does it have to be completed by the end of day, or end of the week? A ‘to-do’ list provides you with a framework of what must get completed on a daily or weekly basis.

3. Stay positive, and take breaks

A positive outlook will help you stay on track. Working hard is easier when you are happy and positive. One way to increase your positivity is to take regular breaks throughout the day – breaks help you refocus.

4. Schedule everything 

My planner is attached to my hip, and I believe that if something doesn’t get scheduled, it does not get done. Scheduling every appointment I have or task to complete helps me stay productive and on-time.

Do you have any time-management tips? If so, leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about them! 

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3 Brands of Rose Wine That You Need to Try Right Now

Hello, lovelies!

June 10 was National Rose Day. Anyone who knows me will know that I am an avid wine drinker. This will be a short and sweet blog post, as I’ve been suffering from seasonal allergies since Friday! To commemorate National Rose Day, I’m sharing my favourite types of rose. *clink!*

Barefoot Bubbly 

Barefoot Bubbly wine is technically a white wine, but the wine has a bright pink hue. Sparkling wines are crisp. The brand’s White Zinfandel wine is my go-to. I enjoy light, refreshening wine flavours. This bottle contains notes of strawberry and peach. The addition of a bubbly texture gives the wine a crisp, delightful taste. I choose this wine most often due to its light taste (and the bubbles, of course!)

Yellowtail 

Yellowtail Wine hails from Australia. This wine is prominent during my family’s holiday celebrations, especially Christmas and Easter. Pink Bubbles (I love that name!) is another sparkling wine, but it contains more carbonation. The flavour of this wine is bright. This Yellowtail carries strawberry tasting notes with hints of lemon.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose 

This type of wine is a delicious mix between Rose and Moscato.  Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose  is a true summer beverage – tasting notes include fresh summer berries. This wine is created “frizzante” style, meaning it is gently sparkling.

What is your favourite type of wine?

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REVIEW: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I wear a lot of lipstick. As a result, my lips consistently feel dry and chapped. I decided to try Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. I have not tried a lip mask before this one, but this one delivers intensive moisture!

The Packaging

The mask is contained in a triangular, slate-grey tube. It is sleek and sophisticated, bearing the ‘Bite Beauty’ logo on the outside. I like that this packaging is lightweight. The tube has a small nozzle to dispense the mask.

The Mask

The mask itself is dense and thick, with a slightly grainy texture. Because of the thick texture, I find that the mask creates a transparent film on my lips that effectively locks-in moisture. The mask has a pleasant honey scent with hints of vanilla. To my surprise, the mask feels lightweight when applied to my lips.

How to use it

Squeeze a small amount of the mask onto the tip of your finger and apply to the lips.

Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask is available in 5 colours:

  • Lavender – Pale pink
  • Maple – Sheer bronze
  • Champagne – Rose gold pearl
  • Smashed – Sheer candy-apple red
  • Natural – Clear

I own the shade Natural. If you are looking for a hydrating, quick lip mask I’d recommend Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It retails for $30 at Sephora.

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3 Creative Ways to Use Blush in Your Daily Makeup Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Blush is for more than just adding colour to your cheeks. There are multiple ways to add blush to your daily makeup routine. A beautiful blush shade is a versatile for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Turn your favourite shade into a nail polish colour 

Crush a small amount of blush to turn it into a powder before mixing it into transparent nail polish. After adding the blush, shake the nail polish bottle well to blend the colour. Apply it to your nails the same way as other nail polishes.

Blend out tan lines

Do you have any unwanted tan lines? To cover (or blend out) tan lines, dip a large, fluffy brush into a light blush shade. Blend the blush into your skin to block out tan line.

Create a monochromatic colour palette 

Blush is an ideal tool for creating a monochromatic makeup look. With just one product, you can add more vibrance to your face. Apply your favourite shade of blush to the eyes, lips, and cheeks for monochromatic makeup. I like to create this look with peach or pink blush.

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3 Drugstore Makeup Products You Need to Try

Hello, lovelies!

I always enjoy shopping at Sephora, but I’ve found myself browsing the makeup aisle of my local drugstores. I’ve tested a handful of drugstore-brand makeup and skincare products and the results have been surprisingly great. Each of the products that I’ll discuss below are quickly becoming dupes for some of the higher-priced products that I adore and may have even replaced in my makeup/skincare collection! Here are four drugstore makeup products that you need to try:

Marcelle Micellar Water

I bought a bottle of Marcelle Micellar Water after I ran out of my beloved Clinique cleansing oil. This micellar water removes my makeup while gently cleansing my skin. It feels cool and refreshing, without leaving any oily residue that I sometimes have on my skin after I apply an oil-based makeup remover. This formula feels watery and refreshing, owing to its glycerin and hyaluronic acid ingredients.

Garnier SkinActive Masks

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that my dry, acne-prone skin is a constant battle. I have a regimented skincare routine, but my skin still has periods of dryness. I decided to try Garnier’s SkinActive Masks upon recommendation, and instantly fell in love (and hydration). The unique sheet mask is saturated with moisturizing serum and hyaluronic acid to refresh dehydrated skin. I’ve tried many of the masks in the SkinActive range, including the Mattifying, Glow-Boosting, and Soothing masks.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink

Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick has the longest-wearing formula that I’ve ever tried. I own five shades of this lipstick, and each one that I’ve tested wears for 12-20 hours without fading. I’ve eaten, drank, and slept in this lipstick without experiencing any fading or flaking! Stay tuned for an in-depth review of this lipstick line.

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REVIEW: Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I adore testing new face masks. My skin tends to be dry, acne-prone and dull throughout the winter, so I’m always eager to add a new face mask into my routine to rejuvenate my complexion. I recently bought the Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask from Milk Makeup and the soothing mask balances my skin, reduces oil and clears breakouts!

The Packaging

The packaging of this product is eye-catching and fun. The mask itself is comes in a twistable stick format. I love this unique packaging idea – it is easy to use and not messy when applying the mask to my face. The stick is a gorgeous mint-green shade that bears the Milk Makeup logo.

The Mask

I adore  this mask. The clay mask feels soothing on the skin, non-drying and it is not messy. The mask applies easily to wet or dry skin, and it dries down without feeling tight on the skin. After the mask dries, it rinses quickly with water and leaves no residue. After applying the mask, my skin appeared soft, radiant, and my blemishes were reduced. The clay feels soft and smooth when applied to the skin.

How to use it

This is one of the easiest, quickest face masks I’ve ever used. It can be applied to wet or dry skin. I roll the product onto my skin (I prefer to apply it to slightly damp skin) and let it dry. It takes approximately 10 minutes to dry completely. I then rinse with lukewarm water and the mask disappears in a flash. This product is perfect to apply once or twice per week as part of your regular skincare routine.

If you’re looking for a quick, no-fuss face mask that clears and calms your skin I’d recommend this one from Milk Makeup! Milk Makeup’s Matcha Detofixying Face Mask retails for $29 at Sephora.

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Sweet As Honey: 3 Ways to Use the Ingredient In Your Beauty Routine

Hello, lovelies!

Honey is often used as a sweetener. It is a delicious, sweet addition to recipes. It also has medicinal purposes. Honey is full of healthy antioxidants that are potent when used on the skin, hair, or nails. Today I share a few of the ways to add honey to your beauty routine.

1. Use it as an exfoliator 

Honey contains antioxidants, enzymes and other nutrients that purify and nourish. The moisture in honey hydrates the skin. Create a gentle exfoliator by mixing one tablespoon honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Gently rub the mixture into your skin then rinse with water.

2. Use it to treat acne 

Honey contains both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. These ingredients help fight acne-causing bacteria. Honey also contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness in the skin. Apply a dab of raw honey to any blemishes and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water.

3. Use it as a hair conditioner 

Raw honey is a great ingredient to add shine and lustre to the hair. The nutrients and enzymes won’t weigh the hair down. Add coconut oil into the mix to condition the hair. Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the bottom of hair strands and work your way up. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes and rinse.