Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush 


Hello, lovelies!

I recieved a sample of Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush during a recent Sephora trip. I use my NARS blush religiously, and was excited to try a new brand. This blush is a beautiful pale pink.

The Packaging

I adore how lightweight this blush package is. The glossy pink compact features Tarte’s logo. Inside the compact is the pressed blush. The blush is texturized with ridges. The compact colour matches the blush inside.

The Colour 

I own the shade Risque. It is a pale pink with nude undertones. When applied to the cheeks, it gives the skin a soft pink flush.

The Formula

A little product goes a long way. I am light-handed when I apply this blush. It is infused with Amazonian clay. This clay is harvested from the Amazon river then baked into the blush formula. This blush is powdery but soft to the touch. The colour is richly pigmented.

The Wear

I adore the wear time of Tarte blushes. It does not settle into my pores and stays pigmented for hours. I typically remove it after 8 hours of wear without any fade.

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush comes in a range of 13 shades:

  •  Paarty – Deep pink
  • Exposed – Nude
  • Sensual – Golden nude
  • Seduce – Rosy nude
  • Risque – Peachy nude
  • Dazzled – Soft rose
  • Dollface – Light pink
  • Blissful – Bright rose
  • Captivating – Bright peach
  • Glisten – Peach-pink with shimmer
  • Natural Beauty – Muted strawberry red
  • Blushing Bride – Plum-rose

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush retails for $35 at Sephora 

Tips and tricks

A Guide to the 5 Types of Face Acne and Helpful Tips to Reduce It


Hello, lovelies!

Face acne is surprisingly common. Many of us have dealt with it, and continue to. Acne affects teenagers and adults alike. I continue to battle against acne, into my 20s. For today’s post, I wrote a guide I refer to often to determine each type of acne.

Type #1: All-Over Facial Acne

This acne appears in clusters on the face. Is it prevalant along your t-zone (your chin, nose and forehead).  I combat this acne by washing my face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. My current favourite cleanser is Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. It gently treats acne without causing further irritation. Applying toner and lotion to the face after cleansing reduces inflammation. This balances oil production.

Type #2: Deep + Inflamed Acne

It is important to avoid touching the face when you have this type of acne. Touching the face attributes to further irritation. This type of acne responds well to acne treatments, especially those containing Salicylic Acid. It is important to be patient with this acne. It takes time for it to heal.

Type #3: Chin-Area Acne

I experience this type of acne often. Chin-area acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, and elevated stress levels. This acne responds well to spot treatments. Applying cold to the affected area also reduces redness.

Type #4: Forehead Acne

Dehydration attributes to increased oil production. Staying hydrated will reduce this type of acne. It is often caused by stress, but increased oil production from the scalp will also cause it.

Type #5: Nose Acne

Acne on the nose and surrounding areas results from excess salt intake. This acne is reduced with gentle exfoliation. 

Do you experience breakouts? If so, what are your favourite remedies to use?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony Handbag


Hello, lovelies!

I recieved a new Kate Spade handbag as a birthday present. This handbag is a Cedar Street Harmony, which is medium-sized. Since buying my first Kate Spade accessory last year, the brand instantly became a favourite of mine. Other handbags I own are small. I was delighted to find a handbag with enough room for daily use in the office and when travelling.

The Packaging

The handbag came in Kate Spade’s signature package. This package is a purple and white bag with a purple spade and the words “Kate Spade” embossed into it. Kate Spade packaging is lightweight.

The Handbag

The handbag itself is composed of a beautiful cross-hatched Saffino leather. This is a high-quality leather that is waterproof. It is salmon-coloured. The handbag has a dual strap. The Kate Spade New York logo is embossed into a gold plate on the handbag. The inside of the handbag features the brand’s custom woven spade dot lining. I adore the zippered inside lining plus two inside pockets. It provides a convenient place to store my cellphone and lipstick.

I typically shy away from tote bags. They are often heavy and cumbersome, but this one is not. I immediately noticed how lightweight this handbag is. It is also durable.

A Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony handbag typically retails for $228. It is currently on-sale for $136 from Kate Spade’s official website. It is available as a tote or a cross-body handbag.

Tips and tricks

4 Quick Tips to Help You Effectively Use a Daily Planner


Hello, lovelies!

Finding the right planner for you can take time. Picture this: After finding the perfect planner at your local stationary store, you stare at the blank pages, unsure of exactly where to start. Today I’ll share tips to help you use those pages!

1) Use a single planner, if possible 

It can be cumbersome to manage both a personal and work planner. Find a planner you can use to record business and personal tasks. This will streamline your tasks, due dates, and appointments. A bonus tip: It is a good idea to consistently check your planner to review the day ahead.

2) Create a list within your planner 

I make lists often. I list each task to be accomplished by the end of the day, and check them off as I complete them. I enjoy the motion of marking a check-mark next to my list during the day. It provides both a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

3) Slow down in order to speed up 

Set aside time each week to plan ahead. Inputing tasks and reminders for the week ahead offers you time to organize thoughts, de-stress, and provides a clear view of what you plan to accomplish. The act of physically writing out your to-dos is an effective tool for cognitive recognition.

4) Use a color-coding system 

My favourite method of colour-coding is using different pens or post-it notes. Use a different colour for each specific task you need to remember. For example, reserve a pink pen for exam dates, a blue pen for reminders, a red pen for appointments, etc.

Do you use a planner? If you do, is it an effective tool to keep you organized? 

About Me, Uncategorized

3 Reasons Why a FitBit Will Become Your New Favourite Accessory 


Hello, lovelies! 

I bought a FitBit last week, and I instantly fell in love with it. What exactly is a FitBit? It is a wearable fitness tracker that monitors everything from steps taken, heartbeat, hours slept, and food eaten. 

A FitBit is a valuable piece of wearable technology. Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in one:

1. The sleep tracker function 

We all know it’s important to get enough sleep each night. FitBit tracks your sleeping habits, which can help you improve them. You can view how long you slept for, how many minutes you were ‘restless’ for, and how long you were awake. 

2. It is also a watch 

I love this feature. The LED sceeen displays the time and date. I enjoy the convenience of having both the time and date right on my wrist.

3. It encourages you to workout 

After a certain period of inactivity, FitBit prompts you to move. You are also able to input workout challenges as motivation. Challenges such as “Workweek Hustle” can be completed with friends to motivate you to get more steps. 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner 


Hello, lovelies! 

My beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ran out last week. I prefer liquid liners, and scoped my local Sephora for a replacement. I found a waterproof liner from Sephora’s signature collection. It is matte black and waterproof. I was sold. 

The Packaging

This eyeliner comes in a triangular container. The brush, slim and pointed, is attached to the cover. Each container of this eyeliner is reflective of its colour. 

The Shade 

I tend to favor black eyeliner. This shade is an inky black that dries to a matte finish. It is called Black Lace

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner comes in 6 shades:

  • Starry Sky – Glitter Black
  • Black Lace – Matte Black
  • Surfin’ USA – Shimmery Turquoise 
  • Sailor Kiss – Matte Navy Blue
  • Animal Instinct – Glitter Olive Green
  • French Riviera – Golden Glitter

The Wear 

I test a waterproof eyeliner bases on how long it lasts without fading. Sephora Collection’s eyeliner wears comfortably for 6-8 hours without requiring a touch-up. It dries onto my lid within a few seconds of applying it. 

I often stick to pure black eyeliner. After buying this one, I’m tempted to venture into the colorful shades offered in the collection! 

Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner retails for $7 at Sephora

About Me

Erin Angela’s Updated, Simplified Makeup Routine for Summer Days 

Hello, lovelies! 
The number of steps in my daily makeup routine change with the season. I’ve tried to condense my routine for the warm summer season. While standing in front of my mirror yesterday morning, my boyfriend Grant inspired this post. I can hear him say, “Are you almost ready? What’s that glitter you’re putting on your eyelids?” Today, I’ll reveal exactly what that ‘glitter’ is!

FACE 

The first step in my makeup routine is cleansing. I apply Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. This gel cleanser keeps my skin soft and clear of blemishes. I supplement this step with a moisturizer – often Tarte’s Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

I simplify the rest of my facial makeup. I’ve used Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup for the past two years. It is a great medium-coverage foundation that lets my skin breathe. I buff the foundation into my skin using a buffing brush. I dot Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer underneath my eyes and cover any blemishes. I complete my face makeup by sweeping highlighter onto my cheekbones. I switch between different highlighter products, but my current favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. It is luminous, with a beautiful range of colours!

EYES

I never apply eyeshadow without priming my lids. My primer of choice is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I switch between different eyeshadow palettes each day. The palette I use most often is Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance. This palette contains creamy, blendable shadows that range from brick red to glittery gold.   I line my waterline with Sephora Collection Waterproof Eyeliner. I complete my eye makeup with a swipe of mascara. My mascara of choice is Smashbox Full Exposure

LIPS

I line my lips with Bite Beauty’s Lip Pencil in a nude shade. Selecting a lipstick to wear each day is the hardest aspect of my makeup routine. I swipe on a shade that matches my outfit to complete my makeup. 

Below is a before and after comparison of my makeup routine: