3 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making With Makeup Wipes

Hello, lovelies!

Makeup remover wipes are ideal for removing makeup in a pinch, but did you know that you might be using them incorrectly? I like to use makeup remover wipes to remove the initial layer of makeup on my skin, but I’ve learned a few little tricks that might be reducing the effectiveness of the beloved makeup wipe!

Relying solely on a makeup wipe to remove all your makeup

We all know that removing makeup at the end of each day is important. How do you remove your makeup? If you’re using just a makeup wipe to remove everything, you may be leaving residual makeup on your skin. A makeup remover wipe works well in a pinch but it doesn’t effectively breakdown makeup enough to cleanse the skin. I notice this whenever I use makeup wipes, and typically have to wash my face immediately after to remove all my makeup.

Letting the wipes dry out 

Makeup remover wipes are pre-moistened. If you leave the wipes exposed to air, there’s a chance that the wipes will dry out and won’t be as effective. Ensure that you firmly seal the package after removing a wipe to prevent the entire package from losing moisture.

Wiping the skin too hard

A big misconception about makeup wipes is that the harder you scrub your skin, the more makeup you’ll remove. It doesn’t take aggressive scrubbing to remove makeup fully and you may end up irritating the skin instead. I like to gently swipe the wipe across my skin in a light buffing motion.

What is your favourite way to remove makeup? Do you like or dislike makeup remover wipes? 

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3 Lipstick Shades You Need in Your Summer Makeup Collection

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I love testing new, bright lipstick shades in the summertime. The bright hues are fun, festive and add radiance to my complexion. I often gravitate toward red, pink, and orange shades during this time of the year, and can’t wait to share three shades that I love right now with you!

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink – “Romantic”

This matte liquid lipstick dries down to a slightly tacky finish, but when I mean that it lasts for 12 hours it truly lasts through eating, drinking, and even sleeping. My favourite shade from the line to wear is Romantic – a bright pink that is vibrant and pigmented.

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick – “Obsessed” 

I bought a mini set of Pat McGrath Lipsticks and this shade was included. It is one of the most unique lipstick colours that I’ve ever worn. It is described as a bright orange red, but when applied to the lips the gorgeous hue pulls slightly warm as a bright red.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – “Gazpacho”

I will forever adore red lipstick, especially those that are true red shades. The shade Gazpacho from Bite Beauty is a true blue-red. I love pairing this lipstick shade with both dark and bright eyeshadow shades. This shade always adds a hint of warmth to my skin and works well in winter or summer.

3 Surprising Reasons Why Your Skin Keeps Breaking Out

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We all know the importance of maintaining a skincare routine, but what happens when your skin still breaks out despite the care you give it? For all of you who suffer from acne and blemishes, I empathize with you because I continue to experience regular breakouts! Before you toss your beloved skincare products, check in with yourself! The causes of your breakouts may not be what you imagined. Here are four surprising reasons why your skin continues to breakout:

You don’t change your pillowcase regularly

Just like your cell phone, your pillowcase can contain bacteria that causes breakouts. Even if you wash your face every night before bed, the natural oils from your hair and skin can accumulate on your pillowcase. Once they build up over time, they lead to breakouts. Pillowcases should be changed or washed weekly to keep them clean.

You skip moisturizing 

It took me a long time to realize that moisturizer is actually good for my acne-prone skin. It is easy to assume that too much oil causes breakouts, but this actually is not true. Excessively cleansing the skin removes natural oils, causing rebound dryness that can further irritate acne. Applying moisturizer reintroduces natural oil back into the skin and balances it.

You never clean your makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? It is important to clean all your beauty tools at least once a week to prevent makeup, oil, and bacteria from causing breakouts. If you don’t have a fancy makeup brush cleaner, a small amount of water and soap will do the trick!

4 Simple Productivity Tips for Busy People

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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! 

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

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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?

3 Drugstore Makeup Products You Need to Try

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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.

July 2019 Makeup and Skincare Empties

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I regularly showcase new products on my blog, but realized that I never show you products that I’ve used up. Writing a post about the makeup and skincare products that I’m decluttering from my collection is a great way to show which ones have been completely used! I recently decluttered my makeup and skincare collection and here’s a glimpse of some of the products that are empties this month.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil

This product is a staple in my skincare collection. I use it almost every day to remove my makeup, and I have yet to find a product that is comparable. (While I write this, the new drugstore skincare products that I just bought are crying in the corner of my ‘yet to be tested‘ product pile). I recently finished the end of a full-sized bottle that I’ve used daily since December.

Repurchase? Yes

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara 

I received a full-sized tube of Marc Jacob’s Velvet Noir Mascara earlier this year. I instantly loved the product and it replaced my beloved Benefit Cosmetics mascara. I aim to replace my mascara every 3-4 months, and was delighted to find myself swiping this mascara onto my lashes for the last time after receiving it in March.

Repurchase? Yes

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 

It takes me forever to declutter the primers in my collection. I bought a full-sized tube of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer last year and only recently finished the entire tube. While I adore this primer, I switched to a sprayable primer from Urban Decay. I will likely repurchase this primer after the humid summer months because it’s a staple in my daily makeup collection.

Repurchase? Very likely, but not right now