Product Reviews

REVIEW: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara 


Hello, lovelies! 

I rotate through my mascaras with each season, favoring waterproof in the summer. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara is multi-functional – it is waterproof, volumizing, and lengthens. I initially bought a sample of this mascara from my local drugstore. I later purchased the full-sized tube at Sephora.

The Packaging 

The mascara tube is a classic black, with the Smashbox logo engraved on it. The wand is triangular with fluffy fibers. This shape helps add volume and length. 

The Mascara

I adore the mascara formula. It does not crumble or flake on my lashes. The mascara adds volume with a single swipe. 

The Colour 

I own the colour “Jet Black”. The mascara appears glossy black in the tube. When I apply it to my lashes, it dries to a bold, matte finish. 
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara retails at Sephora for $23. 

Tips and tricks

4 Sunburn Remedies for Quick, Painless Relief (That Don’t Involve Taking an Aloe Vera Bath!)

Hello, lovelies!

I received my first sunburn of the season yesterday. I figured it was timely to update this post from last summer. I’ve heard of and used a range of sunburn relief remedies. Sunburns are not only painful but they might also lead to dehydration and blistering skin. Check out my quick list of sunburn remedies below:

1. Rinse with cool water 

Cool water reduces inflammation in the skin. A cold bath or shower helps calm the inflammatory response in your skin to provide soothing relief. Avoid fizzy bath products and any fragrance. These items may increase irritation.

2. Take an anti-inflammatory pill 

NSAID’s (non-steriod anti inflammatory) like Ibuprofen both reduces inflammation and expedites recovery. One pill should be taken within a few hours of sustaining a sunburn, and every 4-6 hours after. How do NSAID’s help? Once the swelling subsides, your skin begins repairing its sunburned barrier.

3. Stay hydrated 

Drink plenty of water to combat the drying effects of a sunburn. Hydration comes from different sources, so you don’t necessarily have to consume a litre bottle of water. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries contain water to replenish lost moisture from the skin.

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 


Hello, lovelies!

I use a mask 1-2 times per week to thoroughly deep-clean my skin. My skin type is dry, and acne-prone. When I heard Origins Active Charcoal Mask is composed of white china clay and glycerin water I decided to give it a try, crossing my fingers that it would banish my blemishes. This charcoal mask not only kept my skin free of dirt and oil but it also left my complexion soft.

The Packaging 

The product comes in a triangular tube with a capped closure. I like the tube format of the product, this makes it lightweight. The colour of the product is reflective when you look at the tube – it is a muted ash-grey.

The Mask 

adore how this mask works! The texture begins as a liquid and dries into a hardened material once on the skin for a few moments. I rinse with warm water and my skin is softer and feels brighter. The glycerin water and white china clay ingredients clears my pores and absorbs excess toxins.

How to Use It 

It is important to note that your pores must be open before using the mask. How do you open your pores?

  • Place a warm, moistened towel on the face for a moment to open pores
  • Apply the mask onto the skin using fingertips
  • Allow the mask to sit until it dries completely
  • Rinse with warm water

I noticed considerable improvement in my skin after using the mask a few times. My pores appeared smaller and I experienced less breakouts. Origins masks are great products to supplement with your weekly skincare routine.

Sephora  sells different sized tubes of this product. A sample-sized container retails for $5. The smaller tube (1.7 oz) is priced at $20 while the largest tube (3.4 oz) is $34.

Have you tried Origins skincare before? If so, what type of mask is your favourite? 

 

 

 

Product Reviews

Clarins Double-Fix Mascara 


Hello, lovelies!
I bought a kit filled with mascara samples from my local drugstore last month. It contained mascaras from brands including Lancome, Smashbox, and Clarins. Double Fix Mascara is the first product I’ve tried from the Clarins brand. This unique mascara contains a double-use topcoat for lashes.
The Packaging

This mascara features a multicoloured tube. The wand is attached to a red-chrome cylinder while the product is contained in a white cylinder. Most mascara packages are black, so this colour combination offers a nice contrast.

The Mascara

Why is the mascara called double-fix? The mascara is both a top-coat mascara and regular mascara. The unique topcoat waterproofs eyelashes for mascara application. One portion of the cylinder contains a black mascara. The waterproof portion of the product is a clear, mess-free gel.
This mascara is waterproof and does not smudge. I wore it for 8-9 hours last week, and to my delight, it still appeared freshly-applied! 

Clarins Double Fix Mascara retails for $35 at Nordstrom. 
 

Tips and tricks

3 Quick Tips for Clear, Glowing Skin All Year-Round

Hello, lovelies!

Achieving a healthy, glowing complexion takes time. I still struggle with breakouts at age 21. After modifying my skin care routine I’ve determined specific steps to minimize imperfections and enhance my natural glow. Today I share a few of the tips I use on a daily basis with you.

TIP #1 – Moisturize your face 

I’ve noticed that using moisturizer makes a huge difference to my skin. If I don’t follow up with moisturizer after cleansing, my skin feels tight. New breakouts also appear when I skip this step. Moisturizing each day adds a healthy layer of moisture into your skin. This moisture prevents the skin from becoming dry and tight – preventing new breakouts.

TIP #2 – Hands off 

Touching your face throughout the day introduces new bacteria into the skin. Keep your hands away from your face to prevent new acne from occurring. When you do not touch your face, your skin stays clear from excess dirt and oil.

TIP #3 – Drink enough water 

Water impacts your skin health. Drinking adequate water helps the skin appear brighter. It also lessens the chance of introducing new particles into the skin. Adequate water consumption hydrates the skin.

What are your top tips for clearer skin? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! 

About Me

Behind the Blogger: 5 Fun Facts About Erin Angela That You May Not Know (Kittens and Wine Included!)

Hello, lovelies!

For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! Today I thought it would be fun to write a post featuring fun facts about me. I wrote a similar post when I began my blog. A post featuring 10 fun facts is an entertaining way to introduce myself to you. Here are 10 fun facts about me:

1. Wine and coffee are my two favourite beverages

I have not found a way to combine them, though. If anyone ever has an idea for wine-flavoured coffee, I’m all ears! I drink at least one coffee per day. I mainly drink Starbucks coffee, but I have discovered flavours from local coffee shops I enjoy. I own an expanding collection of cute coffee mugs. I enjoy a good glass of wine, especially white wine + rose wine. Wine is the main alcohol type I drink.

2. I have one year of studies left before becoming a social worker 

Social work is my dream job. I enjoy helping others, and my own life experiences  inspired me to pursue this career path. I’ve wanted to study social work since the age of 13.

3. They say good things come in small packages 

I stand at 4’10” tall. I like to make up for my lack of height with personality and determination. I’m optimistic, cheery, and persistent. I always hear, “good things come in small packages” and like to think that is true about myself.

4. I own two pets – a bright-orange cat and a German Shepherd Husky who is bigger than me 

My cat, Cody, has been a part of the family for 10 years. The dog, Bear, is a recent addition. Bear is approximately 8 months old and he weighs more than I do. I tried to photograph them together, but that is not an easy thing to accomplish.

5. Lipstick is my top beauty essential 

My purse contains at least two tubes of lipstick at all times. I wear lipstick every day. The shades in my collection range from a peachy-nude to purple. I wear red most often, but rotate the shades I wear based on the season. I reach for paler shades during the summer, and richer colours in the winter.

 

 

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: NARS Audacious Mascara 


Hello, lovelies! 

I search for a new mascara every 3-6 months, as they tend to dry out. I’ve only tried NARS blush before. I decided to test another product from the NARS collection.

The Packaging 

NARS Audacious Mascara is in a sleek black tube. The attached mascara wand has wide, separated bristles. These bristles reduce the chance of mascara clumping. Each bristle is rubber, and they feel pointy compared to softer bristles. 

The Mascara 

I bought this mascara in black – my standard colour. I adore the wear of this mascara. It does not flake or clump on my lashes. NARS Audacious Mascara makes it easy to enhance your eye makeup with two coats. I used this mascara as eyeliner last week and it held upsurprisingly  well on my lashline. 

NARS Audacious Mascara retails for $26. The mascara is available in the colour Black Moon