4 Face Masks I Use to Achieve Clear, Glowing Skin

Hello, lovelies!

Glowing skin and a clear complexion are two of my skin care goals. I like to add face masks into my weekly skin care routine to clarify, detoxify, and moisturize my skin. As a self-proclaimed beauty lover, I’ve tried a variety of masks. Today I share the masks that made it to the top of my ‘must-have’ list.

1. GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Mask

This was the first hydrating face mask I’ve ever tried. This product is from GlamGlow, and I’ve used various masks from their collection. I immediately loved how it added extra moisture to my skin without weighing it down. The THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment  leaves my skin hydrated. glowy and smooth. I typically use this mask 1-2 times a week to supplement with my regular moisturizer.

2. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask 

I adore Tatcha’s Water Cream Moisturizer and was excited to learn that the brand also has a range of face masks. The Dewy Skin Mask is actually a lightweight sheet mask. Because it does not require rinsing, it is a great skincare option for busy mornings. This mask has the consistency of a serum – perfect for dry skin.

3. GlamGlow YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment 

GlamGlow’s YOUTHMUD mask is unique. You apply the mask like others from the GlamGlow collection, but it works differently. Upon contacting the skin, the mask begins to tingle! This mask is excellent for brightening. I enjoy using this mask to exfoliate and clear any blemishes.

4. Sephora Collection Face Masks 

Sephora Collection offers single-use sheet masks for the face, eyes, lips, hands, and feet. I like to rotate face masks from this collection into my skincare routine for an instant refresh. Each face mask is reminiscent of a flower, and the names of the masks range from Lotus to rose. My favorite mask from the collection is the Rose mask – it moisturizes and brightens my skin while preventing blemishes.

Do you use any face masks as part of your skincare routine?

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3 Tips to Help You Spring Clean Your Makeup Collection

Hello, lovelies!

If you love makeup, you know that your collection of powders, palettes, and lipstick just grows. It’s important to keep your makeup bags, products, and brushes clean. Check out my favorite tips to spring-clean your makeup collection.

1. Deep clean your makeup brushes

Makeup brushes should be cleaned regularly to avoid product build-up and breakouts. There are multiple techniques you can use to clean brushes – from soap to brush cleaner. I often clean my brushes with Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner. It is an easy product to work with, and all it requires is a spritz of the product onto a towel. Gently rub the towel into your brushes and voila! An important note when cleaning brushes is to ensure they are completely dry after you rinse them.

2. Check the expiration dates

Most products have period-after-opening (PAO) symbol that will indicate how long the product will last. This symbol is found on the back or bottom of the product. If you are unsure of the exact date of expiry, here’s a quick guide to makeup expiration dates:

Foundation + concealer: 2 years

Mascara: 3 months

Eyeshadow: 1-2 years

Eyeliner: 4-6 months

Lipstick: 1 year

3. Re-organize your collection and make products more visible

When reorganizing my products a few weeks ago, I picked up a few items that made me think, “Oh, I forgot about this!” When most of your collection is not visible, it is common to forget about products. It is a good idea to place all products in a single, highly-visible area. I keep my makeup on a shelf that is eye-level, to continuously remind myself of which products I have/have not used recently.

What are your tips for spring-cleaning your makeup collection?

3 Looks, 1 Palette: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

Hello, lovelies!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette has been perfect for creating soft, spring eyeshadow looks. I’ve spent a lot of time testing this palette and creating different color combinations. For this post, I decided to show you three of the main looks I’ve achieved while using this palette (plus steps to achieve them!)

Look #1: Soft Smoky Eye

First, I applied eyeshadow primer to my entire lid. I then blended Orange Soda into my crease, carefully creating a winged shape in my outer corner.

I applied Rustic into the crease and blended it into the outer corner.

Using a flat shadow brush, I applied Cyprus Umber to the outer corner, smoking it into the shape created by the previous shadows. I transitioned the shade across my entire lid before softly blending it onto the crease.

Look #2: Pink Passion

I started this pink halo eye by blending Burnt Orange into the crease. I built up the intensity of this eyeshadow to create a halo-shape. I then packed Dusty Rose on top of Burnt Orange before blending the two shadows.

I placed Raw Sienna into the outer and inner corners before diffusing the color into my crease.

I applied Mulberry to the inner and outer corners, blending it into the shade Raw Sienna.

I then set the colors with concealer before pressing Rose Pink onto the center of my lid. Next, I blended Glistening into my crease.

To finish this look, I blended ‘Sienna’ and ‘Noir’ into both the inner and outer corners of my eyelid.

Look #3: Gold Glam

I applied Burnt Orange into the crease, and topped with Sienna. I blended both shades lower onto the lid.

I then pressed Mulberry into both the inner and outer corners of my eye before blending it. I applied Noir on top of Mulberry and blended again.

I applied Bronze to the centre of my eyelid, pressing lightly. I then applied a second layer of the shade to intensify the pigment.

3 Essential Tips for Wearing Dark Lipstick

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I adore dark red lipstick. When I first began wearing lipstick, that was not the case. Deep-toned hues can be intimidating to wear. Today I share tips to pull off a dark-coloured lip.

1. Exfoliate your lips

An important tip for wearing dark lipstick is to start with a smooth base. Exfoliating your lips ensures that the colour won’t settle into any dry patches. I often exfoliate my lips with a lip scrub or clean toothbrush.

2. Apply concealer to the edges of your lips to reduce any mistakes

Dark lipstick can get messy. If your lipstick bleeds, apply concealer to the natural lip line to reduce discolouration.

3. Prime the lips

Applying primer to the lips will ensure that lip colour will show its true shade. Priming the lips with a translucent colour also prevent feathering. If you don’t have a lip primer, a light concealer will work in a pinch!

Do you have any tips for wearing dark lipstick?

3 Life-Changing Beauty Hacks for A Busy Morning

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If you’re prone to sleeping past your alarm, you may feel that you don’t have enough time to engage in your regular beauty routine each morning. If pressed for time in the morning, I like to make changes to my routine. Here are a few simple tips you can use to simplify your beauty routine in the AM:

1. Highlight and contour in one step 

To highlight your face, apply concealer in a “3” motion. Using a concealer that is lighter than your skin tone, draw the top line above your browbone, the middle line above your cheekbones, and bottom line right above your jawline. To contour your face, apply bronzer in a backward “3” motion. Blend the highlight and contour together for a seamless finish.

2. Moisturize while you sleep 

If your skin is feeling extra dry, apply your moisturizer before bed. Applying moisturizer before bed allows the lotion to absorb into your skin, and it eliminates one step from your morning.

3. Simplify your makeup routine 

I enjoy applying makeup each morning, but sometimes there just isn’t time. Pick 3-4 products that you use daily, and apply those each morning. I often use concealer, mascara, and a red lipstick for a simple, easy makeup look.

How do you simplify your beauty routine during a busy morning?

3 Tips to Help Your Lipstick Last All Day

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I love wearing vibrant, bright lipstick colours. When I apply my lipstick in the morning, I use a few simple tips to keep it in place all day long. (Just a note about these tips: Despite how many I’ve tried, I have discovered that even my longest-wearing lipstick is not kiss-proof.)

1. Exfoliate your lips

Applying a lip scrub to your pout before lipstick prevents your lips from becoming dry. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate the lips and create a smooth canvas for lip colour.

2. Prime your lips with foundation

If you do not have a lip liner, your favourite foundation is a great substitute for a lipstick base! Apply your foundation to the lips and let dry. The colour will diminish the natural pigment of your lips to create a neutral base for lipstick. Lipstick also tends to adhere to the lips better if it is swiped over a base product.

3. Set your lip colour with powder

Apply a translucent/pressed powder to your lips between lipstick coats to strengthen the base for your colour. A translucent/pressed powder will also help set any liner that you applied to the lips.

What are you best tips for long-lasting lipstick?

3 Tips to Help You Choose the Best Highlighter for Your Skintone

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Adding highlighter to your face is transformative. Whether you prefer a cream, powder, or liquid formula, a good highlighter adds dimension and luminescence to your skin. While a range of highlighter products exist, not every product will suit all skin tones. Here are my top tips to help you select a highlighter based on your skin tone:

1. Know your skin’s undertones 

The most flattering highlight shade is one that is slightly lighter than your skin tone. You can either choose a color that is harmonious with your skin tone, or one that is the opposite. A harmonious highlight shade will create a more natural look, while an opposite colour will create a dramatic effect.

2. Mix it up

If you just can’t seem to find the perfect shade for you, try mixing highlighter into your foundation. This trick will give the skin a natural, subtle radiance that is not overly sparkly. Blend equal parts of your foundation and highlight before applying it to the skin to achieve a flawless complexion.

3. Try before you buy

A good rule of thumb when buying any highlighter is to try it in-store first. Testing a specific shade before buying it will give you an indication of how the colour will appear on your skin.

3 Ways to Creatively Use Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo is a game-changer on mornings when washing your hair is not an option. Using dry shampoo absorbs excess oil, but there are also ways to use it to increase body and volume in your hair.

1. Spray the shampoo into specific areas of your hair

The best area of hair to use dry shampoo is the roots. Part your hair to one side, spray the shampoo about 10 inches from your scalp and repeat with the other side. Applying dry shampoo to the scalp will absorb the most oil from your hair.

2. Refresh your hairspray

Do you hate the sticky weight of hairspray? Spritz dry shampoo into your hair before hairspray to give your strands some grip. This trick will give your hair grip.

3. Add natural volume

Applying dry shampoo to damp hair adds extra volume. This will work best when your hair is almost dry. Simply spray shampoo along the length and ends of hair to add volume and lift.

I Ditched My Fancy Cleanser for Makeup Wipes and This is What Happened

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I adore makeup wipes, I truly do. I use them every night to remove my makeup but I’ve never considered how my skin would react if I use them to cleanse. This challenge emerged from pure tiredness – toward the end of this semester I just felt too exhausted to engage in my usual skin care routine. Here’s what happened:

The Challenge 

I tucked my beloved face cleansers away on Sunday night and armed myself with a package of Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes from my local Costco. I dreaded the idea of using just a wipe to cleanse my entire face. After the first night, I noticed a difference in my skin.

Day 1 

I woke on the first day and cleansed my face with water and a moist wipe. It felt soft and clean on my skin – the soft feeling is something I often miss with my regular face mask. I did not have high hopes for this challenge. While my skin felt softer, it didn’t feel like the product was doing anything. 

Day 2

Despite my hesitation the night before, my skin appeared soft and radiant the next morning. I noticed that two zits that were forming on my chin the previous week were becoming smaller. My pores looked minimized and my face looked moisturized.

Day 3 

On the third day I noticed better results. The wipes were clearing and cleansing my skin. Not only were my pimples disappearing, but the texture of my skin appeared smoother. The level of moisture in my skin increased which gave my skin a soft, plump look. My t-zone usually flares up with acne, but it remained smooth and pimple-free on the third day. Overall, the wipes helped my skin.

What products do you use to cleanse your skin? 

The Importance of Maintaining a Consistent Skincare Routine in Your 20s

Hello, lovelies!

This season has brought me many things, but consistently clear skin is not one of those things. The state of my skin changes a lot and I’ve modified my skin care routine in response. (I’m currently sitting at my laptop with a charcoal mask smoothed across my face). Today I’m sharing why you need a dedicated skin care routine, and how you can make changes if your routine is just not working.

Why maintain a skin care routine?

Your hormone levels begin regulating between ages 22-25, but you may notice extra breakouts during certain times of the month. Engaging in a consistent skin care routine is beneficial for many reasons:

  • The amount of collagen in your skin decreases in your late-20s and your skin’s barrier begins to thin. Sticking to a regular skincare routine ensures your skin continues to look youthful and radiant
  • Your skin is a large barrier. It continuously protects you from toxins and other environmental effects. By engaging in a consistent routine, you’re helping your skin function at its best.
  • With time, your skincare routine becomes a habit.

A few simple tips to help you maintain a skin care routine:

Developing and maintaining a skin care routine doesn’t have to be hard work! Here are a few of my favourite tips to regulate my daily and weekly cleansing:

  1. Use a moisturizer – A good moisturizer will keep your skin looking fresh and supple. Moisturizer protects your skin against wrinkles and reduces dryness.
  2. Exfoliate – Exfoliation rids the skin of dead skin cells which prevents the skin from appearing dry and dull

How do you care for your skin?