REVIEW: GlamGlow WaterBurst Moisturizer

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GlamGlow is one of my favourite skincare brands. I’ve tried various masks from the brand, but decided to try the WaterBurst Moisturizer while buying new skincare products last month. After a few uses, this lightweight water cream became my daily moisturizer.

The Packaging

The packaging of this moisturizer is fun and colourful. The product comes in a jar that features a beautiful teal-blue. The jar bears the GlamGlow logo and a description of the moisturizer. The jar feels heavy, compared to how lightweight the moisturizer is.

The Moisturizer

I love the colour, smell, and feel of this moisturizer. When I opened the jar, the first things I noticed were the smell and colour of the moisturizer. The moisturizer has a pleasant, fruity smell – similar to blue raspberry candy! It has a gorgeous light blue colour that is reminiscent of the candy-like scent.

The Texture

GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer feels silky to the touch. When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly without feeling sticky. It hydrates and locks-in moisture. When I wear this moisturizer underneath makeup, my primer and foundation applies smoother!

GlamGlow’s Waterburst Moisturizer is a great skincare product to hydrate the skin and effectively moisturize. It retails for $62 at Sephora.

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My Recent MAC Haul & First Impressions

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I recently placed a MAC order to replace my empty bottle of Fix+. While placing my order, I decided to try a new lipstick colour. I’ll review each product separately, but here’s a peek at the items I purchased!

MAC Fix+

I bought my first bottle of Fix+ while in Toronto last summer, and I apply it daily to finish my makeup. The first item I placed in my cart was another bottle of Fix+ to replenish the bottle I just used the last of!

Matte Lipstick in Russian Red

I always buy a new lipstick when I go to a MAC store. The colour Russian Red is a beautiful deep red. I decided on this colour after browsing the red shades available. I’m excited to wear this red shade throughout the summer.

Cremesheen Lipstick in Nippon

I’ve never tried a cremesheen lipstick from MAC before, but the shade Nippon is a gorgeous nude colour with pink undertones. This shade will be a pretty nude pink shade to wear this season. I typically wear bolder lipstick colours, but this will be a perfect summer shade!

What have you bought from MAC recently?

REVIEW: Too Faced Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray

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I recently ran out of my beloved Mac Fix+ setting spray, and searched for an alternative to use until I can restock it. I decided to try Too Faced 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray and it has been a perfect multi-purpose product to prime and set my makeup.

The Packaging

I adore how lightweight, and travel-friendly, this product is. It comes in a bottle with a nozzle to dispense the product onto the skin, meaning it is mess-free. The packaging is bubble-gum pink and bears the Too Faced logo – it is bright and fun.

What is it?

This multipurpose product is a weightless, coconut-infused water mist that primes, sets, and refreshes makeup while hydrating the skin. Because it is infused with coconut, it has a light coconut scent.

The Benefits

This product performs as both a primer and setting spray. The spray has three benefits:

Primes the skin for makeup

Sets makeup

Refreshes makeup when used during the day

How to use it

This product works similarly to my MAC Fix+ Setting Spray. Shake the product well then hold the bottle 6-8 inches away from your face. Mist the product onto your skin and let it dry. To use it as a primer, apply it to the skin before makeup. To set makeup, apply it after you’ve finished your makeup. It can also be misted onto the skin anytime throughout the day for an instant refresh.

I use this product as both a primer and setting spray. It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed, while holding my makeup in place all day! It is a great primer/setting spray combination to use without leaving the skin feeling oily or overly dry. Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray retails for $40 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

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I’ve recently begun wearing bronzer regularly, and it adds warmth and dimension to my skin. I bought Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer shortly after release and I’ve worn it all season to sculpt my face. This bronzer is the perfect matte formula to wear throughout the spring and summer seasons!

The Packaging

The sleek compact contains the bronzer and a mirror. It is slightly weighted, which gives the product a luxurious feel. The bronzer is pressed into the compact, which means there is no fallout when it is opened. Like all Anastasia Beverly Hills products, the outside of the compact bears the ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ logo.

The Formula

Anastasia Beverly Hils Powder Bronzer has a matte finish. The bronzer is finely-milled, and it does not have a tacky or chunky texture. It feels soft when applied to the skin and it blends easily. A little product goes a long way, and you only need to apply a small amount to achieve full-coverage.

The Shade

I rarely shop for bronzers because it is difficult to find a shade that is not too dark for my pale skin tone. However, the shade range of Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer is ideal for a variety of skin tones. I bought the shade Rich Amber, a neutral honey. On my skin, the shade is a mid-tone brown with honey undertones.

The bronzer is available in 6 shades:

  • Cappuccino – Deep golden-brown
  • Mahogany – Rich mocha
  • Rich Amber – Neutral honey
  • Rosewood – Light golden
  • Saddle – Golden amber
  • Tawny – Light terracotta brown

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer is a perfect product to add a subtle dimension to the cheekbones and face. I use it for contouring and it pairs beautifully with blushes and highlights. Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer retails for $36 at Sephora.

Skincare 101: A Guide to Clear Skin Based on Your Skin Type

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Skincare should be an essential component of your beauty routine. Taking care of your skin can be a daunting task if you don’t know your skin type, or the products that work best with it. Today I share my top tips to care for sensitive, oily, dry, and combination skin.

Dry Skin

If your skin is dry, it is important to avoid over washing it. Instead, you should replenish moisture in the skin. Washing your face the night before then applying a moisturizer or serum in the morning helps maintain a delicate balance between your skin’s moisture barrier.

Oily Skin

Excess oil produced by the skin can actually be beneficial! The oil produced by the skin contains antioxidants and vitamins. If you’re trying to reduce oil production without exacerbating it, a foaming cleanser will help. Applying a toner following cleanser will gently exfoliate while balancing the skin’s natural moisture.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is usually more flexible – meaning that your skincare routine often changes each season. Tips for both oily and dry skin will work if your skin is combination. A face wash containing glycolic acid will balance both the oil and dryness.

REVIEW: Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set

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I upgraded my brush set a few months ago and have absolutely loved my Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set. I searched for a set that contained every brush I needed, along with being portable and lightweight. When I tested this set out in store, I immediately knew that I found the perfect brushes. Each of the 10 brushes in this set are high-quality, durable, and apply makeup flawlessly.

The Packaging

The packaging is both sleek and travel-friendly. The brushes are held in a soft, pliable black leather roll that features a cross-hatch design. A small tassel closes the brush roll and it can be rolled loosely or tight. The ‘Sephora’ logo is embossed on the roll. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that there are spaces to fit all 10 brushes, plus any additional brushes you may have. When I first began using this set, the packaging had a strong leathery smell that faded after a few days.

The Brushes

The quality of the brushes is perfection. Each brush is soft, durable and easy to use. The grip on the brush handle is sturdy and the name of each brush is embossed on it. Each brush is dense but feels light on the skin.

This set contains 10 brushes:

A powder brush

A complexion brush

Angled blush brush

Fan brush

Highlight & contour brush

Eyeshadow brush

Fluffy smudge brush

Crease brush

Concealer brush

Angled liner brush

Each brush is ideal for applying and blending makeup. I use them daily in my makeup routine, and experience zero bristle fallout. I adore the portability, ease of use and easy cleaning of this brush set. If you are looking for a full-sized set to introduce into your makeup collection, Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set retails for $88 at Sephora.

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is an alternative to traditional, bottled foundation formulas. I use this foundation daily in my makeup routine and it provides buildable, crease-free coverage. I adore this foundation when traveling because the product is a lightweight stick that is shaped like a lipstick bullet.

The Packaging

I love how sleek and sophisticated the packaging is. The foundation itself is encased in a tube that is shaped like lipstick. It is lightweight and features a twistable end. The tube has a glossy, black finish and bears the ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ logo.

The Formula 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation has a unique cream formula that dries matte but appears natural on the skin. It is highly pigmented. When you first begin to use a new foundation stick, it feels cakey and does not blend well. However, once you use the product a few times, the formula glides onto the skin and blends with little effort. The foundation covers my blemishes and does not accentuate any dry patches on my skin.

How to use it

I’ve tested this foundation with both a brush and a BeautyBlender. Achieving even coverage is easier with a brush. To use Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation, apply the product directly to the skin and blend it out with a brush. I often hydrate my skin before applying this foundation to ensure the foundation blends well.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is a convenient, creamy alternative to traditional foundation formulas. It is ideal for travel, and allows you to create both a natural or matte skin finish. The product is available in 30 shades. The shade I own is called ‘Porcelain’ – for fair skin with cool undertones. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation retails for $33 at Sephora.

3 Creative Ways to Use Concealer in Your Daily Makeup Routine

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Concealer is one of my holy-grail makeup products. While I use it daily to conceal blemishes, it has become a versatile tool in my makeup kit. A lightweight, buildable concealer formula is ideal for use in unexpected ways:

1. Use it as an eyelid primer 

Concealer quickly became my eyelid primer. Priming your eyelids with concealer creates a smooth, even base for eyeshadow. Gently dab concealer on your lid before applying eyeshadow for crease-free, vibrant color. Concealer is also an excellent primer for the lips because it neutralizes your lips’ natural hue.

2. Enhance your contour 

Once you’ve contoured your cheekbones, use concealer to “reverse contour” by applying concealer above and below where you’ve applied your bronzer. This trick will sharpen the contrast between your contour and highlight, chiseling your cheekbones.

3. Brighten your eyes 

I adore using concealer to brighten my eyes. Dab concealer to the inner corner of your eye and below the browbone for an instant lift. Applying concealer underneath the eyes will brighten and add dimension to your face.

Do you have any creative uses for concealer? 

3 Tips to Help You Spring Clean Your Makeup Collection

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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?

REVIEW: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Cleanser

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My skincare routine changes all the time. When I used the last of my go-to face cleanser, I searched for a new product that is gentle but effective. I bought this one-step face cleanser from Philosophy and instantly loved it.

What is it?

A 3-in-1 facial cleanser that cleanses, hydrates and removes makeup.

The Packaging 

This cleanser comes in a transparent bottle with a black lid. It is lightweight and simplistic. The transparent bottle displays the cream-colored cleanser inside. The written text on the bottle features the product name (Purity Made Simple) and a brief description of the brand.

The Cleanser 

I’ll admit – I was skeptical to use this cleanser. I often notice that pure cleansers do not clear my skin well, but this one did not disappoint. The cleanser has a gel consistency that gently lathers when dispensed onto your palm. It gently removes excess oil and makeup without stripping the skin of moisture. After I rinsed the cleanser off my face, my skin immediately felt softer and looked clearer.

The Scent 

The cleanser has a delightful, light citrus scent, thanks to the glycerin and meadowfoam seed oil. It is refreshing and clean.

How to use it 

One aspect of this cleanser that I love is how easy it is to use. Simply wet your skin, apply the cleanser using circular motions then rinse. A little product goes a long way when using this cleanser. I typically use a quarter-sized amount each morning.

I’ve used this cleanser daily for the past 2 weeks, and have noticed an improvement in my skin. It prevents breakouts while maintaining my skin’s natural moisture.

Philosophy’s Purity cleanser retails for $32 at Sephora.