Tips and tricks

3 Tips to Keep Your Skin Soft in Winter and Eliminate Dryness

Hello, lovelies!

Achieving soft, smooth skin in the winter is easier than you may think. Temperature fluctuations and warm, indoor air are often the culprits of dry, dehydrated skin. Here are my top tips to eliminate dry skin!

Choose your cleansers carefully

The ingredients in your daily cleansers can contribute to dry skin. Avoid soap-based cleansers and soaps in favour of creamy cleansers. Anything that has alcohol listed as an ingredient is drying.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

This tip comes from advice that my grandmother always drilled into my brain – moisturizing is the key to youthful skin. Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after showering to lock-in moisture. Moisturizer often works well when your skin is still slightly damp.

Eat well for healthy skin

Never underestimate the power of hydrating foods. Staying hydrated during the day will benefit your skin. Eat foods with high water contents for hydrated, radiant skin.

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3 Unique Ways to Use a Beauty Blender

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A Beauty Blender makeup sponge is a unique, multi-purpose tool that you can have in your makeup kit. Along with blending foundation, a Beauty Blender is useful for a range of creative makeup tricks! Here are three creative ways that you can use a Beauty Blender sponge.

Use it to bake your concealer

I love this trick when setting concealer underneath my eyes! This trick works well with a slightly damp Beauty Blender. It may seem strange to apply the powder with a wet sponge, but water won’t transfer to your skin. Dampen the tip of your sponge, load it with powder, then dab it underneath your eyes to set your concealer.

Use it to blend your foundation and moisturizer

Sometimes, an oil-based foundation won’t blend with a water-based moisturizer, or vice versa. If you use a Beauty Blender to apply your foundation, it will be easier to press the product into your skin after applying moisturizer. This technique blends the products together and reduces the look of a caked complexion.

Use it to apply nail polish for an ombre manicure

Giving yourself an ombre manicure is one of the most creative ways to use your Beauty Blender sponge. Apply your desired colours to the flat end of the sponge and press it into your fingernails for an ombre, colourful nail design.

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3 Signs That It’s Time To Change Your Skincare Routine

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Embracing change is hard. When it comes to your skincare routine, you may have certain steps or products that you rely on each day to achieve a radiant complexion. But, sometimes, it’s necessary to change your routine if your skin isn’t clearing, or you feel that the products you use just aren’t working. Here are three signs to look for if you think it’s time for a new skincare routine!

You’re not seeing results

Skincare should not be rooted in achieving perfection. There are many benefits of a skincare routine, including a clearer complexion, but your routine should not be focused on attaining completely flawless skin. Everyone’s version of improvement is different. If you’ve been applying the same products for longer than 12 weeks without seeing any changes in your skin, it may be time to consider changing the products you use, or how you apply them.

Your skin is suddenly breaking out

All of a sudden, it happens – new breakouts are appearing without any reason why. If you haven’t changed your routine and are suddenly experiencing new breakouts, it could be a result of ‘skin purging’ – a reactive process to a product or step in your routine.

Your skin is overly dry

Spontaneous dry patches on your skin could be a sign that a product you’re using contains the wrong ingredients for your skin type. Certain products may contain ingredients like salicylic acid, fragrances or benzoyl peroxide that increase dryness in the skin. If your skin begins to feel drier than a desert for an unknown reason, you may want to examine the ingredients in your beloved products.

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3 Tips You Need To Know If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

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If you suffer from acne, it can seem impossible to control. I’ve had acne-prone skin for ages and have tried various methods of combatting my combination skin. I’ve tried various tricks but here are the top three tips I use to combat acne-prone skin!

Avoid over-drying your skin

Many products meant to combat acne are over-drying, and this can trigger oil production. To ensure your skin retains moisture it is best to avoid alcohol-based products and moisturize immediately after cleansing.

Clean your makeup brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes regularly is an essential step if you have acne-prone skin. Makeup brushes can harbour dirt and bacteria which may exacerbate breakouts. Brushes should be washed once a week with a gentle brush cleanser or shampoo.

Examine your haircare products

Until recently, I had no idea that my haircare products were contributing to frequent breakouts on my forehead, cheeks and neck. Check the list on your shampoo or other haircare products for aggravating ingredients and adjust your routine accordingly to reduce breakouts.

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Erin Angela’s January 2019 Sephora Haul

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Last month I received a few gift cards from Sephora. I’ve been eyeing more eyeshadow products from Tarte and that prompted me to place an online order. After testing all the products in my order, I’m excited to share this haul with you!

Tarte Mermaid Shine Metallic Sea Glass Eyeshadow Set

Once this eyeshadow set arrived in the mail, I swatched it immediately. The set of four eyeshadows has a unique liquid-to-powder formula that feels divine on the eyes! Each shade is sparkly and pigmented.

Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask

I decided to try a new face mask and added the Matcha Detofixying Mask from Milk Makeup into my basket. I’m eager to add this to my skincare routine. I used it for the first time today and my skin is brighter, smooth, and refreshed.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray

This hydrating priming spray helps invigorate and prep my skin for makeup application. The spray-bottle format allows for better hydration than a traditional primer, and my skin feels dewier and makeup applies smoother.

Sephora Collection Lash Curler

I’ve never tried an eyelash curler before and was curious to test one! I bought a gorgeous gold-coloured lash curler from Sephora’s own brand, and it is easy to use while giving my lashes extra volume.

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3 Natural Ways to Remove Makeup At the End of the Day

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Just as you apply makeup each morning, you need to remove it at the end of the day. But did you know that finding a good makeup remover doesn’t have to be costly? Here are three inexpensive ways to remove your makeup!

Coconut or olive oil

Oil dissolves oil. The basic idea behind dissolving your makeup with an oil is that it will mix with the oils in the makeup to remove it. Apply a small amount of coconut or olive oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe your face. Once makeup has dissolved, rinse with water to clean the skin.

Create a cucumber cleanser

Toss a cucumber slice into the blender to create a paste before mixing it with olive oil. This method will remove makeup while the cooling agents in the cucumber will reduce puffiness.

Craft a DIY makeup wipe

Combine aloe vera, witch hazel, liquid soap and coconut oil in a jar before shaking well. Stack round cotton pads into the jar and shake to coat them.

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REVIEW: Versace Bright Crystal Perfume

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I adore testing new fragrances. I recently received a sample of Versace’s Bright Crystal Perfume and the floral scent immediately caught my attention. The soft floral notes of magnolia, peony and lotus flower smell clean, refreshing and bright!

The Packaging 

Versace’s Bright Crystal perfume comes in a sophisticated and elegant bottle. The square shape of the clear bottle enables you to see the pale pink colour of the perfume inside. It features a unique crystal-shaped cap that feels heavy and luxurious to the touch.

The Scent 

This fragrance bursts with notes of fresh flowers. Initially, the perfume has a delightful citrus scent that fade to warmer scents of amber, musk and freesia. The combination of sweet and sensual scents blends well together and delights the senses.

The Wear

When this perfume dries onto the skin, it stays vibrant and scented for 3-4 hours. The scent does not last for an entire day, but that is typical of most fragrances. I enjoy how the scent profile changes as the perfume is worn – it starts out citrusy and bright but dries down to a warm, softer scent. The perfume is soft yet vibrant.

Versace’s Bright Crystal is a gorgeous perfume to wear daily or for special occasions. The soft, floral fragrance is enticing, calming and sweet. If you are looking for a feminine fragrance that still has a hint of musk, I’d recommend this one! Versace’s Bright Crystal Perfume retails for $126 at Sephora.

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