Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Creaseless Concealer

Hello, lovelies!

When my beloved Nars Concealer ran dry, I wanted to try a new brand of concealer. I’ve wanted to try Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer for a long time but it’s never been available at Sephora. When Sephora recently began to carry a the new Tarte Cosmetics Creaseless Concealer I was excited to try it! I’ve been using the ‘creaseless’ concealer every day since I bought it, and the product absolutely lives up to its name!

The Packaging 

I love the colour scheme and design of this concealer’s packaging. The outside of the concealer features a purple cover with a gorgeous metallic and pink design. The concealer itself comes in a long, cylindrical tube that has a doe-foot applicator. It is lightweight and travel-friendly.

The Formula 

This concealer is full-coverage and long-wearing. It feels creamy and slightly sticky when first applied to the skin, but once it dries, it feels weightless on the skin. The concealer does not cake onto the skin and blends without leaving patches. The formula is water-proof, which makes it ideal to use on warm summer days! This concealer wears comfortably throughout the day and doesn’t budge until I remove it with a makeup remover.

The Shades 

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is available in a range of 30 shades. I own the shade 10B which is a fair beige with cool undertones.

Tarte’s Creaseless Concealer is a great product if you’re looking for a concealer that is full-coverage, waterproof and lightweight. It retails for $32 at Sephora.

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

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If you want to wake up with clear skin, removing makeup the night before is essential. I use a variety of methods and products to remove my makeup. When I do not have a makeup remover on hand I substitute natural methods for my beloved remover. Here are 3 methods I rotate between:

Use coconut oil 

Coconut oil has a range of benefits for your hair, skin, and nails. Combining coconut oil with a soft facial cloth is a quick way to remove stubborn makeup. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your fingertips and gently rub your face to melt makeup.

Combine honey and baking soda 

This simple combination acts as both a makeup remover and a cleanser. Start by adding a small amount of baking soda to raw honey. Add a few drops of essential oil and whip the mixture until it forms a paste. Apply with a facecloth, and you have a gentle, effective makeup remover!

Use chapstick

This method may surprise you. Chapstick is an effective eye makeup remover. Swipe a small amount of chapstick onto your eyelid or underneath and gently rub it in with a cotton ball to remove makeup residue.

What is your favourite way to remove makeup?

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3 Tips to Eliminate Shine and Help Your Makeup Last All Day

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We’ve all had moments where the makeup we just applied has smudged or disappeared completely. There are various ways that you can prevent your skin from becoming shiny, causing makeup to smudge. Here are my top tips:

Prep your skin 

Prepping your skin with primer is important for all skin types, as it helps your makeup stay vibrant throughout the day. If your skin gets shiny, you should prime the oiliest areas of your skin with an oil-free primer. Other areas of the skin can be primed with the same product, or a primer that is not oil free, depending on what you prefer!

Apply powder, but don’t overdo it 

I often powder my entire face, but I concentrate my powder in on my forehead, cheeks, and chin to eliminate extra oil. Applying a translucent powder will control shine and oil but applying too much product may give your skin a powdery hue. I like to apply a small amount of powder with a fluffy brush before blending it into my skin.

Stick to products that are long-wearing

Products that contain oil or water may contribute to smudged, smeared or slipped makeup. Look for products that are long-wearing, water-resistant, or water-proof to prevent any creasing throughout the day.

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3 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making With Moisturizer

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Moisturizing is one skincare step that is easy to follow. However, there are many ways that you can go wrong when using this product. An incorrectly chosen formula and careless application can lead to breakouts, sagging skin, and dullness. Here are three steps you didn’t know you were making – and how to fix them!

Mistake #1: Pulling on the skin

Vigorously rubbing moisturizer into the skin can wreak havoc on your complexion. Pulling on the skin in a downward motion can contribute to premature wrinkles. To prevent this, apply your moisturizer in upward, circular motions. Gently tap moisturizer into your eye area to prevent redness or wrinkles.

Mistake #2: You don’t apply moisturizer regularly

It seems logical to stop applying moisturizer once your skin is hydrated, right? Wrong! If your skin is already dry, it’s likely that there’s a layer of dead skin on the surface that will make it harder for the product to reach your skin’s moisture barrier. Aim to moisturize 1-2 times per day (depending on your skin type) to maintain supple skin.

Mistake #3: You don’t switch your moisturizer

I’m guilty of using the same moisturizer year-round. The fact is, the same moisturizer you use in the summertime may not be hydrating enough in the winter months. The effectiveness of your moisturizer can plateau if your skin becomes used to the ingredients, if the weather changes drastically, or if your skin type changes. It’s important to switch moisturizers with different active ingredients to maintain effectiveness. I apply a cream-based, thicker moisturizer in the winter months, but switch to a light, water-based formula in the summertime.

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REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

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I recently received a sample of the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask from Sephora. While my skincare routine is fairly regimented, I enjoy trying new masks to clarify and detoxify my skin. This mask contains a variety of natural ingredients to clean the pores and reduce excess oil.

The Packaging

This packaging is quite earth-toned and soothing. The mask comes in a mint-green tube that bears the Caudalie logo and a floral design. This tube is lightweight and travel-friendly. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that the mask can be dispensed onto my palm without placing my fingers into the product.

The Mask

The first thing I noticed about this mask was its beautiful pale pink colour. This mask has a gritty texture that feels deep-cleaning when applied to the skin. It contains grape marc to detofixy, pink clay and coffee to absorb dirt and excess oil, and papaya to brighten. These natural ingredients feel soothing and non-irritating on the skin. After using this mask, my skin felt clearer, brighter and smooth.

How to use it

I like to use this mask 1-2 times per week. I apply a thin layer to my skin, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse.

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask worked well to clear my skin, and did not feel chalky or tight like other masks I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a soothing mask to add into your skincare routine, I’d recommend this one! Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask retails for $47 at Sephora.

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

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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 Things You Should Never Do To Your Skin

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Your skin is with you for life. If there’s one thing you should do, it is to treat your skin with care and respect. We know there are certain ways to care for the skin, but most of the time, we just bypass them regardless. Here are three things you should never do if you want your skin to love you back.

Over-exfoliating 

Exfoliating 1-2 times per week is great – it refreshes your skin and removes any dead skin cells that may be causing breakouts or dullness in the skin. Over-exfoliating can cause scratching on the skin’s surface which leaves it prone to environmental toxins and breakouts.

Not protecting your skin

Sunscreen is a vital skincare product. You probably know that you’re supposed to wear sunscreen daily, but have you ever considered why? The sun is responsible for how your skin ages, and wearing sunblock daily not only prevents aging, but it also protects against dark spots.

Using the same products for a long time 

You may have found the best moisturizer or cleanser ever, but your skin will eventually change and adapt to any active ingredients in the product. Over time, this causes the product to become less effective. It’s important to know your skin type and how it reacts to different products. If your beloved cleanser or moisturizer is no longer working, it’s time to reevaluate the products you use.

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