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REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream. I was eager to integrate a new moisturizer into my skincare routine to gauge how it helped my dry skin. First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is lightweight, and acts as a moisturizer or primer.

The Packaging

I adore how fun and whimsical this packaging is! The cream comes in a lightweight, travel-friendly jar that features a striped design with pops of pink, silver and white. The jar bears the First Aid Beauty logo and has a bright pink cover.

The Cream

The cream has a lightweight, balmy texture. It absorbs instantly into the skin without leaving any residue, and it is oil-free. The cream is translucent and airy. My skin feels soft, moisturized and refreshed once I apply the product. One aspect that I particularly enjoy is that the cream retains the texture of a primer when it dries into the skin, making it perfect to wear underneath makeup!

How to use it 

First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is ideal to use morning or night as part of your skincare routine. Apply it evenly over clean skin. The moisturizer can be worn underneath makeup or alone.

If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer to introduce into your springtime makeup routine, I’d recommend First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream! The lightweight moisturizer refreshes the skin without feeling heavy or dense. This product is part of Sephora’s Hello FAB Coconut line that also includes a Priming Moisturizer, and Jelly Mask. Each jar retails for $42 at Sephora.

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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 Surprising Reasons Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out

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We all know the importance of maintaining a skincare routine, but what happens when your skin still breaks out despite the care you give it? For all of you who suffer from acne and blemishes, I empathize with you because I continue to experience regular breakouts! Before you toss your beloved skincare products, check in with yourself! The causes of your breakouts may not be what you imagined. Here are four surprising reasons why your skin continues to breakout:

You don’t change your pillowcase regularly

Just like your cell phone, your pillowcase can contain bacteria that causes breakouts. Even if you wash your face every night before bed, the natural oils from your hair and skin can accumulate on your pillowcase. Once they build up over time, they lead to breakouts. Pillowcases should be changed or washed weekly to keep them clean.

You skip moisturizing 

It took me a long time to realize that moisturizer is actually good for my acne-prone skin. It is easy to assume that too much oil causes breakouts, but this actually is not true. Excessively cleansing the skin removes natural oils, causing rebound dryness that can further irritate acne. Applying moisturizer reintroduces natural oil back into the skin and balances it.

You never clean your makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? It is important to clean all your beauty tools at least once a week to prevent makeup, oil, and bacteria from causing breakouts. If you don’t have a fancy makeup brush cleaner, a small amount of water and soap will do the trick!

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Erin Angela’s Fall Bath and Body Works Haul

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Bath and Body Works is one of my favourite stores to shop in. The delightful array of fragrance, candles, and soaps excites me for a new season. I typically stock-up on seasonal fragrances during the fall, winter and summertime. This is just what I did last week! Here’s a glimpse into my fall Bath and Body Works haul.

Vanilla Birch 3-Wick Candle

A single candle from Bath and Body Works lasts me forever. I tend to favour clean, fresh scents like vanilla, linen or sage. I picked up one Vanilla Birch candle and the fragrance notes of Madagascar vanilla, vanilla birch and sandalwood result in a delightful scent that reminds me of a cozy fall morning.

Beautiful Day Fine Fragrance Mist

I regularly repurchase fine fragrance mists from Bath and Body Works. Each fine fragrance mist contains 8 fl oz of product that typically lasts me throughout each season. The Beautiful Day fragrance is a delicious combination of daisies, apples and pink peonies. I typically wear this fragrance when I’m seeking a light, crisp scent.

Sweater Weather Fine Fragrance Mist

Hello, fall! Sweater Weather encapsulates the season in a bottle. This fragrance has crisp and cool notes, accented with crisp apple, autumn leaves and musky woods. I love wearing this specific fragrance when I’m ready to celebrate fall and cooler weather!

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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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3 Products I Use Weekly to Remove Makeup

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Removing my makeup is an essential step in my daily skincare routine. I rotate between specific products that dissolve makeup while gently cleansing my skin. Here are three products I use weekly!

Clinique Cleansing Oil

Clinique’s Cleansing Oil is a staple in my skincare routine. The oil immediately dissolves my makeup while leaving my skin soft and clean. I like to use this product as my daily makeup remover because it is gentle on my skin. My eye makeup and lipstick do not rinse easily, but this oil breaks down the product effectively!

Sephora Collection Eye Makeup Remover

I’ve used this eye makeup remover for the past five years and it never fails to disappoint. I like to supplement my cleansing oil with this eye makeup remover to dissolve my mascara, eye liner, and eyeshadow. This eye makeup remover has a unique formula – it removes eye makeup without water but it also contains a lash-strengthening complex that is gentle on the eye area.

Makeup Eraser Makeup Removing Cloth

I recently discovered this makeup removing cloth from the brand Makeup Eraser and it is a unique, innovative product. This makeup remover is actually a soft, reusable cloth  that removes makeup with a splash of water! I love that the product is reusable and it is ideal to travel with.

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September 2019 Makeup and Skincare Empties

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I wrote a makeup and skincare empties post on my blog earlier this summer. I decided to make it a regular series as I discover myself reaching pan on some of my beloved makeup products. For the month of September, I’m sharing three products that are now empties in my collection. If you’d like to see more posts like this on my blog, please let me know in the comments!

MAKEUP

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crayon

I received a set of Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crayons for Christmas last year. I loved the colour selection and creaminess of the lip crayons. This lip crayon has a unique formula –  it is a crayon that is designed to have the look, feel, and wearability of a liquid lipstick. The lip crayon dries down to a soft, hydrating finish that is semi-long wearing when it is applied over a lip liner. However, the formula did not last long enough for me to count it as one of my ‘must-have’ liquid lipsicks.

Repurchase? No

SKINCARE

Garnier Sheet Masks 

I began introducing sheet masks into my skincare routine over the summer. The sheet mask collection from Garnier’s Skin Active line is a staple in my routine. Each sheet mask is quick and easy to use – in as little as 15 minutes, my skin becomes hydrated, soft, and smooth. Key ingredients in this mask include hyaluronic acid and half a bottle of serum to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin. I have repurchased Garnier’s Sheet Masks since July and it will be a saviour for me as the winter season approaches.

Repurchase? Yes

Caudalie Vinosource Serum 

Caudalie’s Vinosource Serum is a staple in my skincare routine. I have dry, acne-prone skin and tend to gravitate toward products that have no fragrance, colour, or harsh ingredients. While searching for a serum to incorporate into my skincare routine – hello, dry skin! – a Sephora employee recommended Caudalie’s Vinosource Serum. I am halfway through my third bottle of the product and have not turned back! This lighweight serum hydrates my skin without the use of any colours, fragrances or harsh ingredients. I use it daily and my skin has become more hydrated, soft, and supple.

Repurchase? Yes 

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3 Creative, Quick 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? 

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3 Unexpected Ways to Use Micellar Water

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I recently discovered the incredible product that is micellar water. I’ve tried both micellar waters from Marcelle and Garnier with great results! I use this product daily to remove my makeup and refresh my skin, but did you know that the cleansing product can be used in unexpected ways? Here are three other ways to use micellar water that you might not know about!

What is micellar water?

Micellar water is a cleansing product for the skin that is composed of purified water and micelles, which help pull impurities, makeup, and dirt from the skin when soaked into a cotton pad.

Unexpected Ways to Use Micellar Water

Use it as a toner 

Micellar water acts as a great toner. It is a cleanser that acts similar to a toner, but it doesn’t contain the oil-stripping ingredients that are often found in toners. Micellar water can be used as a toner after you cleanse your skin and before applying the rest of your skincare products.

Use it as a makeup brush cleaner 

Because micellar water removes dirt and oil on the skin, it can also do the same for makeup brushes! If you don’t have a makeup brush cleaner on hand, micellar water can replace it in a pinch. Simply switch the micellar water for where you would brush cleaner and clean your brushes as normal.

Hydrate your skin on-the-go

I regularly use micellar water if I need to refresh my skin and don’t have my trusty MAC Fix+ nearby. A small bottle of micellar water fits into purses and bags for easy transportation. The product is refreshing and works well in a pinch.

Do you use micellar water? 

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3 Products I Bought At Sephora to Achieve Clear Skin

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I’ve tried many different products and samples to maintain clear skin. Some products were ineffective, while others stopped working once my skin acclimatized to them. The products I currently use are soothing on my sensitive skin while still effective for breakouts.

1. Tarte Cosmetics Deep Dive Cleansing Gel 

This brightening gel cleanser from Tarte is gentle enough to use daily to cleanse and reduce breakouts. It does not foam or leave any residue, which keeps my skin clear without clogging my pores. This cleanser is the main product I apply as part of my skin care routine.

2. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment 

I like to apply a heavy-duty cleanser once a week. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a thicker mud mask that minimizes pores while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. It contains active charcoal and salylic acid to lift away dirt and other skin-clogging debris. This mask refreshes my skin and decreases any blemishes I may have.

3. Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask 

One skincare product I don’t use diligently is a moisturizer. On days when my skin is dry and just needs extra moisture, I apply this hydration mask from Clarins. It is a cooling, cream-gel mask that delivers hydration. While it does not cleanse or brighten my skin, it effectively hydrates and refreshes my skin. If my skin appears drier or dull this mask is the perfect product to introduce more moisture into my skin.

What skin care products are you currently using? let me know in the comments below!