Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Water
This product is absolutely useless at removing make up; it’s as good as wiping water over your face. However, I love using it in the morning to cleanse my face instead of a traditional cleanser. My skin feels more moisturized throughout the day, which is a huge bonus for winter. The question is whether it’s also increasing my skin congestion and pore build-up, which I am noticing. It’s a great cleanser for dry skin, I recommend morning use in the winter.
CAD $28 [sephora, murale]

Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Water

This product is absolutely useless at removing make up; it’s as good as wiping water over your face. However, I love using it in the morning to cleanse my face instead of a traditional cleanser. My skin feels more moisturized throughout the day, which is a huge bonus for winter. The question is whether it’s also increasing my skin congestion and pore build-up, which I am noticing. It’s a great cleanser for dry skin, I recommend morning use in the winter.

CAD $28 [sephora, murale]

— 2 weeks ago
#caudalie  #cleanser  #cleansing water 
Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12Hr Wear Waterproof
I never bought anything from Sephora Collection and I needed something easy for the morning, so I gave this a try. The colour is a milk-chocolate brown with red undertones, and the formulation is richly pigmented. At first, I wanted to swipe it around my eyes to shorten my morning routine. My smaller, almond-shaped eye space with this large pencil makes it difficult to do precise lines. When I try to use it as a wash on the lid, it’s tough to blend evenly (with fingers or a brush) so you must work very fast. Even with eye primer, this creases and smudges down my eyes and face during the work day. Overall, I don’t think I will repurchase this.
CAD $18
[sephora]

Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12Hr Wear Waterproof

I never bought anything from Sephora Collection and I needed something easy for the morning, so I gave this a try. The colour is a milk-chocolate brown with red undertones, and the formulation is richly pigmented. At first, I wanted to swipe it around my eyes to shorten my morning routine. My smaller, almond-shaped eye space with this large pencil makes it difficult to do precise lines. When I try to use it as a wash on the lid, it’s tough to blend evenly (with fingers or a brush) so you must work very fast. Even with eye primer, this creases and smudges down my eyes and face during the work day. Overall, I don’t think I will repurchase this.

CAD $18

[sephora]

— 3 weeks ago
Clarins Double Fix Mascara
Waterproof any mascara you want, or just keep your eyebrow colour in place - this does it all and does not budge! It doesn’t change the colour/finish of whatever product you’re using, and will prevent all smudging and running, even in mild rain/wet conditions. Sometimes I use it just to hold the curl of my eyelashes, before layering on mascara. Sometimes I’ll use mascara first. It’s an excellent product that lasts for a long time. Whether it’s beach day to a wedding, this is a must-have for keeping makeup in place. 
CAD $25 [sephora, murale, shoppers drug mart, the bay]

Clarins Double Fix Mascara

Waterproof any mascara you want, or just keep your eyebrow colour in place - this does it all and does not budge! It doesn’t change the colour/finish of whatever product you’re using, and will prevent all smudging and running, even in mild rain/wet conditions. Sometimes I use it just to hold the curl of my eyelashes, before layering on mascara. Sometimes I’ll use mascara first. It’s an excellent product that lasts for a long time. Whether it’s beach day to a wedding, this is a must-have for keeping makeup in place. 

CAD $25 [sephora, murale, shoppers drug mart, the bay]

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#clarins  #double fix  #mascara  #makeup 
Avene Hydrance Light Hydrating Cream
They say oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer, but often, oily skin also produces sebum to counteract dryness and dehydration. This is the moisturizer I’d recommend for oily skins; it’s a lot of hydration with a touch of lipid so your skin stays supple and plump, while tempering the oil production. It gives the skin a soft luminous finish.Like all Avene products, it’s very gentle and can be used for sensitive skins. It’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. I wear this a lot in humid climates, as my skin feels taut from dehydration, but I can’t wear anything too oily that’ll make my makeup run. I’ve also brought it onto planes for light rehydration on top of whatever moisturizer I already have on.Excellent product, very comfortable and well-suited to the oily skin of this 20-something.
CAD $20-30 [Shoppers Drug Mart]

Avene Hydrance Light Hydrating Cream

They say oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer, but often, oily skin also produces sebum to counteract dryness and dehydration. This is the moisturizer I’d recommend for oily skins; it’s a lot of hydration with a touch of lipid so your skin stays supple and plump, while tempering the oil production. It gives the skin a soft luminous finish.
Like all Avene products, it’s very gentle and can be used for sensitive skins. It’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. I wear this a lot in humid climates, as my skin feels taut from dehydration, but I can’t wear anything too oily that’ll make my makeup run. I’ve also brought it onto planes for light rehydration on top of whatever moisturizer I already have on.
Excellent product, very comfortable and well-suited to the oily skin of this 20-something.

CAD $20-30 [Shoppers Drug Mart]

— 3 months ago with 2 notes
#avene  #skincare  #moisturizer 
Covergirl Professional Loose Face Powder 
Oh my gosh, it’s back! This face powder is my favorite of ALL time: it’s budget-friendly, completely transparent, mattifying and so comfortable. I thought it was discontinue so I hoarded many backups in high school but now it’s back in sturdier packaging.It blots foundation to a silky matte (not flat) finish and keeps it that way all the way until lunch and more (the longest lasting on me, it’s sad). When oil appears, it’s satiny instead of greasing. It comes in 5-6 shades but they’re all very translucent so it shouldn’t be a problem. At all drugstores that carry Covergirl, it’s less than $10. 
CAD $10 [Shoppers drug mart]

Covergirl Professional Loose Face Powder 

Oh my gosh, it’s back! This face powder is my favorite of ALL time: it’s budget-friendly, completely transparent, mattifying and so comfortable. I thought it was discontinue so I hoarded many backups in high school but now it’s back in sturdier packaging.
It blots foundation to a silky matte (not flat) finish and keeps it that way all the way until lunch and more (the longest lasting on me, it’s sad). When oil appears, it’s satiny instead of greasing. 
It comes in 5-6 shades but they’re all very translucent so it shouldn’t be a problem. At all drugstores that carry Covergirl, it’s less than $10. 

CAD $10 [Shoppers drug mart]

— 5 months ago
#covergirl  #loose powder  #face powder  #makeup 
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
This hair oil is way under-rated because I love it so much. It’s to help with everything, from frizz and flyaways, detangling, and softness to UV and heat styling protection. I add about a dime amount to my palms and rub, then flip my head over and start at my hair ends. It’s so lightweight, as I still get plenty of volume at my crown and roots two days post-wash and after an entire day of wearing a tight bun. I feel nothing but softness in my hair, as my hair looks smooth and voluptuous. The shine it gives is a soft shine, not obnoxious at all. I’ve used Paul Mitchell’s skinny serum but that weights my hair down and straightens my hair a bit too much, whereas this gives my hair body in all the right ways.
CAD $50 [sephora]

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

This hair oil is way under-rated because I love it so much. It’s to help with everything, from frizz and flyaways, detangling, and softness to UV and heat styling protection. I add about a dime amount to my palms and rub, then flip my head over and start at my hair ends. 
It’s so lightweight, as I still get plenty of volume at my crown and roots two days post-wash and after an entire day of wearing a tight bun. I feel nothing but softness in my hair, as my hair looks smooth and voluptuous. The shine it gives is a soft shine, not obnoxious at all. I’ve used Paul Mitchell’s skinny serum but that weights my hair down and straightens my hair a bit too much, whereas this gives my hair body in all the right ways.

CAD $50 [sephora]

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#bumble and bumble  #invisible oil  #hair  #hair serum 
Ranked: The Body Shop Lip Butters & Balms

I’ve been using these since my teens and they haven’t changed much since. The difference between the butters vs balms, is the butters are largely shea butter while the balms are largely castor seed oil; none of them have petroleum jelly. I prefer the butters in the winter, when I need a denser, waxier layer, and the balms in the summer, with their glossy and lightweight finish. They don’t leave my lips as soft as I’d like, but rather helps lift the rough top layer to expose the softer lips underneath.

Born Lippy Watermelon Lip Balm
I love this one because of its juicy scent that straddles the real thing and candy. It goes on perfectly clear and is shiny, but not obnoxiously so. It wears for a long time and is quite comfortable.

Born Lippy Satsuma Lip Balm
This is the first one I ever bought, because I loved the golden sparkles (like in YSL Golden Glosses) in the mandarin base. It gives a sheer wash of color and smells like the rest of the satsuma line: a deeper, nonacidic orange. It was fun when I was young - definitely a summer shade. 

Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm
My favourite. This gives a glossy red tint that is very luscious and kissable. The scent is also divine, classically strawberry without any cheapness. There’s no shimmer; just a clear jelly finish. 

Coconut Lip Butter
Coconut is another scent The Body Shop does pretty well: it’s a very floral coconut without much nuttiness. The consistency of the lip butters is a bit lumpy and hard, especially if your fingers aren’t warm. It’s white-ish so it prevents you from applying too much, lest you look like you ate a bar of soap.

Mango Lip Butter
This is probably my least favourite lip butter from The Body Shop. I’m not really a fan of their mango scent, it’s piercing to the nose and smells a bit cheap/plasticky. It’s still a little inconsistent in texture but I do like how it moisturizes well in the winter.

CAD $6 [The Body Shop and all free standing stores]

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#the body shop  #lip butter  #lip balm  #makeup 
Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation SPF30
Could it be, a summer foundation to replace my precious Lancome Teint Idole Freshwear? Certainly the SPF factor is higher and it feels lighter on the skin, since it doesn’t have that silicone-slickness. It’s sheer coverage and wears well throughout the day, it really blurs minor discolourations for a flawless natural coverage. There’s no scent and it generally feels very comfortable.It doesn’t do much in terms of oil control and doesn’t have enough blemish coverage for my taste - I definitely still need concealer. What I really like about this, is that Dim the Light is the best match for my skin I’ve ever had. I’ve always been between MAC NC20-25, where foundations are either not yellow-olive enough or too orange. Because the colour is so perfect, I want to explore other formulas by Buxom.

Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation SPF30

Could it be, a summer foundation to replace my precious Lancome Teint Idole Freshwear? Certainly the SPF factor is higher and it feels lighter on the skin, since it doesn’t have that silicone-slickness. 
It’s sheer coverage and wears well throughout the day, it really blurs minor discolourations for a flawless natural coverage. There’s no scent and it generally feels very comfortable.
It doesn’t do much in terms of oil control and doesn’t have enough blemish coverage for my taste - I definitely still need concealer. What I really like about this, is that Dim the Light is the best match for my skin I’ve ever had. I’ve always been between MAC NC20-25, where foundations are either not yellow-olive enough or too orange. Because the colour is so perfect, I want to explore other formulas by Buxom.

— 6 months ago
#buxom  #show some skin  #foundation  #makeup 
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
When this first came out, there was quite the fuss over how smooth and perfect it makes the skin. It’s been repackaged with a mesh sifter instead of a plastic sifter with holes, so it dispenses less product. Composed of 100% mineral silica, this powder is ultrafine. It reduces shine to leave a natural finish that has no shimmers; not so matte that it’s flat but no where near a satin-finish. It sets a foundation though doesn’t do anything for its longevity. I would suggest blotting first before powdering, because it doesn’t absorb much oil. In addition, I recommend a duo fibre brush and tapping off the excess, or else a ghostly white cast happens. Overall, it’s great for photography as it smoothes the skin texture and gives a natural finish. I don’t find myself reaching for it every day due to its limited oil-controlling qualities and it’s whitish cast when I apply carelessly.
CAD$39 [sephora]

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

When this first came out, there was quite the fuss over how smooth and perfect it makes the skin. It’s been repackaged with a mesh sifter instead of a plastic sifter with holes, so it dispenses less product. Composed of 100% mineral silica, this powder is ultrafine. It reduces shine to leave a natural finish that has no shimmers; not so matte that it’s flat but no where near a satin-finish. 
It sets a foundation though doesn’t do anything for its longevity. I would suggest blotting first before powdering, because it doesn’t absorb much oil. In addition, I recommend a duo fibre brush and tapping off the excess, or else a ghostly white cast happens. 
Overall, it’s great for photography as it smoothes the skin texture and gives a natural finish. I don’t find myself reaching for it every day due to its limited oil-controlling qualities and it’s whitish cast when I apply carelessly.

CAD$39 [sephora]

— 6 months ago
#make up for ever  #hd  #powder  #makeup 
The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Scrub
This is by far my favorite line from The Body Shop: the scent is light and juicy with a hint of sweetness. It’s the perfect spring and summer scent.The scrub itself is for light exfoliation, leaving my skin soft and smooth without any tightness. There’s no residue unlike a lot of the other The Body Shop scrubs.
CAD $12 [The Body Shop and online]

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Scrub

This is by far my favorite line from The Body Shop: the scent is light and juicy with a hint of sweetness. It’s the perfect spring and summer scent.
The scrub itself is for light exfoliation, leaving my skin soft and smooth without any tightness. There’s no residue unlike a lot of the other The Body Shop scrubs.

CAD $12 [The Body Shop and online]

— 6 months ago with 2 notes
#the body shop  #vineyard peach  #body scrub  #scrub  #body