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My desert island beauty product? It would definitely have to be a lip balm.

I know, I know, so boring, right? But here’s the thing, everyone uses lip balm. Even if you aren’t a makeup person, there is still a spot for lip balm in your life.

So, with so many options for lip balms out there, it can get a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right one for you. Although I own a million different balms (they are literally spread out everywhere – in my condo, work, car, various purses, etc… you get the idea), it never hurts to have a few more, am I right?

Anyways, since I can’t seem to own enough of these little lip savers, I’m always so pumped when new ones come in as well. Which brings us to today’s post and my top picks if you are looking for some new lippies to add to your collection.

Laneige Lip Glowy Balm

I am a huge fan of Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask (seriously, if you don’t own this yet, go out and buy it! I put this on every night and the pot will last you a lifetime), so I was naturally very excited when the Korean skincare and makeup brand came out with the daytime version, Lip Glowy Balm (C$18), a couple months ago.

The Lip Glowy Balm is available in four fruity flavours (Berry, Peach, Pear, and Grapefruit) with a sheer tint of colour to it (very sheer). This product is a comfortable lightweight balm that hydrates lips, as well as adds a subtle tint to them. The formula contains murumuru and shea butters to pack on hydration and keep your lips moisturized for longer.

The Lip Glowy Balm is definitely a thinner texture compared to the Lip Sleeping Mask (and honestly, you could use this one instead of the sleeping one for night as well), but it has a nice wear to it and feels light on the lips and not sticky (very important if you have long hair!).

I have this in the colour Peach and although there is a slight tint to it, it’s really not that noticeable. If you would rather one that is translucent, then I would look into the Pear flavour, which is green in packaging, but completely clear on.

Avon Anew Vitamin C Antioxidant Lip Treatment

If you’re looking for a little pep, then take a look at Avon’s new Vitamin C lip balm.

This new lip balm is part of their Anew Vitamin C line, which also includes a heated scrub, some face masks, and a few other products. The balm is orange scented and conditions lips to keep them looking healthy and youthful. It comes in a traditional lipstick tube and although the product is orange in colour, it applies translucent on the lips.

The balm is formulated with vitamins C and E and also plumps and smooths the lips. It retails for C$20, but is currently on sale or C$9.99.

Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm and Lip-Loving Scrubstick

When I got a box from Fenty Beauty in the mail a couple weeks ago I was surprised that it opened up to some lip care goodies from the brand.

Everything else in the line is very makeup focused, so I was pleased to see that she’s venturing into more products that prep the skin for the rest of her line.

First up is the Lip-Loving Scrubstick (C$21), which is a retractable lip scrub that gently exfoliates lips, removing dead skin cells and prepping them for lipstick.

The formula contains apricot seed scrubbers to really buff out any dead skin and the lightweight, non-greasy formula is perfect for getting your lips ready for lipstick, lip gloss, or balm.

Speaking of which, pair the scrub with the Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm (C$23), which is a creamy, lightweight, clear balm that glides over the lips instantly infusing them with hydration.

At first glance, you would think the cap opens up to a angled tip to apply the product, but surprisingly it’s a doe-foot applicator, which I definitely prefer more. This formula is also non-greasy or sticky and contains shea and mango seed butters to soothe and moisturize the lips, leaving them softer, smoother, and ready for morning, bed, before makeup, you name it.

Although it appears clear to me, Fenty does say it has an invisipink sheen to it with a light peach-vanilla scent that is pleasing to apply. As far as I’m concerned, Fenty can do no wrong, and although it’s a lot for a lip routine, these are definitely a treat to have in your collection (especially if you aren’t really a makeup wearer but want to pick up something Fenty related).

All four of these products would be a perfect addition to your collection. The great thing about lip balms is that everyone can use them, regardless if you are into makeup or not.  Whether you’re picking up the Laneige one, the Avon one or the Fenty one, all three will please your lips and keep them nice and hydrated as we head into the summer months.

What’s your favourite lip balm?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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We’ve had some pretty great weather the last few days here in Winnipeg. Since we are officially on the tail end of May, with the temperature getting warmer that means more time in the sun, which also means the need for sunscreen.

Although you should definitely be wearing some form of sun protection year round, since we are showing more skin lately, it’s super important to add it into your routine every morning and afternoon. Thankfully, there are so many products now that make it easy to incorporate SPF into your daily skincare routine, whether it’s for the body or the face, and best of all, that doesn’t mean that the protection has to be a traditional lotion.

Here are my top picks for sun protection this summer.

LASPA natural mineral sunscreen

If you are wary of the traditional chemical-based sunscreen, then take a look at LASPA, which is made in Canada and Health Canada approved. It’s also a natural mineral sunscreen line that is a healthy alternative to traditional chemical-based sunscreens.

Available in a variety of different formulas, these 100 per cent naturally sourced mineral sun care products provide you with a variety of different SPF options, such as the SPF 20 for Daily Sun Protection Lotion (C$44), which can be used under makeup or all over your body. The formula includes organic coconut oil and Vitamin E, which helps to counteract the aging and damaging effects of the sun.

For the face, they offer an SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen Sensitive Skin for Face and Neck (C$40). This product is light and translucent making it comfortable to wear on the skin. Its all-natural zinc-based lotion is perfect for sensitive skin and also contains antioxidants to protect your skin from sun damage.

New this year is the SPF 50 Ultra Sun Protection Stick (C$18) for touchups on the go thanks to its small and convenient packaging.  This pocket-sized product is great to use with their SPF 30 as a touch up.

If you are unfamiliar with the differences between chemical and mineral sunscreens, a mineral sunscreen uses zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredient which helps to block UVA or UVB rays before they penetrate the skin. A chemical sunscreen on the other hand uses chemicals which are absorbed into the skin tissue and interact with the UVB rays after entering the body. Not all chemical sunscreens offer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, whereas mineral sunscreens offer this immediately.

Vichy Ultra-Fluid Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60

If you are a fan of the Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 but looking for a more affordable option, then take a look at Vichy’s newest suncare product.

The Ultra-Fluid Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 (C$29.95) is an ultra-fluid mineral tinted sunscreen with an SPF 60. Its formula has a 100 per cent mineral filter to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, as well as the brand’s Mineralizing Thermal Water to boost your skin’s defense system.

I like applying a dab of this product to my face after my skincare routine and before my makeup. It does have a tint to it, but nothing that would cover up any blemishes on the face.  I also like to use it as my makeup primer since it’s a great base to hold makeup and give you that added sun protection. If you’re using it on its own, it will give you 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance and the Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water makes it incredibly moisturizing on the skin.

Colorscience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Looking for something to give your makeup a quick touch-up of sun protection?

It’s recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours or so, but what if you are wearing a full face of makeup (hello outdoor weddings!). A truly innovative product, the Colorscience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 (C$75) is a retractable brush that allows you to brush on powdered sunscreen that’s 100 per cent chemical-free and contains mineral sunscreen actives.

Available in four shades (fair, medium, tan, and deep), this lightly tinted powder is perfect to use as a setting powder or just by itself. Just remove the lid, push down to activate the brush, and swirl it on your skin. It’s water and swear resistant up to 80 minutes and contains antimicrobial bristles to help protect the brush and maintain freshness. Best of all, since it’s a powdered formula, it makes it convenient to travel with anywhere.

Aside from sun protection, it also features pollution defense, blue light protection, and infrared radiation.  I absolutely love this product and highly recommend that everyone picks one up (great for kids as well!). It’s such a versatile item that makes it so easy to apply sunscreen whether you’re just starting your day or halfway through it.  Not everyone likes the texture of sunscreen and this totally transforms the way that we apply it. I also love how you can incorporate it into your makeup routine.

Colorscience also offers a number of other sun protection products, but I love this one since it’s so versatile and definitely suitable for just about anyone. I got mine from Dr. Minuk’s Cosmetic SkinClinic & Laser Centre here in Winnipeg, but if you aren’t local, check their site to see where you can order it from.

Seriously FAB Zinc It Over Sunscreen Facial Mist

For some reason, about a month or so back I was driving and this idea came into my mind that I wish there was a makeup setting spray out there that also doubled as a sunscreen. It’s such a logical idea, I mean if we can add SPF into foundations, why can’t we add it into a setting spray?

Well thankfully I didn’t start contacting scientists to come up with my own since about a week after that thought popped into my head, a company reached out to tell me about their innovative product that does the exact same thing.

Seriously FAB’s Zinc It Over Sunscreen Facial Mist ($39 USD) is a makeup setting spray that contains non-nano zinc oxide SPF 25 in it.  It’s designed to be used over makeup but can also be used on bare skin as well.

Available in three scents (Unscented, Tropical Floral, and Citrus Passion), it is suitable for all skin types, it’s reef safe (sunscreens with a high content of titanium dioxide are not biodegradable and can react in warm seawater to form hydrogen peroxide, which is harmful to sea life), and won’t give you that dreaded white-cast which is synonymous with sunscreens.

This product, available as full size and travel size (both of which are TSA friendly), sets makeup, defends skin against sun damage (make sure to reapply every two hours), and delivers hydration and nourishment to the skin, meaning it’ll keep your skin looking younger longer. The ingredients in the formula include non-nano zinc oxide, blueberry, pomegranate, acerola cherry, vitamin E, rooibos tea, aloe vera, and pumpkin seed.

I absolutely love this product since it combines two products I use on a daily basis (plus, it’s an easy way to not forget to apply sunscreen to your face in the morning). It comes in a non-aerosol bottle which dispenses a fine and sheer mist application to the face.  You do have to shake it first, but overall, it gives you the perfect coverage.

I got the Tropical Floral scent and I do want to note that it did still smell like sunscreen once I sprayed it. I don’t actually mind the smell of it and once it’s on you don’t notice a scent at all (it’s just when you are spraying it).

I absolutely love this product and can’t recommend it enough, especially since we are heading into the summer season. I’ve been using it non-stop since I received it and love how it’s such an easy and carefree way to apply sunscreen on a daily basis. The formula is also vegan, cruelty-free, natural, and safe.

Wearing sunscreen every day doesn’t just mean sun protection for those two hours or so. Even if you aren’t heading out into the sun that day, or if it’s overcast, I highly recommend wearing some sort of SPF everyday as it will help protection your skin from aging as you get older.

I’m now in my 30s (turning 31 on May 31), and I’m so thankful that I took good care of my skin when I was younger since the measures I took then have given me great skin now. I’m definitely being a lot more mindful about sun protection as a 30-something adult and highly recommend you do the same, no matter which age you are. The best thing is, there are so many different ways to incorporate SPF into your life and lifestyle, just take a look at some of these products for example.

Do you wear sunscreen everyday?

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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There are so many anti-pollution skincare items out there right now, so it makes total sense that someone would come up with a makeup line that does the same thing too.

Revlon recently came out with a new line of products in their PhotoReady line, the Candid collection, which consists of a foundation, concealer, and setting powder, that is aimed to protect the skin from pollution and blue light, all without oils, parabens, phthalates, and harsh fragrances.

As someone who has seen first-hand the effects of pollution and blue light, I love that there is a makeup brand out there that has come out with a line to protect skin from these daily aggressors (seriously, I have seen SUCH a change in terms of eye strain with my blue light glasses. It’s a thing people!).

Anyways, back to the collection… Starting off with the PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation (C$15.99), this product is available in a staggering 31 shades and is a skin-enhancing, natural-looking formula that gives your skin a flawless finish.  The hydrating texture delivers medium coverage and is weightless when applied.  I found it great as an everyday foundation, or one suitable for the office since it protects your skin from your computer screen and air pollution, and found that it wore quite well throughout the day as well.

Pair the foundation with the PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer (C$10.49), which is available in 18 shades and also delivers medium coverage to cover up dark circles and blemishes. It also contains caffeine to depuff eyes for a fresh start to your day.  The thing I love about this concealer is that although it looks like a squeeze tube with sponge at first glance it actually opens up to a doe-foot applicator, making it super easy to really target where you want to apply the product.

Finally, the PhotoReady Candid Anti-Pollution Setting Powder (C$16.49) is available in three shades (the powder is translucent, it just adds a bit of tint) and is the perfect setting powder for the foundation and concealer. The formula is lightweight and features ultra-fine loose powder to even out skin tone and set makeup.  It has a sifter-type packaging that makes it easy to just dispense the appropriate amount of product needed and also contains antioxidants to nourish the skin.

Overall, I thought this collection was great. For actual wear and how it made my skin look and  feel, I thought it did the trick, but the thing that really impressed me was the whole anti-pollution and blue light thing.  I’ve seen this so many times in skincare lately and it’s never even dawned on me that you could add it to makeup, which I think is a great idea. If you live in a high-population city or work in an office in front of a computer screen for 40 hours a week, then I highly recommend looking into this line to help protect your skin.

Do you use products for blue light or pollution protection?

Please note, product provide by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Summer and sun-kissed skin goes hand in hand, so it’s no wonder that Fenty Beauty came out with a brand-new bronzer line.

The Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer (C$38) is a long-wear, transfer-resistant powder bronzer that is available in eight shades to suit any skin tone. Housed in a beautiful copper compact, open it up to reveal a large powder with the iconic FB logo embossed into the product.

I received two of the eight shades, Shady BIZ (light with warm undertones) and Private Island (light to medium with warm undertones), both of which are on the lighter end of the spectrum (although not the lightest). I did find this bronzer to be very natural looking and creamy, meaning that it blended out nicely and didn’t look harsh or dirty on the skin (see before and after photos below). It also doesn’t feel heavy or cakey, making it ideal to wear on a hot day. I also want to note that there isn’t any sparkle or glitter in here, meaning the matte formula will look natural, whether it’s to give you a contour or a sunkissed glow.

Fenty also came out with a brush to apply this product with, the Cheek Hugging Bronzer Brush 190 (C$45), which is an angled and chiseled brush that is designed to apply the bronzer perfectly in the contours of your face. The large, plush brush (in the brand’s iconic soft pink colour) is cut so that it makes it super easy to create the perfect contour. Just sweep it in the bronzer and then apply it to the hollows of your cheek bones, temples, and jawline. It takes some getting used to in terms of maneuvering it, but it’s a pretty foolproof way to apply bronzer if you’re looking to use it for contouring.

The brush features soft synthetic bristles, so it’s truly perfect for everyone. It is on the pricier side at $45 but I highly recommend investing in your brushes to really apply the makeup in the way that it was meant to be applied. Do I absolutely recommend you pick this up if you’re getting the bronzer? No. If you already have a brush you like for contouring, then that would obviously do the trick. This one though makes it so much easier to apply the perfect perfectly in the areas that it should be applied to.

So how does the bronzer compare to others out there? If you are looking for a softer bronzer then you’ll love this one. I didn’t find it to be overly heavy or too drastic once applied (although I could have gotten that effect with a darker shade). It’s a nice, natural-looking colour that will truly impress anyone who purchases it.

What’s your favourite bronzer?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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I always love trying out a new concealer.

Although I don’t suffer from dark circles (yet!), adding a concealer to your look really helps to bring out the eyes and camouflage any blemishes in your skin. Since I have pretty good skin right now, most concealers tend to work for me, however, if you have dark under eyes or major blemishes then Marc Jacobs Beauty’s new concealer stick will probably be right up your alley.

The Accomplice Concealer and Touch-Up Stick (C$38) is a long-wearing creamy concealer that covers any imperfections in the skin to give you a flawless complexion. Available in 17 shades, this concealer is full coverage and will provide you with some serious wear since it helps to blur the look of pores, fine lines, and imperfections, as well as blemishes and uneven skin tone.

The first thing you’ll notice about this product is the cute packaging that the concealer comes housed in. The bullet opens up to the retractable stick that you can apply to your skin straight from the packaging.  Glide it on your skin and then use a brush or damp sponge to blend out. I will note that since this is a thicker formula, I do prefer a brush over a sponge since I find you can really get in there better with the brush to fully buff it out. If you’re using a sponge, I found that you really have to apply pressure to move the product.

I received two of the 17 shades, Fair 16 and Light 20 and have to say that they both worked nicely on my skin. I paired these with a variety of different foundations and found that the coverage was amazing. This concealer is definitely not for the faint of heart though since it’s such a thick formula. In fact, since it’s so thick, this stuff will not move and you’ll be left with flawless skin that won’t budge or wear away. Marc Jacobs Beauty says this is a long-wearing concealer and I definitely have to agree with the brand in that it lasts a long time on the skin.

Overall, if you have skin concerns, such as blemishes, dark circles, acne, etc., I would look into picking this up since it does an amazing job of covering just about anything. If you prefer something more lightweight though, I would look into other options out there.  I do like the packaging and how easy it is to transport. Just toss it in your bag since it’s so small and pull it out for touch ups as required.

Another thing I want to note is that if you have dry skin, then this may not work for you. Since it’s so thick, it might look a little patchy. I have normal skin, which was fine for the formula. Also, I imagine it would do wonders on oily skin as well.

What’s your favourite concealer? Have you tried Marc Jacobs Beauty”s new Accomplice formula?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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With the weather heating up and the sun shining, we can finally get rid of those dreaded toques and embrace our hair!

I’ve been getting a lot of hair products lately and since I’m always down to try new products for haircare. Since there’s been A LOT, I’ve been collecting it all for a roundup post since I’ll be able to categorize it all by your hair type. Have curly hair? Want more shine? How about sky-high volume? Check, check, check, and more!

It’s gonna be a long one (no pun intended!), so let’s get right into it.

For those who have dandruff….

Dandruff actually runs in my family, so I’m always on the hunt for a good dandruff shampoo to recommend to my parents and brother (I get dandruff in the wintertime due to a dry sculp).  In fact, stats show that 25 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men are affected by dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis.

If Head and Shoulders ain’t your thang than take a look at the Vichy Dercos Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (C$19.95). This shampoo (available in two formulas – normal to dry and normal to oily) exfoliates visible dandruff from the first application and helps to banish it forever. Once you’re done the bottle, dandruff will be diminished for up to six weeks once you stop using it.

With regular use, the scalp regains its health and helps to get rid of itchiness and persistence dandruff. The formula contains Vichy Thermal Spa Water and is paraben free as well.

For those who have coloured hair…

You know that feeling when you leave the salon and your colour is looking fresh and then two weeks later it’s looking pretty lacklustre. When you spend that much money getting the colour of your dreams it’s very important to invest in some great products to maintain it.

I’ve been loving Nexxus Color Assure line for coloured hair, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, cleansing conditioner, purple shampoo, and deep moisture masque.

I have the shampoo, conditioner, and deep moisture masque and have been loving how these make my hair look and free. The products are sulfate-free, which is important since I have extensions and can only use products with no sulfates, and replenishes hair with nutrients for vibrancy retention. The formula is infused with their exclusive ProteinFusion blend with elastin protein and quinoa to help bring hair back to life and keep the colour bright.

Nexxus also has a variety of other formulas in this line, so whatever your hair concern is, there is a haircare line out there for you!

To keep your blonde fresh…

Although having a great colour shampoo and conditioner is a must, so is having a good purple shampoo.

Blondes can easily look brassy and yellow fast, so having a purple shampoo can help to neutralize the colour to bring the depth back to your locks. Joico’s Color Endure Violet Shampoo (also sulfate free!) neutralizes brassy, yellow tones and helps to brighten lightened hair.

Although it’s important to have a purple shampoo in your arsenal of haircare products, I do recommend that you only use this one to two times a week max since you don’t want to overdo it. In the meantime, you can swap in your other colour care products for the rest of the time.

If you want sky-high volume…

I love voluminous hair and when I have the time to do it, I love to give myself an at-home blowout to achieve maximum volume. For those days though that I don’t have an hour to devote to my locks, I rely on a good voluminizing line.  One of my new favourites is actually by a Canadian brand and can be found in drugstores (total win!).

Cake Beauty’s new volumizing line smells like lemon cake (which is such a treat!), and they included a number of amazing products in the lineup. Start off your routine with the Big Big Deal Thickening Volume Shampoo (C$12.99) and The Big Wig Thickening Volume Conditioner (C$12.99), which is fortified with natural ingredients (the brand is cruelty-free and vegan) to give you moisture, proteins, and promote stronger strands.

Once out of the shower, spray the Mane Manager 3-in-1 Leave-In Conditioner (C$11.97), which is a triple-action formula that leaves your hair moisturized, your style refreshed, and your hair softer. You can use it on dry or damp hair to help add some oomph into your style or detangle, hydrate, and jazz up your locks.

For some added volume, apply a dollop of the Thick Trick Volumizing Styling Mousse (C$14.99) at the roots.  This styling product lifts and plumps hair without cakey feel (again, no pun intended).  It also doesn’t weigh down your hair and will add some shine.

Finally, to make your hair go a little longer without washing, spray The Gloss Boss Dry Styling Oil (C$11.97) onto dry hair to instantly refresh and revive it.  This formula is blended with natural oils and it restores moisture, protects from heat tools, and leaves you hair soft and shiny. I like using it after a workout to add a little bit of life back to my hair (since I’ve gotten extensions I typically wash my hair once or twice a week since it hold style so well).

For those who want to grow out their hair…

Speaking of great drugstore brands, one of my favourites Marc Anthony Haircare recently added some new products to their Grow Long line.

Already consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, treatment, dry shampoo foam, and more, new to the line up is the Strengthening Grow Long Anti-Breakage Mask, the 2-in-1 Dry Shampoo and Conditioner, the Intense Hydration Conditioning Treatment, and 10-in-1 Everything Foam.

Since Marc Anthony products are so inexpensive, you can definitely pick up the whole line for probably the cost of a shampoo and conditioner from lots of salon brands, however, if you are looking for one or two items to add into your routine then I definitely recommend the foam and the dry shampoo and conditioner.

The Strengthening Grow Long 10-in-1 Everything Foam (C$11.49) is the one product in this whole post which really surprised me the most. This foam has 10 benefits for hair in it, including softening, moisturizing, detangling, defrizzing, and conditioning the hair. It also includes caffeine, ginseng, and avocado to really help nourish hair and prep it for styling.

Here’s the thing though, when I first applied this to my hair I thought the texture would be like a mousse. You know when you apply a mousse to your hair and it instantly turns into a liquid. Well this stays as a foam, meaning that a little goes a long way.  Once I brushed my hair out, it was absorbed but I totally expected my hair to dry greasy-looking. Instead, once my hair was ready to style, it was actually super soft to the touch and free of any frizz.

Another all-star product from the line is the Strengthening Grow Long 2-in-1 Dry Shampoo and Conditioner (C$11.49), which is perfect for those days where you want to stretch out your hairstyle a little longer. This formula also contains caffeine and ginseng in it to fight off excess oil and dryness, as well as rice starch to absorb oil and add volume. There is no alcohol and no white residue, which is synonymous with dry shampoo. Hair is left feeling fresh and cleansed, while also conditioned and hydrated.

For those who want some added bounce and shine…

I love everything that Design.ME does, so when I saw they came out with two new products earlier this year, I had to get my hands on them (even if one of them is for curly hair and I don’t actually have curly hair…).

First up, their most exciting release is the Gloss.ME (C$24) which is their cannabis sativa oil hair serum. Don’t worry, you won’t actually get high from using this as there is no CBD or THC in the serum. It’s actually hemp seed oil which is extracted/manufactured by cold-pressing hemp seeds found on the hemp plant. The formula also has rice bran oil to help all you damaged hair girls, as this will help your hair gain back some shine and luster, as well as hydrolyzed soy protein to strengthen, boost shine, and moisturize. Last but not least, it also contains fan-favourite argan oil and moringa seed oil to help moisturize the hair and repair split ends.

If you’re a curly haired girl then you’ll love their new Bounce.ME (C$22), which came out in February.  I don’t have curly hair, but have been using this balm since it’s perfect for adding moisture, volume, shine, and definition (I always curl my hair anyways, but it’s natural straight).

This lightweight curl balm gives you medium-hold and conditioning for curly hair and also protects the hair from environmental stressors, controls frizz and flyaways, and offers up heat protection as well.  The formula also contains argan oil, which adds shine and infuses hair, as well as omega fatty acids, vitamins, and hair-living oil.  It’s also of a catatonic nature, meaning it has a positive charge to tame negative charges, such as frizz. I know it’s a lot of science, but this curl balm really does a great job (and this is coming from a girl with straight hair).

MoroccanOil for Light Tones collection

So speaking of argan oil, the OG brand, MoroccanOil recently came out with a couple collections formulated to different hair colours, Light Hair Tones and Dark Hair Tones.

Since I’m a blonde, (well, kind of, I’m more ombre), I got their Light Hair Tones collection, which includes their iconic argan oil and a dry shampoo. The Moroccanoil Treatment Light (C$36) is formulated for light-coloured and fine hair. I like applying a dime-sized amount to damp hair as it conditions your hair and boosts shine and moisture. It also detangles, speeds up drying time, and leaves hair smooth and manageable.

If you’re looking for a dry shampoo formulated for blondes (C$29) or brunettes (no more white cast!), they also released one in both these lines. I got the Light Tone one, which contains ultra-fine rice starch that absorbs oil, buildup, and odour, making it perfect for those days after the gym or extending your blowout. It also contains UV-protecting argan oil which has subtle violet undertones to balance any brassiness in blonde hair.

Conair The Deep Waver 

Finally, the last item is an actual hair tool.  I have a few different curling irons, but I don’t have anything to give me those 1920’s finger waves. Enter The Deep Waver by Conair!

The Deep Waver (C$54.99) is a hot tool with contoured plates that helps you achieve luxurious waves that last for days (hello mermaid hair!). All you have to do is section off the hair and press down one section at a time for the most beautiful wavy hair (seriously, I got so many compliments when I showed me using this on Instagram a few weeks back).  It also features titanium ceramic barrels that help to prevent frizz and leaves hair looking sleek and shiny.

I want to note that although these tools are very affordable, they do last a long time. I still have (and occasionally use – for ’80s parties obvi) my Conair hair crimper from back in the day, so there is definitely amazing value with Conair products.

I seriously can’t believe all the amazing hair products that have been coming out lately, so if you are looking for new goodies to add to your haircare arsenal, definitely let me know if you end up picking up any of my recommendations!

What’s your go-to hair product?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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I’m always on the hunt for a great primer.

Over the years I’ve collected my fair share of primers, from both drugstore and luxury brands. Truthfully, I’m not too picky when choosing one for my makeup, as very rarely have I come across a primer I haven’t liked. With that being said, since most seem to work for me and my skin type, very rarely will a primer really impress me.

Until now.

I received the Stila Lingerie Soufflé’s Skin Perfecting Primer (C$47) about a month or so back and was instantly struck by how beautiful the packaging is. Typically with primers they come in some form of a squeeze tube, however, this one is housed in a stunning glass jar in the shape of a star with a jewel-encrusted lid with the brand’s name on top. Definitely impressive.

This primer, available in two tones (illuminating and bronzing), has a variety of functions to give you the perfect makeup application.  First thing you’ll notice when you apply this is how refreshing it is on the skin, thanks to its whipped gel formula. In fact, it contains over 70 per cent water making it a nice treat on your skin (it also has some natural botanicals thrown in for the most comfortable wear… seriously, it’s so refreshing!).

As for the actual priming factor, this product has light-refracting pearls which add a natural-looking glow with a blurring, skin-perfecting effect. You’ll notice that once you apply your foundation over top it will go on so smoothly. Sometimes with primers you will feel a tackiness to the skin, but not with this one, it literally makes all your other beauty products just glide on the skin.

Stila also offers a foundation in the Lingerie Soufflé’s Skin Perfecting line as well if you want to complete the set. I have not tried it, but I believe that the formula is very similar to the primer.

Now, since we are on the Stila topic, I just have to mention that one of my all-time favourite beauty products ever came out with some new shades. I absolutely love the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows (C$31) and they recently released some new shades. Although I truly believe that everyone and their mom should have Kitten Karma in their collection, if you have blue eyes like me, then you’ll probably love Tulip Twinkle, which is a rosy pink shade, with some sparkle of course!

If you aren’t familiar with the Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadows, they are a liquid eyeshadow with a doe-foot applicator allowing you to intricately apply incredible luster and shimmer to the eyes.  If you are a fan of glitter shadows but find that they look way better in the pan than on the lids, then you’ll love these since you can really pack on the shine. Best of all, they dry down to a comfortable wear (not gritty), and since it’s a liquid product, you won’t have any of that annoying fall out.

I was already impressed with the Glitter & Glow shadows, so I knew I would love their new shade Tulip Twinkle, what really impressed me though was how much I loved the primer. Like I said, very rarely will a primer blow me away, but I have to say that this one has instantly become a new highlight for me when applying my makeup. I love the way it makes my skin feel and my foundation look. So both are totally a win-win!

Have you tried any of the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows? What about Stila’s new Lingerie Soufflé primer?

Please note, I received these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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In a bind over what to get mom this Mother’s Day?

I remember when I was a kid my mom would order Avon items for us all the time. As I grew older, I started to explore other brands, but Avon will forever be that OG brand of skincare and makeup that reminds me of my mom.  That’s why today’s post is just perfect for Mother’s Day.

Avon has a number of different affordable options available to gift mom this year. My favourite item, hands down is their new blush palette, the Iconic Blooming Blush Palette (C$14.99), which features four cheek-friendly shades in a slim palette. Open the lid to reveal four blushes, all embossed with a beautiful floral design. At $15, this palette is incredibly affordable and would pair well with other Avon items or even flowers to gift along with this.

If you’re looking to keep it strictly to makeup, then I highly recommend you pair the blush palette with their Iconic Lipstick in pink (C$12, on sale for C$6!). This lipstick comes in the cutest packaging and leaves you with a shimmery frosted pink shade that is super flattering on the lips. This lipstick is also super buttery to wear and will instantly become mom’s favourite shade.

Finally, you really can’t go wrong with a fragrance. Complete the set with Avon’s Flourish Honey Blossom Eau de Perfum spray (C$30, on sale for C$19.99!).

This perfum comes house in a beautiful floral bottle and has notes of apple blossom, lively honeysuckle nectar, and radiance vanilla orchid.  It smells like the start of summer and every time mom wears it she’ll instantly think of you.

The best part, for me, about Avon products is the nostalgia that my mom used to order us Avon as a kid, and with these stunning items, you can really help celebrate that it’s come full circle with the brand.  Not only are these products truly beautiful in person and applied, but they are also super affordable to pick up.

So get on your local Avon seller and order these ASAP, I know your mom will love them!

What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Looking for an out-of-this-world glow? Then you need to take a look at Charlotte Tilbury’s Glowgasm collection.

Glowgasm, which came out earlier this spring, features three Beauty Light Wands and a face palette.  The collection is designed to give you an ethereal glow that radiates skin.

The Beauty Light Wands (C$50 each or available as a set for C$132) aren’t new to the line, but Tilbury released three new shades for this collection. These are a liquid highlight/blush product that is in a squeeze tube which you can apply to your face either with your fingers or directly from the rounded brush. The three shades are Goldgasm, a golden highlighter aimed to give you that soft-focused, candle-lit glow; Pinkgasm, a glowing high blush designed to give you rosy pink cheeks; and Peachgasm, which delivers pinky-peach colour to the cheeks with a wash of a sun-kissed glow.

I did find all three colours to be quite similar in shade and also expected them to be a bit more shimmery on the skin.  The applicator makes it super easy to apply these to the cheeks and cheekbones since your squeeze them to allow the product to be dispensed in the sponge. I’m used to an out-of-this-world highlighter, but these are more of a subtle touch, which is great for those who don’t wear highlighters often or are looking for a more natural, flushed look. Since these are a liquid formula, they are perfect for summertime since I tend to gravitate more towards creams and liquids since they are more comfortable to wear on the skin as opposed to powder.

If powder if more your jam though, then you need to look into the Glowgasm Face Palette (C$95), which are two stunning palettes filled with two highlighters, a blush, and a bronzer for the ultimate cheek palette.

First off, this palette is stunning to look at. The outside of it features a beautiful crystal appearance and inside the products are designed to be eye-catching when opened. I received LoveGasm, which is the darker of the palettes. As for the powders themselves, there is a soft champagne (Light It), a rose gold highlight to layer up with (Glow It), a rosy blush (Pop It), and a neutral cocoa blush to contour (Bronze It).

Compared to other face palettes I own, I do have to say that you may want to go in with a heavy hand when using this. The powders are very sheer, which is great if you don’t want to go too overboard, but I found I had to really get my brush in there in order to see the colour on my skin. I think what they were trying to do with this palette is give you the effect of a filter, so it just subtly makes your skin that much better.

For those CT diehards, I would recommend purchasing both a Beauty Light Wand and the palette to really layer on the glow. I found I didn’t get the most blinding highlight from this collection, but that’s okay since that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I think that this collection is perfect to have since it gives you more of a refined, everyday kind of glow that really will never go out of style.

Please note, products provided by PR, all opinions are my own.

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Looking for a vacay-ready lip gloss? Then Buxom has you covered.

I’ve been a fan of the Buxom Full-On Plumping Glosses for a while now, and although I don’t own many of them it’s always been high on my list on lip glosses that plump your lips up to their full potential.

I actually have lip fillers, but sometimes you want those suckers to feel even larger, and that’s where this product comes in. Best of all, these new colours have the most amazing scent to them which will instantly transport you somewhere hot (all while not even leaving your couch… sigh).

The Wanderlust Full-On Plumping Lip Gloss Creams (C$26) are everyone’s favourite gloss with new vivid, vacay-ready colours in a shiny finish.  The formula contains hyaluronic acid booster and a peptide complex to help plump lips up for that filler effect.  If you are not a fan of the usual tingling sensation a lip plumper gives you then you’ll want to skip these since these are the queen of the tingle. They tingle so hard that you can feel your lips inflating. They also have a minty fresh feeling as well that makes your mouth seem like you just brushed your teeth.

Anyways, the real selling factor for me with these is the actual scent. Slather these on for a coconut flavour that tastes like you’re sipping a pina colada. Honestly, if you’re looking for the perfect summer beauty product, this is it.

These glosses are available in six shades (they are all currently sold out on Sephora’s site at the moment) and I received three of them, Havana Punch (rose), Ibiza Bomb (pink), and Dolly Daiquiri (absolute mauve). At first glance, they are all look very pink in the bottle, some of which lean more towards a darker shade, but when you swipe them on, they give you a nice creamy, glossy finish that is so pleasant to wear and beautiful on the lips.

I really love these glosses and if you can get your hands on one I would definitely recommend including them to your collection.  I get that plumping glosses are not for everyone, especially since the formula may not be pleasant for everyone, but if you are into that sort of thing then I definitely recommend picking up a shade of their Wanderlust ones since the scent is so delectable and totally is the perfect summer gloss to wear in these upcoming months.

Do you like plumping glosses?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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