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Y. Beauty by Ybeautyblogger - 2w ago

Hello my beauties! Wedding season is officially here! As planning your wedding is such a big endeavour, planning your wedding “look” is just as important! All brides want to ensure that they look their absolute best as photographs of this memorable event are going to be cherished for years to come! With that said, one key element that the bride should be well-prepared for is makeup. At Pro Makeup Coach, we highly suggest that every bride partake in a Bridal Trial to ensure that the bride is getting the look they want on their big day!

This week, I  thought it would be a good idea to do a post all about Bridal Trials. What to expect, how you should prepare and what to do afterwards.

What is a Bridal Trial?

A Bridal Trial is where the bride gets to meet the makeup artist, discuss what sort of look they may have envisioned (not every bride knows exactly what look they want, and that is totally okay!), and test out a bridal look.

By having a Bridal Trial, the bride can see how the makeup holds up, whether they would want to tweak anything for the Big Day and become comfortable with their makeup artist. The day of the wedding can be very stressful and making sure that your makeup is one less stress you have to worry about on your Big Day is ideal!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Bridal Trial

Here are some tips to keep in mind for your Bridal Trial:

  • Wear white – if you are wearing white on the Big Day, why not wear white to your Bridal Trial to see how it compliments the colour?
  • Decide what bridal style/look you want (dramatic, soft, colours, lashes, smokey eye, bold lip, etc.)
  • Find images of makeup looks that inspire you (makeup artists appreciate this so much as it helps narrow down exactly what the bride is looking for)

  • False lashes – yay or nay?
  • Ask questions! Don’t be shy – the makeup artists will be asking you a bunch of questions so do not hesitate to ask your own!
  • Remember that it is YOUR day! If you want to change something or don’t like something, speak up! As a makeup artist, we want to ensure that your are happy with your look.
  • Determine timing – the makeup artist will want to know how many people intend on having their makeup done on the Big Day so that they can ensure they plan enough time accordingly
  • Take a bunch of pictures in different lighting and at different angles – You will want to ensure that your makeup holds up throughout the day. After the trial, make sure to take plenty of photos and see what the makeup looks like in natural and artificial lighting.
  • Remember, this is wedding makeup – Many brides look in the mirror after a trial and feel like the makeup may be too much (however, of course if the bride wants less, that can be done!) I always remind the brides that:
  1. Wedding Makeup is much different than everyday makeup as it is heavier (one word: photos); and,
  2. Most people aren’t going to be standing two inches from your face where they are holding the mirror.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life so of course, you want to ensure that you are not only comfortable with your makeup artist, but that you have confidence in them as well. A Bridal Trial is the perfect way to ensure that you get the look you want on your Big Day!

That’s Y!

P.S. Don’t forget! You can also purchase Oh So Pretty Cosmetic lippies to take with you on the Big Day so that touch-ups are a breeze!
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Hello my beauties! I am finally back after a bit of a much-needed hiatus. But now, I am ready to get back into the swing of things and spread the news about the latest and greatest in the beauty industry! This week, I have a product that has become one of my ride-or-die’s! It is no easy feat to get that title, but this product truly blew my mind and I have become addicted!

A month ago, I received a complimentary VoxBox from Influenster with the new Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade and brush to try out for myself.

As soon as I saw that it was a Kat Von D product, I just knew I would love it! I absolutely LOVE Kat Von D products as I find she creates products that are true staples as they do exactly what you want them to. That sounds sort of basic, right? Well, in reality, staples that deliver what you want are not always easy to find in the beauty industry. Case in point, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner has been my all-time favourite black eyeliner as it is super easy to use, the blackest black and it: Does. Not. Move!Unfortunately, many liners do not have the staying power that the Tattoo Liner does. Funny enough, I came across this article recently that perfectly explains just how awesome the Tattoo Liner is: People Magazine: Woman’s Viral Makeup Review Claims Kat Von D Eyeliner Never Smudges – Even After a Car Accident.

Now, back to Super Brow. Let’s just say, I had high hopes for this brow pomade when I first received it. I received the pomade in the shade Walnut and a brow brush for application (Which to be honest, I didn’t know what I was more excited about – the pomade or the brush! I LOVE Kat Von D brushes!) When I first applied the pomade, I learned quickly that you need to be careful with how much product you apply on your brush. A tiny bit is all you need! Which means, this little pot of brow goodness is going to last you quite awhile! To prevent using too much product, I lightly tap my brush on the pomade to pick up the product and then try to brush any excess off on the inside of the lid of the pot. Using feather light strokes, I apply the pomade mainly to the tops of my brows to fill them in. That is it! It doesn’t take very long at all.

On the Kat Von D website, the Super Brow is described as this:

“Kat Von D stretched the boundaries of innovation to create the weightless, waterproof formula she’s always wanted but hasn’t been able to find. Saturated with as much pigment as possible, this high-pigment brow pomade delivers budge-proof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof brows that don’t come off until you want them to.”

After testing this brow product for the past few weeks, I can honestly say that Kat Von D delivered as promised! My brows do not move throughout the day. This is my brow after 10 Hours (from the time I apply my makeup in the morning until the time I get home from work):

I swear, Kat Von D can do no wrong when it comes to her beauty products! As for the price, although I received this product complimentary for testing purposes, I can attest that the price point is quite fair. The pomade runs for $23 at Sephora and considering the fact that you only need a tiny bit of product per use – you will not find the need to re-stock frequently.

There are 16 shades to choose from, including red, green, blue, purple, etc. That may sound strange to you, but makeup is art and as Kat Von D’s website states, “There are no rules in makeup, especially when it comes to your brows, so feel free to craft and color with complete creative freedom!”

Seriously, brows are still a big trend in the beauty industry and that does not appear to be changing any time soon. I have tried my fair share of brow products, and there hasn’t been a single one that has given me the results that the Super Brow has. What else can I say? I’m hooked!

Have you tried the 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade from Kat Von D? Let me know what you think!

That’s Y!

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Hello my beauties! It is absolutely dreadful outside, BUT why not cozy up and read the latest blogpost from Y. Beauty? (And trust me, it’s a good one!)

Today, I am talking all about collagen powder. I have been seeing articles and posts about this protein everywhere lately and decided to try it for myself. I have been adding collagen powder to my morning coffee for just over a month now and I have to say, I am noticing some positive changes! My hair just seems to be healthier, my nails are growing like crazy and my skin just looks fresh!

What is Collagen?

One third of your body is made up of collagen. Collagen is a protein is what makes our skin look youthful and plump and when skin is damaged, collagen is what helps repair the skin. This is because collagen is made up of amino acids which are essentially the building blocks of the body. Collagen is found in the body’s connective tissue (i.e. ligaments, cartilage, bones, etc.) Did you know that your body’s natural collagen production slows at a rate of about 1% per year starting at age 20? This is why as you get older, your skin starts to wrinkle and you may find that you have joint problems such as arthritis.

There are three types of collagen – I, II and III. Type I is the most common and consists of strong fibers and is found in the skin, ligaments, bones (including the dentin of your teeth).  Type II is the main type in cartilage and is likely the type of collagen that is lacking in your system if you find you are having joint pain. Type III is what makes up tissues in your muscles, intestines and blood vessels. All three types are vital for the health of your body.

Benefits of Collagen

So what are the benefits of taking a collagen supplements?

  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks
  • Longer and stronger hair and nails
  • Reduce joint pain
  • Balance hormones
  • Alleviate issues with indigestion (i.e. acid reflux, IBS and leaky gut syndrome)
  • Helps keep your heart healthy (reduces hardening of arteries)
  • Increase metabolism and aid in muscle growth
  • Reduce anxiety and improve brain function
  • Regulate blood sugar

My reaction was something similar to this:

Basically, collagen is the superhero of supplements!

I have been taking the Organika Enhanced Collagen Protein Powder and adding a tablespoon to my morning coffee. For 1 tablespoon of this powder, there is 8g of protein! I honestly haven’t noticed a change in the way my coffee tastes since adding in the collagen powder and it dissolves really well.

As I mentioned previously, my hair, skin and nails have all improved since I started taking the collagen supplement. Also, I tend to problems with digestion and noticed that I haven’t had many issues since I started taking this supplement. Another bonus is that I often get back pain from my scoliosis that I had surgery on when I was 14 (especially when the weather is bad, like it is now with the rainageddon), but my back hasn’t been bothering me much lately.

Seriously, if you are looking to take a supplement that literally can help improve your hair right down to your acid reflux, collagen powder may be just what you are looking for!

Have you tried taking a collagen supplement?

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Y. Beauty by Ybeautyblogger - 2M ago

Hello my beauties, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

This week, I have something exciting to share with you all! I recently got the chance to test out some new false lashes by Azeredo Cosmetics. I ordered 3 different pairs to try out and all 3 were big winners!

Azeredo Cosmetics

Azeredo Cosmetics is a U.S. based company that ships from Canada (love) and was created by Amanda Azeredo (Girlboss!) Amanda’s passion is what enticed her to create her own line of cosmetics and her first product in her line were lashes. Amanda has been in the makeup industry for almost 10 years and handcrafted the lashes so they are suitable for any eye shape. The lashes are all 100% handmade, cruelty-free and made with a synthetic fiber.

Amanda was inspired by her late father who passed away from battling cancer. In honour of this, Azeredo Cosmetics donates 5% of all profits to help the fight against cancer. That is truly inspiring! Not only is Amanda passionate about the beauty industry, she is also passionate about giving back and making a difference. This is definitely the type of company that I love to support!

For my first purchase, I picked 3 lashes to try: Legendary, Irresistible and Hollywood.

Here’s how they turned out…

Legendary

Irresistible

Hollywood

It is really hard to choose because I truly fell in love with each lash so much but I think my favourite is Hollywood! I just love the drama that these lashes embody. They just instantly made me feel pretty and confident when I took a look in the mirror. They are just stunning!

What makes the Azeredo Cosmetics lashes so great is that the synthetic fiber used to make the lashes, blends easily with your own lashes. The bands for the lashes come in either invisible or flexible cotton thread and they are super easy to apply! The lashes (when treated with care) can last up to 15-20 wears! The price of the lashes range from 7.99 to 9.99, or you can purchase the entire collection for $43.95 (5 pairs of lashes!) You can also purchase individual lashes, if that is what you prefer.

Want even more good news!?…

I have a PROMO CODE!

Say what?! A promo code? Yes, you read that right! I have a promo code so you can get yourself some pretty lashes and save yourself a little moola while you are at it!

My promo code is: YasminA10

You can use this code at checkout to save yourself 10% off your entire order!

https://www.azeredocosmetics.com

Seriously, you all need to check out Azeredo Cosmetics for yourself. The lashes are reasonably priced, phenomenal quality, shipping was super fast and your purchase will help make a difference in the fight against cancer!

Check out Azeredo Cosmetics and let me know what you think!

That’s Y!

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Y. Beauty by Ybeautyblogger - 3M ago

Hi my beauties!

If you remember in one of my older posts, I listed my Top 3 Beauty Gurus: Dacey Cash, Huda Beauty and Jaclyn Hill. I still love these ladies to death and watch their YouTube videos all the time, but there have been some channels on YouTube that I have subscribed to over the past year that I feel deserves some love.

YouTube is a great platform to learn just about anything! The YouTube beauty community is no exception. I have learned so much from the beauty influencers on YouTube over the years! One of the biggest things that I absolutely love about the beauty community on YouTube, is that they are so supportive of one another and often times will do collaboration videos and many are really great friends! I thought what better way to show appreciation for these beauty influencers then to share them all with you guys, so that you can fall in love with them too!

If you want learn about a new technique, are interested in trying a new product, or just generally love anything beauty-related (like me!), I highly recommend going on YouTube and watching these beauty influencers. Not only are they informative, they are SO entertaining!

Y. Beauty’s Current Fave Beauty Gurus Jenna Dewan Tatum(220,000 subscribers)

Yes, Mrs. Channing Tatum herself! Last year, Jenna Dewan Tatum launched her own YouTube channel and I am OBSESSED! I was so excited when I came across her channel! It almost feels like we are getting some serious intel and from the source herself. Jenna works with some of the most influential makeup artists, hair stylists and skincare experts. There is a fascination that many of us have when it comes to celebrities. You want to know every little thing they do from what products they use on their skin, what their favourite makeup products are, etc. With Jenna’s channel, you are getting all of that and more! She has videos ranging from her Everyday Makeup Look to Tarot Card Reading. Her videos are quick which can be both a positive and a negative! It’s a positive because they are not time-consuming, but a negative because I want more! Check out this video of Jenna’s At-Home Skincare Routine: At Home Skincare Routine -Jenna Dewan Tatum

Laura Lee(4.3 million subscribers)

When I first watched Laura Lee, I wasn’t instantly sold. It took me awhile to warm up to her, BUT now, I LOVE her! She is so funny and so authentically herself – you can’t help but love her. She is so entertaining to watch and she is unbelievably talented, she will make you come back again and again. Her Alabama accent just adds to her appeal. She is close friends with Manny MUA and often does video collaborations with him (which are my FAVE!) When Laura and Manny get together, it is beyond hysterical! They give me serious Jack and Karen vibes!

Laura Lee launched her channel in 2013 and already has over 4 million subscribers! She has collaborated with brands like MAC Cosmetics and Benefit Cosmetics. As of last year, Laura Lee debuted her own makeup brand, Laura Lee Los Angeles. You go girl! Check out this video of Laura Lee testing out new makeup products: First Impressions Makeup Tutorial – Laura Lee

Manny MUA(4.5 million subscribers)

I don’t even know where to begin with my love for Manny MUA. He is seriously so funny and I just want him to be my best friend! My favourite videos of his are where he tests out random makeup products because his reactions are priceless! He does swear, so if you find that offensive, you may not be so keen on watching him. I for one, love it! He just speaks freely and you know he isn’t putting on an act for the camera. In every video, he always welcomes new viewers and has one hell of a tagline, “If you don’t like this video or if you don’t like me, please don’t f*cking watch it, you know the drill with that!” Sounds aggressive, but he always says it with a little flare and frankly, I find it refreshing. There are so many internet trolls and people out there just trying to spread hate, why shouldn’t he tell all those Negative Nancy’s to just spread their hate elsewhere!? Manny launched his Youtube channel in 2014 and previously worked at Sephora and MAC. Since his channel launched, he has accomplished so much! In 2017, he became the first male brand ambassador for Maybelline and was on People’s “Most Beautiful” list. In 2018, Manny was named on Forbes’ list of “30 under 30” in the Arts and Style category.  You can definitely tell that this is only the beginning for Manny MUA and I cannot wait to see what else he accomplishes in the beauty community! Check out this recent video of Manny MUA testing out overhyped products: Testing New Overhyped Makeup – Manny MUA

I am seriously in love with these 3 right now! They post consistent content and are so much fun to watch! If you are looking for new content on YouTube, or are interested in learning about new products or tips and tricks, definitely check these 3 out!

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Y. Beauty by Ybeautyblogger - 3M ago

Hello my Beauties!

I am so sorry that I was M.I.A. last week! I was suffering from the flu for a good week and a half. And I mean the real flu, like straight-up influenza. It was the absolute worst! I haven’t been that sick since University (so approximately 9 years ago!) It definitely knocked me on my a**. I know that there are so many people that have suffered or are currently suffering from the same bug, as it’s spreading around like wildfire! Since I had a lot of downtime while on the mend, I had a lot of time thinking. Not just thinking, dreaming of a time when I was healthy and wishing I could feel like that again… You know it’s bad when!

To make things even better, my boyfriend, Jay, was just as sick as me. Our house was just pitiful.

I thought about what I should do to get my body back to being healthy again and placed a HUGE order with Well.ca while I was recuperating on the couch. I used to be much more proactive with my health. But of course, as time went on, I got lazy and my healthy routine was no more. Along those same lines, I also thought about how I wanted to make sure that my skincare routine was not neglected while I was sick. I’ve been very strict when it comes to my skincare, so I was afraid that being sick would make me lose focus and my skin would suffer as a consequence. I realized that not only did my body need some extra T.L.C., but my skin did as well.

This week, I am sharing with you all how to take care of your skin while you are fighting off the cold or flu.

SKINCARE TIPS WHILE YOU’RE SICK

  • Whenever anyone is sick, the number one recommendation is, “Make sure you are getting enough fluids!” This is true for your skin as well. Hydration is key when it comes to general skincare, no matter the time of the year or how healthy anyone is. While your body is fighting a bug, you will notice that your skin seems more dull as you are usually a more dehydrated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water as it will help flush out toxins from your body and help keep your skin looking plump and fresh – even if you are not feeling the same.
  • A long the same lines of staying hydrated, moisturization is key. You may find the need to switch your moisturizer while you are sick just so you can soothe dry, chapped skin. I also found that I was applying moisturizer more often to the skin around my nose and my hands as I was blowing my nose and washing my hands so much. Another option is to apply a face mask like the Fresh Black Tea Overnight Firming Face Mask (one of my absolute faves!) to help seal moisture in the skin.
  • Rest, rest and more rest! Try not to do anything too strenuous and really just give your body a break!
  • The biggest thing I had a hard time with while being sick was sticking to my skincare routine, but this is crucial! I was too tired or really not feeling well and didn’t want to do anything! However, I knew that I had to make sure that I was cleansing my skin twice a day and performing my normal skincare regimen as usual. You may notice that your skin is more sensitive while you are sick, so some of your stronger treatments (i.e. Retinol) may not be beneficial at this time. It may be best to wait until your better to begin using these products again. I found sticking to my routine while I was sick was tougher on some days when I was feeling really rough. BUT, I did notice that my skin didn’t look half as bad as it normally does when I get sick! Usually I feel like I look like a gremlin or something, but I swear my skin was still glowing! Also, if you continue with your regimen while you are sick as you normally do, it will help you pay attention to your skincare needs and see if your skin is in need of a lil somethin’, somethin’! Your skin’s needs can change from day to day so listen to your skin and feel free to add in any other lotions or potions you feel your skin may need.
  • Bring a humidifier into the bedroom! Your skin will thank you! Not only is your skin already suffering, but the air in the winter is so dry. A humidifier is a lifesaver for your skin during the cold weather months.
  • I find that my skin starts to break out in general when I am not nourishing my body properly. Being sick is a time to really ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need. So one of my biggest remedies while I was sick was drinking smoothies! There are a billion and one recipes for smoothies out there, but typically I like to have my smoothie have these key ingredients: a good protein powder, fruit, greens, and then added supplements (i.e. spurlina, maca powder, cacao, etc.). Since being sick can be hard on your stomach, I like to incorporate smoothies to ensure I am getting all my bases covered. It has everything you need and is technically a drink, so it helps with the hydration aspect as well. Win-win!
  • Soak in a nice hot tub! I LOVE baths so much and have at least 1-2 baths per week, if not more! Check out my Weekly Pampering Session post to read all about my bath ritual! While I was sick, I had so many baths. I would drop in some essential oils to help clear my sinuses and just soak all of the ickiness away!

Now that I am feeling SO much better, I have started to really focus on being healthier and making healthier choices. I purchased some supplements (many that I used to take before I got lazy) and am going to try and treat my body better than I did before. I know we all do it, we all get lazy and go through phases where we treat our bodies like crap. Well, after being so grossly sick, I am definitely paying more attention to my body and I am back on the healthy band-wagon. I will let you know if I notice any changes from taking these supplements!

Remember that what you put in your body will show on the outside. Skincare is not only about taking care of the epidermis and what’s on the outside, it begins on the inside (I feel like this is turning into some motivational quote, but I’m being dead serious!) You only get one body! Make sure you treat it right!

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Y. Beauty by Ybeautyblogger - 4M ago

Happy Monday my beauties!

I seem to always be on the hunt for a great concealer. I have favourites for sure, but I have never found one that actually does everything I want it to (full coverage, hydrating, not crease, longwear, etc.) Basically, I want my concealer to be so flawless, that it doesn’t look like I am wearing concealer – isn’t that the ultimate goal?!

Guys… I think I may have actually found it. The holy grail of holy grails. The concealer that just blew all other concealers off my vanity, never to be thought of again. I am talking about the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer. This has been my go to concealer for about 2 weeks and I can already tell that this will be a long love affair.

I have used it daily and where I used to have to mix concealers to get the coverage, colour and consistency that I wanted, I now only need to apply the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer and set it with some powder and I’m good to go!

So what makes it so special?

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer

What narscosmetics.com says:

“Natural look. High coverage. Concealing hits an all-time high with this lightweight, full coverage concealer. Get high-performance correction with soft-focus blurring: Soft Matte Complete Concealer instantly conceals dark circles, redness, discolouration, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and acne with a light-diffusing effect that blurs and smooths. Overtime, skin becomes softer and smoother from collagen-boosting peptides, hyaluronic acid, and a protective cocktail of Vitamins A, C, and E. Complete comfort. Completely natural-looking coverage.”

There are 16 shades to choose from and I have always felt that Nars has one of the best colour selections when it comes to concealers and foundations. Their shades accommodate a variety of undertones and skin tones. My perfect shade is Custard. Check out this handy pick detailing the colour range:

Francois Nars, the Founder and Creative Director of Nars said this about creating the Soft Matte Complete Concealer:

“I have always believed that less is more. I created this concealer so you could just dab it on with your finger, deliver the highest level of coverage with the least amount of product, and still look completely natural.”

Just like Mr. Nars himself said,  I apply this concealer everyday with just a little dab of my finger and then, *POOF*,  no more dark circles and I instantly look refreshed. This concealer is like magic! The concealer has a creamy consistency, yet it blends out seamlessly. Since this is a matte concealer, some believe that setting it with powder is not necessary. However, I find that I get dewy throughout the day so setting my concealer with powder is crucial! Honestly, I do not know how else to describe the utter perfection that is this concealer. This concealer just makes my skin look flawless yet still look like skin.

I advise you to be careful when applying this concealer as a little bit goes a long way. It is worth noting that this concealer is definitely buildable, so you can control the coverage you are looking for. Although this concealer is a bit on the pricey side ($37), the fact that you do not need a lot of product means a pot of this concealer will last you quite awhile.

If I haven’t sold you yet, just know that the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer is a winner of the Allure Best of Beauty 2017. ‘Nuff said.

Have you tried the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer? Let me know!

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Y. Beauty by Ybeautyblogger - 4M ago

Hello my beauties!

Another week has flown by and I am just getting back into the swing of things after a long weekend. This week, I have decided to share with you a recent order I made. I always seem to be testing out new skincare products. I am never 100% satisfied and that’s likely because, with the ever-changing weather conditions and hormones, my skincare needs are always changing.

I first heard about The Ordinary from Manny MUA last summer and was astounded by how inexpensive the products are. He mentioned that he was using a couple of the Retinol-based products and I just had to try them! I instantly fell in love. I had run out of those products though around November/December and decided to try something new. However, a couple of weeks ago, I did some research on some of The Ordinary’s other products and determined what to order based on what I think my skin needs.

The Goods

  • Retinol 1% in Squalane – This product is water-free and helps the fight against wrinkles and fine lines. As Retinol can make your skin even more sensitive to sunlight, this product is to be applied only in the PM. I introduced Retinol into my skincare regime over a year ago and haven’t looked back. It makes such a difference!

  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA – This product reduces the look of spots and hyper-pigmentation. It has a high concentration level and added hyaluronic acid. This product has really helped lighten some discolouration on my face and it seems that any breakout I have gotten is relatively small and is gone so much more quickly than before.

  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – This product is used to reduce the appearance of breakouts and skin congestion. The product also balances sebum activity and brighten skin tone. I mainly purchased it for that reason alone as I find my skin scars so easily and I have a lot of redness around my nose (this is common in women due to hormones). My skin appears to be clearer and the discolouration around my face has significantly reduced!

  • Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – This is gold in a bottle! It reduces the look of puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. As I have mentioned before, I have perma-dark circles thanks to my Father’s genes and always feel the need to load on concealer to hide my dark circles. I have honestly noticed a HUGE difference with this product!

  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – You can read all about the benefits of Rose Hip Seed Oil here.

Although you should always give your skin at least 3 months before determining whether a skincare product works for you, I can already tell after a couple of weeks how much I am in love with my new skincare regime. I honestly do not feel the need to apply as much makeup as I normally do. Now, I do try to do a face mask at least once a week and exfoliate once a week. My skin is VERY sensitive, so if I do too much, it will freak out! I basically just inspect my face in the evening as I am washing off my makeup to determine what my skin is trying to tell me it needs and go from there.

Now, the best part. I mean if I haven’t sold you already on these products yet, I am about to drop the biggest bomb on you. All of these products cost me a total of $43. FORTY THREE DOLLARS!! If you go to Sephora’s website and type in “Retinol” in the search bar, you will get a long list of items all ranging from $65-$200! I got 5 products for less than that. The Ordinary’s prices seriously cannot be beat and the quality of the products are comparable to those that you would spend nearly 10x the amount on.

I know, you are all running over to The Ordinary’s website as we speak…

Have you tried products from The Ordinary? Let me know what you think!

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Y. Beauty by Ybeautyblogger - 4M ago

Love is in the air my beauties!

This week, I am sharing with you a Valentine’s Day-inspired makeup look. I wanted the look to be something simple yet sexy! Of course, I absolutely LOVE a dramatic makeup look, but when I was thinking about Valentine’s Day, I wanted something that wasn’t too complicated, would be perfect for a date night and be a look that can go from day to night.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, this look is perfect for anyone wanting to bring out their sultry-side without looking like they spent hours on it. Here’s my Valentine’s Day-inspired makeup look:

How to achieve the look:

  1. Always start off by priming your face. You can use whichever primer is your favourite! I like to use the Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray to prime my face.
  2. As I didn’t want my makeup to be too heavy, I skipped the foundation and went straight to concealer. I do not wear foundation often. I prefer to just use concealer to help colour correct under my eyes, around my nose and wherever else it may be needed. I mixed both Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in ‘Fair’ and e.l.f. concealer in ‘Light’ to get the perfect concealer shade for my skintone.
  3. Then, set the concealer with powder. My go-to is the RCMA Makeup No-Color Setting Powder.
  4. I then went in with Hoola Bronzer by Benefit to bronze my skin.
  5. Next, I applied the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in ‘Paaarty’ to the apples of my cheeks.
  6. For my eyes, I used the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in ‘Perversion’ and dotted it along my lid. I then just used my finger to smudge it out. I then applied the pencil liner to my upper and lower lash line and tight-lined my upper lash line. Then I took my e.l.f. smudge brush and picked up some black eyeshadow (any black eyeshadow will do) and smudged out the liner on my upper and lower lash line. I didn’t want any harsh lines as I wanted to have a really smokey look.
  7. I then applied the Stila eyeshadow in ‘Kitten’ to the inner corners of my eyes.
  8. For my lashes, as always, I like to apply two mascaras. For this look, I used two L’Oreal mascaras – Lash Paradise and Voluminous.
  9. I then filled out my brows as I always do using the Oh So Pretty Cosmetics Brow Palette.
  10. For lips, I applied Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips Lipstick in ‘Kim K.’ and topped it with BareMinerals  GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipgloss in ‘Groovy’.
  11. To finish the look, I sprayed my face with the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist.

And voila:

I am so in love with this look! I find it to be so sultry but not too over the top. It is absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day!

I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s Day and celebrate love with those near and dear!

That’s Y!

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Hello my beauties! Can you believe it is already February? I know it is said often, but time truly does fly by!

This week I am sharing a somewhat unique drugstore find. I came across this find while perusing a Facebook group where someone mentioned that they used Head and Shoulders for clearing up bacne (short term for “back acne”.) You may have the same reaction that I did which was – Huh?!

So of course, I did what I always do – some beauty research and experimentation.

With that said, I should let you all know that I do not find that I have bad bacne. I find that I do get breakouts from time to time on my back mainly because of the fact that I condition my hair everyday and use hair products. I try my best to prevent breakouts and have a routine to keep bacne at bay. This is my process for when I am in the shower:

  1. Condition and finger comb my hair and then clip it up so it isn’t hanging on my back;
  2. Wash my face and body;
  3. Rinse conditioner out of my hair; and,
  4. Wash my back for a second time to clean off and conditioner residue.

My hair is long and I prefer to air dry it so when it is wet and coated with product, my coated, wet hair is sitting on my back. So breakouts do happen occasionally. I bought some Head and Shoulders and decided to test drive it out for a few months. I didn’t wash my entire body with it, I would only use it for my second cleaning of my back after rinsing the conditioner out of my hair.

NOTE: Do not use the 2-in-1 Head and Shoulders, it will not work! It has to be the Classic Clean Shampoo.

I have to say, after trying it out, Head and Shoulders really does work to clear up and prevent bacne. My back has been quite clear and I plan on continuing to use it.

So, the question remains…

Why Head and Shoulders?

The active ingredient in Head and Shoulders is Pyrithione Zinc, which has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It sloughs away dead skin cells. This ingredient is said to work for seborrheic dermatitis, acne vulgaris and pityrosporum folliculitis (an acne-like inflammation).

I have read that people have used Head and Shoulders on their face for breakouts. I decided to try it a couple of times on my face, but it was overly drying and felt pretty harsh on the skin. You must remember that the skin on your face is not as thick as the skin on your back. Although I read some success stories from people who suffered from cystic acne that used Head and Shoulders, it may be best to just stick with Head and Shoulders for treating and preventing bacne if you have sensitive skin and/or don’t often get bad breakouts on your face.

Now you can perfect the “sultry, look over the shoulder” pose just like Dakota Johnson:

Have you tried Head and Shoulders for treating bacne? Let me know!

That’s Y!

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