Self-Care {?}

Self-care.  It’s a term I’m hearing more and more lately, begging the obvious question “what does self-care mean to me?”.  Admittedly, I struggled to figure out my answer to what is inherently a uniquely defined word according to whom you’ve asked the question.   I’m not good at relaxing or de-stressing, ask anyone who knows me.  But the older I get, the more I realize just how important it is to find precisely what defines self-care for you.

Here are just a few things I do to take care of myself:

  • Exercise!  This is key.  I spend so much of my day sitting and often wonder the impact this is going to have on me later in life.  I hope that I can undo some of that damage with almost daily workouts.  Just 45 minutes a day helps me physically and mentally.  If I can’t hit the gym, I try to get in a long walk
  • Hydrate!  I drink water all day long.  In fact, lemon water is my fave and it’s got some great health benefits.  Plus, drinking more water will help you avoid unnecessary snacking {for me = chips} and keep your skin looking great
  • Baths!  I bathe every day, don’t think this isn’t a must for me, however I rarely get the opportunity to soak in a relaxing bath.  I find when I do, whether I spend it reading or catching up on trashy tv, it makes a difference.  I try to do it at night before bed for a relaxing sleep
  • Masks!  A face mask can solve {nearly} all of life’s problems, sheet masks in particular if you ask me.  It’s such an easy, mess-free pick me up that makes a difference for me every time. I have tagged my fave below.
  • Laughing!  Watch a tv show or a movie you love and get laughing.  It really is the best medicine

 

What do you do to take care of yourself?  I’m always looking for tips!

 

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Sephora Spring VIB Sale Picks

Hi my lovelies.  It’s that time again: Sephora Spring Sale!  I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t post my picks for this year.  This time, I’ve narrowed down my top 5.  THE BEST of what I’d recommend.

 

I’ll confess that my order was small this time around; I have lots of what I need {hahah oh no, that’s kind of untrue but keeps me from unnecessary spending!}.

 

Here’s what I’d pick up if I were you:

 

  • Too Faced Sex on the Peach Complexion Set – you get some seriously great products in this set and most are FULL SIZED! The Sweet Peach powder is a must have in my opinion as is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and you get both here, plus some awesome additions for only $55.

 

  • YSL eyeliner – Waterproof and High Impact, this doesn’t BUDGE. Great for special occasions and even something I wear daily

 

  • Any Bite lipstick is a great purchase – my personal fave is in Meringue, but all of them wear beautifully and are food grade, so you’re not adding unnecessary chemicals to your daily routine

 

  • Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer – this is a universally flattering product, and even comes in a light shade if your skin is of a paler undertone. You can use this to contour or for a regular every day glow.  Sometimes, I even use this to create a crease for a quick eye look.  What’s not to love about a multi-use product?

 

  • Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara – if you’re against drugstore mascaras {I love the Maybelline Total Temptation in the waterproof formula specifically}, then this is the one for you. The price-point is high, though not as high as I’ve seen, and the product really does deliver.  I’ve used other high end mascaras that just aren’t worth their weight in price, but this one? It’s a black, buildable formula with a small brush that really coats every lash.  It doesn’t transfer to the face if you use it on bottom lashes, and certainly worth a try if you’re looking for something to change up your look.

 

 

The sale is ongoing for Rouge members until May 6 – use the code HEYROUGE to save 20%.  For VIBs and Insiders, the sale goes from May 2-6, and you can use the codes HEYVIB and HEYINSIDER for 15% off.

 

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Dry Skin Savers

It’s that time of year here in Toronto – a time most Canadians know all too well – where your biggest winter jacket just isn’t always warm enough, your pants have slush stains on them and your skin is dry and cracking in places we ought not to mention.   That’s why today I’m sharing a few of my faves to save your skin this winter.

 

The foundation to any long lasting and flawless makeup application is skin.  I can’t stress this enough: SKIN, SKIN, SKIN!  There’s no primer or foundation that can mimic the natural glow of healthy, moisture-rich skin.   Can you tell I’m a big believer in skin care?  Not only is it a must for my clients, but I recommend that everyone have a skin care regime designed for their specific skin type and prevent aging long before it happens.  You can’t stop aging but you can prevent the toll it takes on your appearance!

Here’s what I recommend you use on your skin to keep it plump and moisturized:

 

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic creams:

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the rumour is that Charlotte made these up in her own kitchen and long before they  were commercially bottled and sold, Charlotte used them on her clients.  I like the night cream best, if I’m honest.  It is just so rich and it does all the repair work while I sleep.  This is an essential key that lots of people miss; applying a rich nighttime mask or cream like this one  or even this one can make a world of difference.

 

Keep skin hydrated during the day either with Charlotte’s cream above, or I like Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense and Farmacy’s Honey Drop.  Both can be purchased at Sephora and I’ve used and loved them both. I like to alternate them or even blend them together on a particularly dry day!

For lips, which seem to never be moisturized enough for me, really41edq2qpsml._sy355_ – I have one go to that you can’t beat: Carmex.  It comes in a tube or a pot, and you can grab it for under $5 at your local drugstore.  I swear by it all year round, but especially in the winter.

 

Don’t neglect those under-eyes either – they can look particularly parched and sunken {though you’re well fed, well slept, and just stuck in a Canadian winter!} when the air is as crisp and cool as it is now.  I always use eye patches on my clients while prepping their look, but also like to use them on myself from time to time as an added luxury with a mask or just pop them on while I’m watching tv.  I find that the Peter Thomas Roth ones work best and leave my under-eyes smooth.

What tips do you have for skin survival this winter?

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Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist: 2017 Edition

It’s almost that time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, Beauty Junkies, nor am I talking about the entire month of November which just happens to be the birth month of yours truly.  Like I have done for the past um…forever…I’m talking about what I wait for ALL YEAR LONG: the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale. I formulate my list all year long.  I have my cart ready to go, and a note in the notes app on my phone where I compile things all year ’round.  I thought I’d share it all with you in case you needed some inspiration or, like me, you’re just nosey and want to see what other people will be picking up.

 

This year, I did something a bit different, and have listed my top 10 12, must have, holy grail products.

 

  • CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – I’ve heard MakeupByTiffanyD rave about this and I’ve had a sample that I really loved.  I’m a die hard Origins Vitazing girl, but just might branch out a little
  • UD All Nighter Setting Spray – an old faithful.  I have to pick it up when it’s on sale knowing I go through 2 or 3 of these a year
  • Perricone MD  No Highlighter Highlighter – another Tiffany D recco!  This is a combo highlighter/skin product, so how could I not love this?
  • BEAUTYBLENDER  Gold Mine – this is a steal for 2 BeautyBlenders and a Blotterozzi.  I know I think might be a gimmick, but it this might also be the perfect time to give the Blotterozzi a try.
  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream with SPF 50+ – I use the the regular CC cream and find myself putting a cream highlighter into it for the occasional bump of shimmer now that the seasons have changed and my tan is gone {full disclosure}.  I’d wonder if this would give the same finish to my skin as I so dearly love with the CC cream
  • CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops set – I have to have these.  I just can’t rationalize the full size bottle of this highlighter, and I truly love the way it gives the perfect pop on a variety of skin tones, the versatility of the cream, and the way it blends so smoothly on skin.  I’m afraid if I buy the full size that it’ll go bad before I’m halfway thru.  Here’s the perfect way to have a few bottles without the guilt
  • L’Occitane 4-piece Hand Cream Delights – winter = rough hands and skin for most of us.  This is my ride or die hand cream all year round, and also makes a great gift
  • Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume – this is a new discovery for me and I like the under notes of all JM fragrances.  Wood Sage doesn’t give me any sort of a headache, and can we get more luxe with the packaging?
  • BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick – I have one of these already and quite like it, but the colour pulls a little too nude for my taste {Whip, if you’re wondering}.  So I think I’m going to pick this up in Eclair.
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brownout – I’ve had a couple of these liners before and just love them.  They don’t transfer at all and stay put beautifully – all day – in the waterline.  I’d like to pick up another one, specifically in this shade
  • IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette – I’ve waited sosososo long for IT to come to Canada and have heard about this palette for years.  I think it’s so incredibly versatile and gives hundreds of different options.  What’s not to love?
  • YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick – I have a few of these, and the shade range, creamy texture and long wear time just can’t be beat.  Only BITE so far has provided a slightly longer wear time, but tend to have only matte shades.  Plus, this one smells just divine.
  • SHU UEMURA lash curler – I swear by this for eye shapes of all kinds and it’s about time I pick up a new one
  • Hermes Twilly perfume – While walking thru Saks the other day, I decided to stop and grab a sample after I’d heard Makeup by Tiffany D talk about this.  I’m skeptical about scent reccos from other people just because I’m prone to headaches.  This one has turned out to be a win for sure.  I’ve been in the market for a new perfume and I think this {and the Wood Sage & Sea Salt, of course} will be my new fall scent!

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I’m Back!! And a Mini Review

Guys!  I’m back!  A blog post is long overdue, I know.  There’s nothing worse than a website with a scarcely updated blog page and somehow, my website became the very thing I didn’t want it to be.  Alas, it was a hella busy summer – we got a puppy, cottaged, and generally relaxed – and so I decided to take a break.  For those of you that have stuck around, thank you!  And for those that have popped in as new readers, I plan to blog lots more over the next year and I’m excited for what’s coming up on LnL!

 

Anyway, on to the review…

 

You guys know I’m a fan of Becca highlighters {who isn’t?!}.  They’re pigmented, blend like a dream, come in a number of different shades and can be layered or worn on their own.  What’s not to love? When I saw the new Lightchaser highlighters, I was intrigued to say the least.

 

According to the Sephora website, the Light Chaser Highlighter’s transformative formula is the perfect marriage of kaleidoscopic color and light. Each shade is infused with kaleidoscopic pearls that chase the light for an otherworldly glow that makes your favorite features beam bright. This unique highlighter shifts shades as you move, delivering hypnotizing color luminosity with a metamorphic finish.

 

Ok, that’s great.  But how do you use it?  I went in to Sephora to see if I was missing something.  Why is this highlighter only $5 cheaper than the regular Becca highlighters, but in a much smaller package?  Perhaps I was using it incorrectly and it was to be far more concentrated and pigmented on the skin.  I asked an expert to see: it’s to top highlighters and make them shine.  Ok, well isn’t that the point of a highlighter?  So you’re telling me that Becca has created a highlighter to highlight a highlighter?  Yup.  And I bought it like a sucker.

 

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{photo via Really Ree}

The product itself isn’t terrible.  I’ll give it that.  It’s actually great on eyes to give a kaleidoscopic shine overtop of a cream shadow, and makes a great corner highlight.  On its own, it gives a nice sheen on the skin at the high points of the face, but I like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors far better and you get tons more product for your money.

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Skip this.  I wouldn’t waste your money.  It’s no different highlighter than any other, in fact, I prefer my $9 Wet n Wild highlighter far more.  If you want to give away $41, you can find it on Sephora’s website here.

 

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Sephora VIB Spring Sale Wishlist

Spring.  It brings so many happy things after a long Canadian winter: warmer weather, pedicures, green grass and bright sunshine to name a few, but most importantly, the Sephora VIB Spring Sale.  It’s been confirmed, April 18-24th brings about 15% off for all VIB members {Rouge gets a head start April 18th, at least I get something for my over-spending..}, via the code ROUGESPRING {VIBSPRING – for regular VIB members/borderline over spenders, BISPRING – for Beauty Insiders/reasonable spenders}.  The code can be used multiple times throughout the sale.

I’ve put together a wishlist of a few things I’ve been lusting after.  I’m trying to curb spending on makeup as much as possible, but like any good beauty junkie, I’m not doing very well.  I can’t guarantee I’ll buy all of this.  Granted, it’s not a hefty list and won’t break the bank, so I’m not really 100% decided {bonus points for any rationalization of beauty product purchases…comment below if y’all are in the club with me}.  I thought you’d all like a sneak peak at just what I’m thinking I’ll buy April 18th.

 

Benefit’s Goof Proof Pencil – I’ve seen a number of people rave about this product and I’m willing to be a convert from the Anastasia camp.  I can rationalize giving this a try with a little discount, no?  I think I’ll be in the shade Medium.

 

tarte Fake Awake eyeliner – Tiffany D from Makeup By Tiffany D raved about this product; I have been a loyal viewer for years, and trust her opinions.  I often line my waterline with a darker liner appreciating the look it gives of fuller bottom lashes and with the right tone can really make my greenish/brown eyes pop.  I’m interested to see if the opposite will open my eyes and give a different sort of a pop to my overall look.

 

NARS Madly blush – This looks like it might be a bit light for my skintone, but I’ll give it a try.  I’ve seen a few YouTubers give it a rave review, so I’m willing to order it knowing I can return to Sephora if it doesn’t work {I try not to do this, generally, since they can’t re-sell used product}. Have any of you used this on a more olive skintone?

 

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter – This isn’t a product I’ve heard any particular buzz about, but rather, I’m on the hunt for a rose gold highlighter and this one just found it’s way into my cart like it was meant to be!  I did a quick web search and can’t really find any reviews.  I’ll give this a sort of a ‘blind’ shot, though, because Too Faced generally always hits

 

Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette – My current collection really lacks any Anastasia products beyond her collection-staple Brow Whiz and Dipbrow Pomade really.  I heard nothing but rave reviews about the Anastasia x Mario palette, but missed the boat on that one {still hitting myself for not purchasing} so this comes in a close second from what I’ve read.  It has some seriously beautiful shades that I’d use daily – namely the golds and browns – and I’ve been meaning to add a pop of pink for spring to my look so this palette fits that bill just right too.  I also like the mix of shimmer and matte.  I have a really good feeling about this one!

 

There you have it.  This makeup junkie is ready – well ahead of time – to pull the trigger on some much needed new beauty bits.

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Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

It’s almost that time of year again!  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, Beauty Junkies, nor am I talking about the entire month of November which just happens to be the birth month of yours truly.

I’m talking about what I wait for ALL YEAR LONG: the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale.  It’s the one time of the year I can save a significant amount on products I love and those that I’ve equally lusted over all year long but just haven’t pulled the trigger for one reason or another.  In true beauty junkie form, I’ve had my list ready for a few weeks now.  I thought I’d share it all with you in case you needed some inspiration or, like me, you’re just nosey and want to see what other people will be picking up.

I’ve divided this into two sections – must haves and might haves {a sort of ‘needs’ and ‘wants’, if you will} – in a feeble attempt to limit my spending to just what I should pick up because I know I’ll use it as a backup once I’m done a current fave.  Without further ado, here goes:

 

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  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue*
  • UD All Nighter Setting Spray – an old faithful.  I have to pick it up when it’s on sale knowing I go through 2 or 3 of these a year
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo in Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse – you guys know I’m a true fan of Champagne Pop, so I want to give Prosecco Pop a go and why not do it with a blush combo?
  • Marc Jacobs Primrose lip liner – this is a staple for me.  It blends flawlessly with almost any lippie I own and I don’t ever want to run out of it
  • Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever/Hot Stuff – besides having crazy cool names, this looks like a perfect plum pink shade I’d like to have in my collection, perfect for the fall!
  • Mugler Angel perfume refill – I wear this daily and it’s my signature scent.  I’m about due for a refill, so this should last me all year
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dipbrow Pomade – I wear each of these, mostly the pomade, and need want backups.  I’ve yet to find a perfect dupe and so I’ll keep purchasing this one; it’s not crazy expensive and a little bit goes a long way

 

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  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Chase – this comes highly recommended from Allie Sevdalis.  We have similar skin tones and makeup tastes, so I’d like to pick this up if I can
  • Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder in #01 – this comes highly recommended from both TiffanyD and LisaSz09, both on YouTube.  If I’m so inclined, I might give this one a try and see how it compares to my beloved Champagne Pop!
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Brownout – I’ve had a couple of these liners before and just love them.  They don’t transfer at all and stay put beautifully – all day – in the waterline.  I’d like to pick up another one, specifically in this shade
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal light – I have the palette of last Christmas and this one isn’t included, yet I’ve seen it as one of the best reviewed and most accurately translated to a number of different skin tones.  I would like to add this one since I love the finish of these so much.  This particular product just might get switched to the ‘Must Have’ list…
  • s1845668-main-lheroHourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light – again, a highly recommended Hourglass product.  And can we just take a moment for this packaging, PLEASE?  It’s just gorgeous.  {side note: I’m developing an un-healthy obsession with marble.  More on that later} This provides a blush {which I know I love} and a fairly large Hourglass bronzer {yet to try those}, alongside more of the beautiful Ambient Lighting finishing powder and a strobing powder {again, yet to try this one}.  The price-tag, however, is the only thing stopping me.  Maybe, just maybe I’ll get some $$ for my birthday and take the plunge

 

That’s it for me…well…so far at least.  I’ve got my cart ready to go.  What are you planning to pick up?  If you’ve got any reviews on anything above, too, please share in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Bite Beauty Lipstick | Urban Decay Eyeshadow and Setting Spray  |  BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Duo  |  Marc Jacobs Lipliner, Highliner, and Blush |  MUGLER Perfume in Angel  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz and Dipbrow  |  Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder | Hourglass Lighting Powder and Palette