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Best of 2013

6 Jan

Instead of welcoming in 2014, I decided to take a look back at 2013 since I haven’t been blogging as much as I should. 2013 was actually more memorable than I thought, filled with fun memories, travel, music, writing and completing a goal of mine. Yes, I am looking forward to the year ahead, but like every year there are ups and downs and don’t want to get overly poetic and flowery about what the year will have in store for me.  Since this blog was initially intended to merge my love of beauty products and writing, here are a few of my new favourite discoveries of 2013. I will give product reviews of each in the next few weeks, but here is the condensed list:

1. Lime Crime opaque lipstick in Babette

2. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

3. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar

4. Lush Buffy Body Butter

5. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

6. MAC Lipstick in Media

7. Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara

8. Real Techniques Makeup Brushes

9. I.C.O.N Antidote antioxidant replenishing cream for hair

10. Aveda Enbrightenment brightening facial cleanser

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Skin Deep

17 Nov

Not only do I dislike cold weather because of the way I feel but also because of the way I look. If you live in a climate like I do and are starting to feel winter is coming fast, then you may have also noticed some changes in your skin and hair. I am definitely one of those people who gets dry in the colder months. I actually just went for a facial last week but as we all know, sometimes it is difficult to have the time or money to treat ourselves. Here are a few of my favourite skin care products to get you through the cold months when there is less Vitamin D, and when our skin can look dry, dull, blotchy or sallow.

Garnier  Moisture Rescue Fresh Foaming Cleanser. It contains grape water extract to help protect the skin from external aggressors, and apple water to help maintain skin’s moisture barrier. I really like this cleanser because my skin does not feel tight or dry after using this, just feels cleansed and refreshed. 

B.Kamins Diatomamus Earth Masque  which comes in dry to normal, or oily to combination skin types. It actually does what it claims to do. It brightens and tightens my skin. Formulated with essential nutrients, soothing herbal extracts and diatomaceous earth rich in natural minerals including magnesium, iron, calcium and sodium to help rejuvenate dull skin. Rich in water-binding ingredients that soothe and rehydrate skin to provide a more uniform, brighter and firmer complexion.

St Ives Apricot Scrub. I have used this for years and have not found a facial exfoliant I like better. I think I like that you can really feel the grains so I feel like I’m getting a really good exfoliation. They do have variations on the apricot scrub depending on your skin type. Apricots contain powerful antioxidants and the scrub also has corn kennel meal and walnut (all of which help aid in exfoliation). When I was looking at the St Ives website I noticed a few products that I am interested in trying too such as the Moisturizing Olive Scrub, the Warming Scrub and Daily Microdermabrasion (all of which help reveal brighter skin . . . well we hope).

Estee Lauder Ideal Light Brush-on Illimuninator. I like this for under my eyes but it can also be used as a highlighter. It hides any dark circles and brightens the area.  

I’m also loving the Nars bronzer in Laguna that I recently purchased for some colour and I love love love MAC‘s Mineralize Skin Finish for some highlighting and adding brightness to the face. The mineralized blush is also a great choice because it has a pearlized finish.

-AP

Beauty on a Budget

17 Sep

As a girl on a budget I know how hard it is to try to buy within my means. I still want to look good and buy decent products at affordable prices. Here are some tips for being a beauty on a budget.

DUTY FREE: Yes you read that correctly, Duty Free shopping isn’t just for cheap liquor and cigarettes. I do have the luxury of living in a border town and do lots of cross border shopping in the US and almost always stop at the Duty Free. They have perfume, skin care and makeup at a fraction of the cost of department stores charge and you also save on paying the taxes (and we all know how much our taxes are in Canada). Also, look out for travel packages of some of your favourite products that you cannot find in department stores.Some of my favourite duty free purchases have been Dior, Smashbox, Lancome,Clarins, and Calvin Klein just to name a few.  Most people think that you cannot shop at Duty Free but you can as long as you are leaving the country (it is for export only). Here is a link to duty free allowances when crossing the border.


BONUS TIME/ GIFT WITH PURCHASE: Clinique, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden and many other companies offer amazing bonuses or gift with purchase. You usually have to spend a certain amount to receive the gift but for that amount, in turn, you get so much more. Eyeshadows, lipstick, eye makeup remover, samples of moisturizer and eye creams are just a few examples of items included in bonuses. This is a great way to try some of their other products. Look out for when the stores have these events; most competing department stores will run the promotions at different times so if you can wait for this, it is a great time to do your shopping.

OUTLETS: Some outlet malls have cosmetic stores which carry leftover bonuses, discontinued colours, and overstock at huge savings to the consumers. They are worth checking out with brands like Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives and MAC.

SALES: Last but certainly not least, look out for items on sale. Most department stores do not mark down fragrance and cosmetics but stores like Shoppers Drug MartPharma Plus, Zellers, Target and Wal-Mart do. It’s always great to check out their flyers or if you happen to be in one of those stores wander over to the cosmetics aisle. You may be willing to try something new because it is on sale.

Happy Shopping! It is Friday  . . .

-AP

Eye Spy

15 Sep

I always say that for my 40th (or maybe 50th) birthday, I’m going to treat myself to some botox to diminish the look of crows feet around my eyes. I may actually need to start sooner but the thought of needles around my eyes kind of terrifies me.  To try and prevent a procedure like this, I started using eye cream.

YOWZERS!

If you haven’t used an eye cream before, good ones to try are targeted for dark circles, puffiness and hydration. Most will say that they are light, give hydration, reduce puffiness and lighten dark circles. A few good ones worth a try are Clinique All About Eyes Rich (for dry skin) or Gel (for oily skin). Clinique has expanded the All About Eyes line and has come out with All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage Roller. Estee Lauder has the Hydra Complete eye cream or the Idealist Eye Serum.

There are also creams and serums for preventative measures or the first signs of aging (which is about where I am). They are generally targeted as an anti-aging product.  These eye creams or serums are usually richer in texture and they claim to renew, firm and brighten the skin around the eyes. Right now I love Christian Dior R60/80 First Wrinkles Smoothing Eye Cream. My skin feels hydrated and I actually don’t see too many lines around my eyes. The skin around my eyes has definitely improved. Another one I like is the Murad Essential C Eye Cream which was very soothing and goes on very smooth.

There are so many choices now that it is very hard to pick just one. I will admit that I have had the opportunity to try a few different eye creams. They are generally more expensive than regular face cream so if it is not in your budget I do recommend hydrating the skin around your eyes. You can use your regular moisturizer (making sure you apply gently around the eye area), a vitamin E capsule, or for dark circles vitamin K. Drug stores also carry some great lines and products. If there is a moisturizer that you are currently using and like it, you might also like their eye products.

Some people will disagree that an eye cream is not necessary but I do notice a difference just from keeping that area hydrated. Then again I could always try not to laugh, smile, frown, or squint to save some $$$$$$.

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