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Spring 2017 Skincare Routine


With the change in seasons, your skin in turn needs to adjust to to the new environment and elements. For example, in the winter the air is drier, there's less moisture in the air with the added cold temperatures means that the moisture will be sucked out of your face even faster - for me, in the winter time I tend to gravitate more towards cream and oil cleansers, or thicker night moisturizers.

For those who know me, will know that I take skin-care quite seriously. Ever since I was young or even in my early teens, my mom and grandmother would tell me the importance of taking care of your skin. You only have one chance to treat it well - you can't turn back the hands of time, or wish for something else. You have to take care of what is given to you - it's hard to reverse the effects of damage once it comes. Anyways - while I do chalk a big portion of this to genetics, still it doesn't negate the fact that you need to take care of your skin.  

To learn more about my Day and Night time routine, just keep on reading below....

NOTE: For categories that contain two items each, I have offered two options that are half the price of one another,  so depending on your budget it can help you determine which one to purchase :)

DAY TIME ROUTINE 


In the mornings, I prefer a lighter skincare regiment as I typically apply make-up afterwards I do not want to feel like there's a ton of product on my face. I prefer items that are fast absorbing and hydrating. 

The Dior Cleanser is light and refreshing, it keeps my skin hydrated and doesn't strip it. I spritz the Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic after drying my skin to instantly close the pores, add extra hydration and prep it for serum. The Clarins serum is a Bi-Phase one, it contains a light oil component to it that is VERY lightweight - it really moisturizes my skin and the oil instantly disappears into my skin. To add more moisture, I follow-up with a face cream. Which one I use is dependent on my skin that day - if after the serum and it is still feeling thirsty and like everything I had applied prior is gone, then I go for a thicker one like the Nip + Fab Needle Fix which smells of a light citrus scent to really wake you up. If after the serum and my skin is looking plump and well, then I just go for a light-weight one like the Biotherm Life Plankton. Simultaneously I apply the Nip + Fab Eye Cream so that it can plump up the under-eye and it prevents my concealer from settling in fine lines or creasing. If I don't put on eyecream, I find that the concealer really gets patchy and cakey and does not apply smoothly. On days that I just use a powder foundation or no foundation at all, I apply the MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28. It absorbs quickly and dries down matte. It's really great. I typically uses a tinted moisturizer on most days that has a SPF of 50 so on those days I do not need to use the sunblock.

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NIGHT TIME ROUTINE


Night Time is when I really pack on the moisture - everything I use is richer, more emollient and generally just richer in texture and consistency. The reason for this is because at night I am literally doing nothing but resting with no make-up on, so I can just let all the precious skincare sink into my skin and work its magic. 

I typically take my make-up off with a make-up remover or micellar water, however the Dior Life Oil to Milk Makeup Remover takes off my entire day's make-up without having to go the extra step of the micellar water. The oil really breaks down the eyeliner and make-up and also it does not feel greasy afterwards. I am a huge fan of the Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads - the pads are textured and work as a liquid exfoliator to even out my skintone, help with uneven texture and to brighten the skin. Next is an oil - at night I go with oils vs. serums - The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is light and adds a radiance to the skin - it is luxurious and makes you feel like it when you're applying it. The texture is like water! As a cheaper alternative, as the Estee is $100 approx, there is the Poetic Blend - Hero Oil. I discovered this brand at the One of a Kind Show and is a Canadian business - the scent of this oil is very relaxing, very therapeutic and helps you when you're trying to fall asleep. The oil is alot thicker in viscosity compared to the Estee one so if you do not like the feeling of any sort of weight on the face, I'd suggest the Estee. I mean the Poetic Blend doesn't feel that heavy, I personally don't mind it at all b/c I'm sleeping when this is on me. 

For the eyes, because I'm already using items that are richer, I use a lighter product on the eyes to prevent any melia from occuring - if I use anything too oily or rich under the eyes, like the Bobbi Brown eye cream, I get melia. Anyways, the Hylamide SubQ is watery and light weight and works to counter dark circles, wrinkles and de-puffs.  This is the cheaper alternative to the Clarins Multi-Active Eye. This product has an applicator that has a metal tip that works to cool the eye on application of the product - just be mindful when you're capping the product as if you cap it on the wrong end, you may end up squirting more product into the lid. 

For the moisturizer, my favorite is the Eve Lom Moisture Mask - it smells glorious like a blend of essential oils and it's almost like applying soft butter to the face. It melts onto my skin and leaves behind a very light layer that works its magic through the night to repair and hydrate. I wake up with plump and revitalized skin that looks fresh. The more budget friendly alternative is the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream - equally hydrating, but absorbs alot faster than the Moisture Mask. This is a really good hydrating moisturizer and you wake up looking plump and refreshed - but if you like a thicker mask feel, then I would opt for the other. 

Lastly, if my lips are feeling quite dry, I like to apply a lip mask like the Laneige one that smells like a berry cocktail. It works overnight to soothe any cracks to the lips or roughness and gets rid of any peeling. 

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I know that this seems like a very intense and long-winded regiment, but honestly it takes less than 5 minutes to apply everything. I often get compliments on my skin or that I don't look my age, and again while I do have to agree that most of it is genetics, it also is what you use to take care of your skin. Just because you are genetically predisposition-ed to have nice skin, doesn't mean that you can treat it like crap and expect it to work in your favor. Like everything in life, you need to spend time nurturing it. 

What are some of your favorite items to use in your daily skincare routine? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above out? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time, XO - M. 

April 2017 Favorites


It's April and Spring is officially here. That means a change in make-up that is light and fresh with glowing skin and a flush to the cheeks. I have been using the following 10 items (yes I have made it a mission to only select 10 items for my monthly favorites now) almost everyday and if you want to know why, just click the link below to find out :)

1. Charlotte Tilbury - Instant Look In a Palette *
2. Burberry - Nude Pink 101*
3. Real Techniques - Eye Shade & Blend*
4. Fiona Stiles - Brow Sculpting Wax
6. YSL - Babydoll Kiss and Blush Duo Stick* - Purple/Pink
9. Hard Candy - Translucent Loose Powder*
10. Avon - Eyelash Curler*

KMS - ADDVOLUME Hair care collection review*


My hair journey for thicker and fuller hair has been a pretty big journey of ups and downs... mostly downs. As a beauty blogger, I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to review various products from different companies on occasion, and every time I get the chance to try out anything with the name VOLUME or HAIR GROWTH, I say SIGN ME UP NOW! 

This time, I was kindly sent a few items from the ADDVOLUME collection from KMS to try.
1) ADDVOLUME - Shampoo
2) ADDVOLUME - Root and Body Lift
3) ADDVOLUME - Leave-In Conditioner
4) ADDVOLUME - Liquid Dust  

to read more about my thoughts on each item, just click on the link below...

Teeez Cosmetics Look, Review & Swatch - Cool Cerise, Flirty Pink and Vintage Cacao*


I was sent a few more items to try from Teeez Cosmetics and of course, I had to put them to the test! First, we have the Soft as Sin Cream Blush - Flirty Pink ($27 cad), Read My Lips Lipstick - Cool Cerise  ($26 cad), and lastly Spoiled Rich Eyebrow Cream - Vintage Cacao ($20 cad). I have been trying out their products the last few months, and you can see my reviews on them here. If you'd like to know my thoughts on these few items, just keep on reading below....

SAJE - Ginger-Aide and Foodie Drops Review*


I have been using Saje products for the past few years and am so happy to have the chance to review their new product releases as they are launched. My experience with Saje is mostly in the oil and diffiuser blends and room sprays so when these Foodie and Ginger-Aide drops were released, I had to give them and try and see if they are as good as the other products I already have on constant rotation in my life. 

To learn more about my thoughts, just click below and keep on reading....

ATTTITUDE - review of "Solution for Sensitive Skin" collection for family and home*


ATTITUDE is a brand that I've come to know through my weekly visits surfing on Well.ca, or from visiting my local natural food store. A little bit about the brand itself: ATTITUDE is a Montreal-based company that develops all-natural products of the highest quality and distributes in almost thirty-five countries. They are dedicated to promoting healthy living and offer several lines of products to meet every family’s needs: Sensitive Skin, Bath & Body, Baby & Kids, Household and even.....Pet Care!! They carry over 100 products and they also come in different scents etc.

Back to the collection - did you know that nearly six million Canadians (one in five) will suffer from atopic dermatitis (eczema) during their lifetime? Babies are not excluded from eczema either. Take me for example, I never had eczema until 3 yeas ago, and it''s so localized to my right hand that it just won't go away anymore. I have since been on the hunt for products that would provide me with some relief. ATTITUDE created its Solution for Sensitive Skin, a certified product line with approximately thirty skin care and household products specifically designed to meet the daily needs of people with sensitive, atopic and dry skin. This new ATTITUDE collection is certified by the National Eczema Association and is enriched with colloidal oatmeal, is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and has been clinically tested by dermatologists.

For this product line, ATTITUDE worked in close collaboration with the National Eczema Association in order to receive its seal of acceptance. The seal certifies that its products are free of all ingredients that are known to irritate sensitive skin. These 31 new products are completely safe for use and composed of worry-free ingredients.

To learn more, keep on reading below.....

LUSH Easter 2017 Product Review*


You gotta hand it to LUSH honestly, for consistently coming out with the cutest limited edition holiday specific body products - this time, as the title of the blog would indicate, is all about Easter! For those of you who have been following my blog, will know that I've been a user of LUSH products for years and well yes, while pricier then your typical bath products, who wouldn't want these super adorable and fun items to just make your bath time that much better!

I was sent a few items from LUSH to review and try out and as always, keep on reading below to learn more about my thoughts!

Avon True Color Lip Crayon Review and Swatch*


I was sent these lip balms to try a few weeks ago, and I figured, what better way to showcase them, then to do a lip swatch post of the lippies in action. 

With these lip balms, you get the full coverage of a lipstick in an easy buttery smooth pencil, that doesn't need sharpening at all. Turn the colored part at the end of the stick, and the tube of lip balm twists up. It feels weightless on the lips and does deliver really great pigmentation and it works as liner and lip color at once. Also, these contain Vitamin E and Shea Butter and comes in 12 shades.

Colors from the first row are: Fairest Nude (Cream) and Just Rosy (Cream)


Bottom Row: Pink Premier (Cream), Ready for Me (Shimmer) and Mauve Model (Shimmer)

These lippies come in two different formulas - Cream and Shimmer. Of the two, I definitely prefer the cream. The shimmer was a bit patchy and the shimmer was a bit chunky and I could feel it going on. The glitter was also quite visible so if you are a fan of that look, go for it! I'm just more a fan of the cream look :) Of the shades received, Pink Premier is my favorite - perfect for spring!

These retail for $10 each, however currently from now until April 19th, they are only $4.99! What are you waiting for?! :) 

Until next time, XO - M.