Archive | July 2017

Finding the Next Moisturizer: Tips to Help you Find It!

Buying a moisturizer is not easy.  When your current moisturizer is about to finish, you have two choices: repurchase the moisturizer that you currently have or go on that journey of reading blogs, magazines or even doing it the old fashioned way by asking your friends, family or even your colleagues.  There is no right or wrong choice, it’s just a preference and skincare to me at least is a personal and difficult choice.  For me when my face care is finished, I get super excited to buy one I haven’t used yet.  For me, it’s like buying the hottest pair of Stuart wiseman shoes every season.  In this article I’m going to give you some guidelines to finding that next perfect moisturizer.

Know your skin type

And before you start even looking for a moisturizer, you have to know your skin inside and out.  Is it dry?  Does it break out?  Is it flaking?  Is it sensitive?  If you’re not sure and your skin tends to change during the different seasons, you can always go to a place where there are experts that can help answer your questions.  Experts at these places will obviously ask you questions to see what will suit your concerns.  Try to be as honest as possible so these experts can find use the best possible treatments that will make your skin look its best.

Crème, lotion and serum?

Now you know your skin type, do you go for cream or lotion?  And do you need a serum?  You should always use a serum no matter your skin type.  You are supposed to wear it, but for oily your skin types that may be scary, but you don’t have to.  Like me, I only used the serum and it was enough moisture for me.  Why?  Serums absorbed in the skin 3 to 5 times deeper than a moisturizer, they tend to be more potent than the cream and if you have dry skin this serum will stay in your skin longer throughout the day then you’re cream.  As for choosing cream or lotion your skin will definitely let you know.  Essentially it doesn’t absorb well it’s too thick, if your skin still feels tight and uncomfortable you may not be hydrating enough.  In the end your skin will let you know if this moisturizer is right or not.  But don’t forget the serum.

Use separate day and night cream

They do different things and have different ingredients.  Plus having a sunscreen in your moisturizer is a must, at least for me.  You can definitely use one sermon day and night or have a separate one for day and night, that’s up to you.  But you should use different day and night care.

A day cream essentially works to protect and moisturize the skin from your everyday life.  It protects you from smoke, son, even from computer screens and fluorescent lights.  Also keeping the wrinkles and keeping your skin mat or hydrated is also a factor.

Your night cream however works differently.  While you sleep, naturally your skin repairs and detoxifies so you want a face care that helps the process.  Ones that are marked night or no sunscreen are ones you can choose from.  It gives your skin the boost it needs to look its best the next day.  And the next day.  And the next day.  You catch my drift.

Remember, your new face care will generally take 6 to 8 weeks to get full results.  Within that timeframe you will see subtle differences like more hydrated, brighter or less fatigued.  Whatever it’s supposed to do it will do, just be patient.

And if you have specific problems that skincare at your local store can’t solve, you may need to see a dermatologist.  Good luck on your new face care purchase and I hope this article has helped.  Till next week have a good day my beauties.

 

This entry was posted on July 29, 2017, in Skincare.

Dior:The Lip Duo your Lips Wont Soon Forget!

dior lip duo

The lip duo that your lips won’t soon forget. At least not for me. If you know anything about me, you know I have an unhealthy obsession with all things lips. I’m always on the lookout for that next great lip gloss, lip treatment, lipstick etc. For me, it has to work. I have dry lips and I don’t want them to look bad, so the most important thing for me is that it moisturizes and makes my lips look smoother and softer.
Well how do you decide what is good for you? Well, you just have to start trying products out. With a million choices, getting feedback from beauty experts, reviews from blogs and even word of mouth like your friends, it’s difficult to take advice from elsewhere when you’re not sure if it is the right product for you.
Throughout my years working in the beauty industry, I’ve tried a fair amount of lip products and there is only a few that stands out. This lip duo is what I’ve been using on and off for years. Here is my review on these two gems I found.

Dior lip glow color revival balm
This lip balm came only in one color when it first launched and I’ve always stuck to the original. Since its launch three more colors have entered the scene since. Mine is 001 in pink. This lip balm is a godsend, especially during the summer when I want to minimize my makeup. This is a balm, gloss and color in one tube and who doesn’t want to simplify their makeup bag?
This lip balm’s formula contains mango and luffa cylindrica which helps to soothe the lips. But the secret to this awesome lip balm is that it changes color on your lips! How cool is that? The color is very subtle and natural. I have seen it go on a rosy hue, a berry hue and a light pink hue. For me, it goes on a more berry hue. But don’t worry, this lip balm in particular is so universal that every woman or man of any skin tone can wear this and it will complement your lips beautifully.

Dior addict lip maximizer lip gloss
I know, I know, it’s a plumper and it’s not going to do much. Your right, it won’t. If you only use it once in a while. Give it the proposed 15 days and you’ll see a difference. You won’t look like kim Kardashian but your lips will look subtly fuller, plus the added bonus of this lip gloss hydrating and smoothing your lips. I have 001 in pink, but all colors that they have are fairly transparent when applied. They are meant to be worn alone cause of its gloss effect or under/over lipstick or lip gloss
The scent is what first got me. It’s a minty scent which immediately to me smells refreshing. It applies on very nicely and your lips look much smoother and feels hydrated. The collagen and marine fillers are what helps to plump the lips, but the hyaluronic acid spheres are what helps to moisturize and hydrate.
My personal opinion on this lip plumper: it smooths my lips lines and moisturizes my lips. Anything else is a bonus, the smell alone is so addicting and the way it makes my lips feel and look are fabulous. There is no tingling sensation which is good at least for me.
It’s tough to figure out what is good and what will work. I’ve gone through a lot of lip treatments and its not easy finding the right one. All I know is that these two lip treatments have worked for me in my quest to find lip treatments that work for my dry lips. I’m not afraid to try anything new and when it comes to makeup and skincare be open minded unless you have skin sensitivity and you can’t. I hope this at least helps you with finding something that works. Until next week, have a good day my beauties!

dior lip duo

Makeover Essentials: Three Awesome Kits to Use!

makeup kits

I was introduced by this line last summer when two, excited salespeople came in to the store I work at promoting this fun and new makeup line based in California.  They were holding little gray shopping bags that I came to know were filled with makeup!

So as a beauty junkie I couldn’t pass up this amazing deal.  And this pretty grey bag was filled with three makeup kits and cleansing cloths all for $80.  Seriously, who could pass this deal up?  Plus you got a bonus bag as well.  So I got two for the price of one.  Awesome!  I did end up giving the second one away and the cleansing cloths, I ended up using all of them before doing this post.  So today I will be reviewing the three makeup kits.

eyeshadow kit

Neapolitan eye kit

In this cute eye kit there are six sets of trio eyeshadows that can easily go from nudes to glam.  The colors are versatile and obviously you can mix and match.  With the exception of the black/gray/white and the dark brown trio, the pigments are nice enough for a lot of skin tones.  On my skin tone, a lot of the colors are very natural looking.  I would have to put a lot to get them to pop or mix them with other eyes shadows or wear a primer or base that will brighten or deepen the colors.

You definitely have to use a smaller brush or eye sponge applicators that it comes with so you’re not mixing all the colors together.  Unless you want that which is cool.  But the compact itself is super slim and small that you can put it in your make-up bag and forget about it.

mini kit makeup

Purse petit mini

This kit is adorable cute and pretty much perfect for a day trip or a night out on the town with the girls.  In this tiny compact, it holds four lips, four eye colors and two deluxe eyeshadows meant for the smoky eyes.

This is a pretty awesome kit, as the lip colors are great to go from day to night look.  The eyeshadows as well are great for a day to glam look.  The two deluxe eyeshadows I don’t mind as well because I use the beige color as a base for eyes and because it has a bit of a shimmer to it, I use it as a highlighter as well.  I think this compact would have been even better if they put an actual highlighter and blush or bronzer or contour shades instead of the black and beige eyeshadows.  But I guess they were trying to put a compact together so it can be versatile.

Regardless, this compact is super small and easy to put in your small purse, you forget you have it there.  This tiny kit will definitely be very usable and definitely come in handy.

big makeup kit

Weekly essential kit

This kit literally has everything but your foundation.  Let me list what it has.  Six eyeshadows, concealer, blush, three colors for lips, setting powder, lip liner, eyeliner, mascara (not shown) because I used it all and brush and sponge for application.

The concealer, setting powder and blush were too light for me, but everything else in this kit worked out for me.  This kit for me was more a natural look for me.  I do like the idea of having something like this left at home or leave it at work so you have it there for an emergency touch up, but I couldn’t see myself bringing this with me everywhere I go because it is a bit bigger than the other kits.  It would be great for traveling for a few days or sleeping over at your friend’s house so you can minimize what your carrying in your bag.

It’s hard for any makeup company to design a kit that makes everyone happy.  But I’m glad that makeup companies make kits that are just for eyes or lips or eyebrows etc.  Once you start creating a bigger kit, I personally tend to have a hard time choosing something like that.  Because I want to make sure I can use almost everything otherwise it’s a waste of money.  At least for me.  That’s why I will stick to the smaller kits because I know I will use everything.

Until next week thank you for reading and have yourself a great week my beauties!

 

This entry was posted on July 8, 2017, in Makeup.

Nuxe body oil: this one is awesome!

In the last handful of years there has been new ideas of how to put on your body moisturizer.  You can spray them on, you can put them on in your shower or be like me and purchase a dry oil.  Why try a dry oil or even an oil all?  Well, if it’s a good oil you will not have the problem of it absorbing well into the skin.  Plus it’s also very nourishing and also natural.  Experts in the skincare or natural products industry say that anything natural can absorb better and faster than synthetic products.  Well the experts in the company called nuxe know a thing or two about natural ingredients and products.

nuxe body oil

Nuxe huile prodigieuse dry oil

This dry oil was developed when the founder of nuxe wanted something easy and multi-purpose to use, but also natural while she was pregnant.  It is an instant cult classic and definitely a hit with me.  When I say a multi-purpose oil, you can use it on your hair, face and body, plus use it all year round.  It is 97 percent natural and has a nice, sweet smell to it.

This dry oil is super lightweight and melts into your skin very quickly.  It smells nice and sweet, but it doesn’t have a heavy, lingering smell.  Even when it is hot and humid in Toronto it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin which was a bonus.  In the winter time I do use this for my hair by putting it on the ends to nourish and keep from splitting.  I don’t use it on my face because I use other facial products in the winter, but it is safe to use on your face as it is non comedogenic and won’t clog pores.

As well as when I am constantly shaving, this helps to nourish and also my skin is less irritated.  I know its summertime and you don’t want to think about this, but your skin does give dehydrated as well.  You may not see the signs of it right away, but over the summer your skin will start to look parched.  And drinking water is not done enough unfortunately.  So have a good summer, drink lots of water, enjoy the long summer days we have and nourish your skin.  Until next week, see you then my beauties!

This entry was posted on July 1, 2017, in Skincare.