Hi everyone! While I was in Toronto at the Bite Lip Lab on Queen Street West, the guys who worked there recommended that I stroll a few minutes down the street to the Abnormal Beauty Company. They both raved about it and said they swear by their products because they are high quality but also low priced. I’m glad I listened to them and stopped into the company’s flagship store. I thought I’d review some of the DECIEM skincare products I picked up from brands like The Ordinary and NIOD. Continue reading
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It seems like everyone is obsessed with coconut oil lately. I’ve always been a huge fan of coconut (particularly pina coladas!). I add a tablespoon of coconut butter to my morning smoothie and often cook with coconut oil. About three years ago, I started incorporating coconut oil into my beauty routine too. The brand I typically use is Artisana Organics Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. I was sent Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil to try out (plus extra to giveaway! Details below) and I’m genuinely loving the 100% raw, alkaline coconut oil. In Canada, Skinny Coconut Oil is available at Sephora. It is $15.00 CAD.
I’m liking it better than other coconut oils I have tried for two reasons. The first is the smell. Some coconut oils I have used have no scent at all, and the Artisana only has a faint coconut scent. As soon as you open the Skinny Coconut Oil you get such an amazing coconut aroma. You just want to eat it! Skinny & Co. explain that because of their unique zero heat extraction method, theirs is the closest you can get to a raw coconut. As someone with sensitive skin, I’m sometimes bummed that I can’t use any of the scented beauty products out there; they smell amazing but will irritate the heck out of my skin. The Skinny Coconut Oil makes me feel like I get to use a luxuriously scented product and its all natural.
The second thing I like about the Skinny Coconut Oil is, unlike brands sold in grocery and health food stores that are primarily marketed as food products and come in a huge jar, the Skinny Coconut Oil packaging is similar to a jar of face cream. Continue reading
Still on a quest to find a new wintertime foundation routine, I am currently trying out these four products: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (I bought the “travel size”), the Beautyblender sponge, MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 “Pink Porcelain”, and Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray.
I received a Sephora sample of the Hourglass primer and absolutely loved it, and I’m not usually a big fan of primers. I generally find them too drying for my skin or they don’t seem to really do anything. Of course, the thing you like is inevitably one of the most expensive :P. I held out until I noticed that it does come in a smaller, more affordable size. The 0.33 ounce “travel size” is $21.00 CND. It really makes my skin feel super soft and smooth and works great with my Bareminerals powder foundation probably because they are both mineral-based.
The Hourglass primer doesn’t seem to get on as well with the MUF HD Invisible Cover foundation. I checked the Sephora site and sure enough the Hourglass primer is “water-resistant” and the MUF foundation is water-based. I love them both individually but they don’t seem to work well together.
I was impressed with the shade range of the MUF HD foundation (24 shades). The lightest, 110 “Pink Porcelain” is a really good match and does not seem to oxidize and darken or shift throughout the day. It seems sheer and natural but also manages to provide medium coverage. So far it’s getting along with my skin. I think it’s the best liquid foundation I have used. I should do a post on my liquid foundation “graveyard”. So many fails.
I finally am trying out the Beautyblender. I may be the last person to have bought one. I never use sponges normally because I am allergic to latex (Beautyblender is happily latex-free). Although I find washing it and squeezing the water out a bit more of a pain than washing brushes, I am liking the way it applies foundation. The Sephora site says they “can last up to three to four months if cared for properly”, and you can even mail it to Pennsylvania if you are a dedicated recycler.
My absolute favourite thing I am using right now is the UD All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray. I also discovered this by receiving a Sephora sample (I think it may have been a “deluxe” sample). This setting spray really works! I have previously used the MAC Fix+ and while I like it for other qualities and purposes, I don’t think it extends the wear of your make-up like the UD All Nighter spray. I feel like my make-up would literally stay on looking the same forever.
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