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5 Things That Are Making My Week

Here we are, near the end of another lovely summer week, and at the brink of a sweet weekend.  I hope you’ve been having a good week, lovely weather, and basking in the sunshine and warmth.  Here are a few things that have made my week better.

  1. The sights of downtown:  I find that there are two environments that speak to my heart above all others:  tropical stunning beaches, and big vibrant cities.  I’m a city girl, and draw my energy from the buzz and the lights and the gleaming smooth lines.  This week I’m once again amazed at the beautiful skyline of this great city, and the glittering gems of tall buildings that are found within.
  2. Mineral foundation: Mineral foundation has become my staple this season.  I was very skeptical of how a loose powder could ever be nearly as good as a nice cream or liquid foundation, but I have since changed my tune.  I’ve been using Artistry mineral powder foundation in Medium to work with my tan, and it’s been phenomenal!  Not only is it super-light and even, but the coverage is perfect and there’s no orangey tinge to it.
  3. Homemade breakfast sandwiches:  Ooh this has been a morning game-changer!  And believe me, you’ll be hearing more about this soon 🙂  We’ve started making hot breakfast sandwiches at home, and it’s been a fantastic addition to our mornings.  Instead of a hurried half bagel with cream cheese, or nothing at all for breakfast, one of these protein-filled satisfying sandwiches gets me off to a great start, and ensures lighter choices throughout the day, yum!
  4. Lemon scented sea salt scrub:  Every once in a while, I get really into scrubs, and right now is one of those times.  I have this lemony scented sea salt scrub from Arbonne, and I love that not only does it make my skin feel so silky and smooth, but the oils in it moisturize my whole body so deeply when I’m in the shower, I don’t even need to use body lotion after.  Once I run out, I’ll probably make my own with coarse sea salt, some sort of lightly scented oil, and essential oils for aroma.
  5. Minty lip gloss:  In the summer, I usually lighten up my eye and lip colours, and I’ve been in the mood for a lip gloss that has shine, but not glitter.  This simple clear gloss from Bath & Body Works has become a purse staple for me.  It looks great on its own or over a soft wash of lipstick, and the peppermint oil provides both cooling and mild plumping.  This was actually a winter beauty purchase, since it tastes like a candy cane, but it’s proven to be quite the perfect little item for summer as well 🙂

Interesting, it looks like this week I’ve been really into beauty and pampering!  I guess we all have those times when we want to put in just a little extra effort into our looks, and I know it always helps me feel better in my own skin.  I hope you’ve had a beautiful week thus far, and that you have a lovely weekend as well!

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Beauty Picks of the Season

Hello, sweet friends!  I hope you’re all enjoying the winter wonderland weather around us, as well as the wonderful holiday treats and tinsel!  It’s a beautiful time of year, and so I thought I’d share my beauty picks for this year.  Winter usually brings its own beauty challenges with dry skin and hat hair, but these essentials will keep you kissing pretty, should you end up under the mistletoe!

For body moisturizing – Winter can wreak havoc on skin, resulting in dry, flaky, and itchy patches, yikes!  Coconut oil, especially applied right after stepping out of the shower is amazing, but a more festive favourite of mine is the Triple Moisture Body Cream from Bath & Body Works in Twisted Peppermint.  It absorbs very well to soothe and hydrate and smells like delicious candy canes!

For hands and on the go – Hands need special care.  Not only are they more exposed to the cold, but also to drying hot water since we all tend to become a bit more wary of germs in the winter.  For that reason, I’ve been stashing a small tube of Arbonne Shea Butter Hand Lotion in Blissful Vanilla.  It’s a deeply luxurious lotion using amazing shea butter and with a sweet scent.

For hair – Hair is a tough one, since everyone’s is different and has unique issues.  I have lots of dense thick hair, but my individual strands are fairly fine, and it’s also curly/wavy.  For that reason, it needs lots of moisture.  I try to do a coconut oil mask every week or so and use generous amounts of conditioner in the winter.  For styling, I’ve been using a teensy dab of coconut oil as shine serum on my ends and lengths to keep frizz to a minimum and help nourish my hair as well.

For lips – Essential category for mistletoe!  Ooh, this is one of my new favourites!  I’ve been loving Arbonne’s Sugar Melon Moisturizing Lip Balm.  It hydrates deeply and has a great pink tint, plus has a delicious smell and taste that reminds me of candy sour watermelon slices!  

And of course you all know of my deep love for EOS lip balms.  Well, I stumbled across a new flavour this season – Vanilla Mint.  I knew how much I loved the Vanilla Bean and Sweet Mint, so that one came home with me as well 🙂

For a dazzling holiday look – ‘Tis the season for Christmas parties and New Year’s soirees!  For these special occasions, it’s fun to bring out the sparkles and sequins, and amp up the glamour for your makeup look too!  Here are a few favourites I’ve picked out of my makeup collection to help you get started.

  • A great red lip – classic colour and bombshell look.  Here I’ve got a gorgeous ruby lipstick by Camerata and Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Forever Scarlet (this one lasts for 16 hours without feathering or wearing off).
  • A dramatic lip – if you’re not feeling like wearing red, this is a great time to go dramatic and bold.  Here I’ve got Artistry Lip Colour in Ripe (a delicious bordeaux hue), and a beautiful sparkly lip gloss, Artistry Light Up Lip Gloss in Glamour.
  • For festive eyes – in a sea of smokey eyes, stand out with some glimmer!  Use a hint of silver eyeliner for a subtle nod to Queen Elsa, like this Artistry Eyeliner in Platinum Highlight.

What beauty essentials do you pick out in winter?  Any festive looks planned?  Do share 🙂

Summer Daytime Makeup Look

Hello, lovelies!  I hope you’ve been having a fantastic summer and soaking up all the fun and sun this season brings – I know we definitely have 🙂 I’m also very excited that this is the first summer in a few years that I’ve gotten a decent tan!

Today, I want to talk about beauty and makeup.  I find that I have a tendency to design a go-to look for myself that I can quickly do in the morning for the usual day-to-day.  I still have fun with new looks and styles for the evening or maybe on weekends, but on a weekday morning I need to be able to do my makeup fast, and even if I’m half asleep.

So with that in mind, I wanted to share with you my daytime makeup look for this summer!  It’s super easy and quick, but uses some fun summery items that I’m pretty happy about 🙂

I’ve put in a quick video (the very first on here!), as well as instructions and products below.

Steps

  1. Apply foundation all over face using fingers, and blend well.  Use foundation as undereye concealer as well.  For summer, try a lighter foundation, such as a tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream.
  2. Dab concealer onto blemishes gently and blend.  Be very gentle since the concealer might be lighter than your skin, if you have a tan.
  3. Dust setting powder, and then bronzer all over face.  The bronzer is essential since our faces are almost always lighter than our bodies, due to more frequent cleansing and exfoliating.
  4. Swirl a warm, peachy blush onto cheekbones.  I always place it here to look natural and avoid the porcelain doll look.
  5. Use a shadow brush to add light shade to top of eyelid, medium shade to outer crease, highlighting shade to brow bone and inner corner of lid, and the darkest or accent shade to the outer bottom lid.  Blend so colours transition smoothly.
  6. Swipe 2 quick coats of lengthening mascara on lashes.  Tan skin and summer looks best with a light look, so there is usually no need for eyeliner.
  7. Finish with lip balm and a softly tinted lip gloss.  Lip balm is essential with the heat, and I find gloss looks much better than lipstick for the daytime in the summer.

Products Used:

  • Foundation – Arbonne CC Cream in Light
  • Concealer – Artistry essentials concealer in Light
  • Setting Powder – Cover FX Setting Powder for light skin tones
  • Bronzer – Artistry essentials Mineral Foundation in Medium
  • Blush – Artistry Enchanted Garden blush in Sequined Peach & Sequined Rose
  • Eye Shadow – Casmara shadow quad with orange, lilac, and pink shades
  • Mascara – Artistry Length & Definition Mascara
  • Lip Balm – eos Lip Sphere in Strawberry Sorbet
  • Lip Gloss – Artistry Light Up Lip Gloss in Glitz

Hope you’re having a beautiful summer!  How have you changed up your makeup for the hot weather?

Artistry Galaxy Collection – Product Review

With summer going away slowly, I’ve held on as long as I could to summer fashion and makeup, but sure enough autumn came, and with it a fresh moody makeup collection!  My beloved brand Artistry released their Fall 2013 Galaxy Trend Collection, a stunning palette of ethereal and celestial colours that add magic to your everyday look.  The shades are beautifully crafted to be universally flattering and look amazing on all skin tones and colourings.

First up, the softly beautiful Aurora Illuminating Powder.  This is a lovely compact with a gorgeous textured finish.  There is a pink shade, and a beige shade, and both have a soft hint of shimmer.  I really love that it’s a subtle shimmer instead of full-on sparkle, which makes it very versatile.  It’s soft enough that it can be used all over the face to illuminate, but I tend to use the beige shade to contour, and the pink shade as a soft blush.  It’s available here for $57.45.

Next, the phenomenal eye makeup.  I adore the Eye Shadow Quad.  It has four shades, a pale beige highlighting shade, a deep brown, a rich purple, and a shimmering black.  These colours look amazing on every eye colour, so much so that I could easily use these four shades every day for a perfect look.  I found that the colours didn’t look quite as deep when I applied it dry, but wetting my sponge applicator just a bit made the colours bold and gave it lots of staying power.  I especially love the black shadow, since it is meant to be used as a liner, and helps create the perfect smokey eye.  The quad is available here for $63.45, which is a pretty good price if you consider that you’ll be able to get a lot of wear out of it.  I’ve been using this and the blush compact every single day for almost two months, and I’ve barely even made a dent in them.  I also have fallen in love with the Platinum highlight eyeliner.  I use it on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them, and it really does look like a touch of magic!  Plus, using it just there will make one pencil last a long time.  It’s available here for $23.

Much like their Enchanted Garden Collection in the Spring, this line of makeup is really nice and perfect for the season!  I’ve been using it every day as my go-to.  Usually I’ll use the beige, either the purple OR brown, and then black eyeshadow to match the cool or warm colours in my outfit.

However, for the picture below, I basically followed the instructions to create this look. I used all four shades, the eyeliner, and blush, as well as the Automatic Eyeliner in Ebony, the Length & Definition Mascara, and my favourite Light Up Lip Gloss in Glitz.  I’m usually not too adventurous with lip makeup, so I tend to stick to my favourites.

Has anyone else tried this makeup line?  Let me know what you think!  Or if you’re interested in trying it, let me know, I can likely help with that too 🙂

(Photo of Galaxy Collection from Artistry US’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/artistryus )

Artistry Mascaras – Product Review

Ahh, mascara.  Such a staple in our makeup bags, and at the same time, ladies, such a hassle if it falls short.  Is there any makeup product that we are as demanding of as mascara?  I’d guess not.  After all, we want it to fill in, lengthen, define, thicken, and volumize lashes.  We want it to make our eyes pop with drama, but still look fairly natural (usually).  We want it to be sweatproof, waterproof, non-streaky, basically permanent, except when we take off our makeup.  Then we want it to wash away as easily as soft powder, and without leaving dark streaks.  And if by (likely) chance we fall asleep with our mascara on, we want it to look good the second day, not give us serious raccoon eyes.

That’s a tall order, and though I’d usually find a decent mascara with a few of those requirements, the perfect one eluded me for quite a while – at least for what I’m willing to spend, since there’s no way I’m shelling out hefty sums of cash for a tiny tube of black war paint with a pipecleaner.  Plus, I already have long, dark, thick, lashes, so I needed something really good to even show up on me.  So imagine my surprise, and elation, when I found not only one, but TWO mascaras that perform super well!  Now, neither of these claim to be waterproof because they do wash off with water, but they don’t streak, instead when they come off, it’s in easy to wipe flakes, so your look is not ruined, nor do you need to scrub for an eternity at night.  Don’t know about you, but that’s even better than waterproof for me!

The first is Artistry’s Length & Definition Mascara.  I first tried this in a Limited Edition that was a Granite colour – so dark grey with a flecks of shimmer, and I loved it!  Now, I use the classic black colour and it’s perfect.  I definitely noticed my lashes looked longer, and more nicely separated.  Also, it stays put all day until I wash it off, and that is done just with my simple cleanser – yay!  I always hate the way you sometimes get an oily residue after makeup remover, so I love just using my cleanser.

Check out this super close-up of my eye before, and after Length & Definition Mascara:

The second one I want to talk about is Artistry Signature Eyes Volume Mascara.  This became an instant favourite and staple for me.  It adds the perfect amount of thickness and drama, giving an almost-falsies effect.  Gorgeous!  And again, stays put all day, and washes off easily with cleanser.

Check out the no-mascara versus Signature Eyes Volume Mascara:

These two products have pretty much become common favourites with a lot of my friends.  I love them both on their own.  And for a special event or really luxe look, they can be layered too – lengthen & define first, then add the volume one on top.  The Length & Definition Mascara can be found here, and the Volume Mascara is available here.  Both are a sizable tube, and only $26.50 before tax, so they’re not the cheapest thing out there, but they beat out all the “luxury” $50+ options.

Have you tried these fantastic make-up products?  Let me know what you think, or if you have other go-tos.

80s Remix – Beauty Look

Recently, I was doing my makeup and unintentionally ended up with a look that reminded me of the 80s.  I know, that sounds bad, but this actually turned out really well, so I thought I’d do a quick 80s-inspired makeup look tutorial.

I was wearing a fairly neutral white and grey outfit with a baby blue accent cami, so I decided to use a bit more blue on my lids to tie in with the outfit.  You may remember the Artistry Enchanted Garden Limited Edition makeup products that I discussed here, and I’ve been using them as my staples all summer, so they were my products of choice for this look.

Step 1.  Create your base with foundation and face products as normal.  I’m wearing a mix of Artistry Tinted Moisturizer in Tint 1 and Tint 3 for a bronzed look, concealer, and Artistry Loose Powder in medium as setting powder.

Step 2.  Eyes – I used Artistry Enchanted Garden liquid eyeshadow.  From the crease to the brows, I used Golden Sunset, dotting on colour and blending with my fingertips.  From the lashline to the crease, I used Midnight Star with the same method, this being the soft blue.  I finished off the eyes with Artistry Length & Definition Mascara in Black.

Step 3.  Cheeks – Using a fluffy blush brush, I lightly added a soft hint of blush.  I went with Artistry Enchanted Garden blush in Peach.   I dusted on a very small amount, and then swirled for a natural look.

Step 4. Lips – I love the look of lipstick, especially for a more professional feel.  I finished off the look with Artistry Lip Colour in Bon Bon, for a fresh vibrant pink finish.

Check out the finished look above and here:

Just for fun, I experimented with this a bit later in the day – I added a thin dash of Artistry Enchanted Garden liquid eyeshadow in Twilight to the crease, and blended that in.  You could easily use a powder eyeshadow and either a sponge applicator or an angled brush for a similar look.  You can see that it really doesn’t look dramatically different, but it does seem to make the colours flow better:

What do you guys think of my little 80s remix?  Anyone else trying something that’s a bit of a throwback to earlier times, like the nude makeup of the 90s or 60s cat eyes?

Light Summer Beauty – Tinted Moisturizer

Summertime, and the living is easy, or at least that’s how the song goes.

Many people love summer, and it seems to bring out the best in us, I find.  The glorious sun and warmth makes us happier, livelier, more likely to get outside, and healthier!  To add to that, a soft sun-kissed light tan does wonders for the beauty routine.  It was in summer, and out of necessity, that I discovered tinted moisturizer.

As a teen, I was obsessed with having flawless skin, but almost never did.  My skin was quite good, but I always seemed to have one or two blemishes somewhere on my face, or a hint of redness around my nose.  So naturally, this called for a foundation with good coverage, and I stuck to those formulas religiously.  I’ll discuss my current favourite in a different post.

Not only is it hard to have a smooth foundation, but my skin tone is very difficult to match for some reason.  I’m very pale, with a neutral/warm undertone, but so pale that even the palest of warm foundations or concealers looked too yellow on me, and left me with orange blotches.  Pretty, I know (not).  And so-called translucent powders basically need to be completely colourless and look white, or else those go all orange-yellow on my face too.  However, when I tan, I go dark, like hispanic looking within a two-week vacation.  So, my normal vampire-pale, medium coverage foundation would look ridiculous with a tanned body.

Since I didn’t really want to experiment too much and buy a bottle of each shade from vampire pale to Snooki tan, I opted for tinted moisturizer.  It boasts being a sheer coverage, so just enough to even out skin tone, and cover small blemishes, without totally painting me dark or totally whitening out my tan – yay!  Plus, hitting my late teens and then my twenties, my skin started to figure itself out, so I didn’t have nearly as many breakouts.

I use Artistry Tinted Moisturizer, and it’s fabulous.  It gives decent sheer coverage, and feels as if I’m not wearing any makeup at all.  It also has SPF 8, which really isn’t super good protection, but layered with my normal SPF 15 moisturizer, I’m set!  It’s the perfect veil of protection and kiss of colour, and I love (looooove) that it doesn’t clog my pores.  I buy it here ,and it’s only $28.95 for a tube that lasts me a decent long time, usually 2-3 months.  I use Tint 1 for everyday wear, and then switch to Tint 2 in the summer when I’ve gotten a bit of sun.  I love that Tint 2 is light enough that it doesn’t look bad if I’m still pretty pale, but works perfectly when I’m really tan as well.  I just use it like my normal foundation, dot it on my skin (often over primer), blend with a beauty blender, and then use concealer and loose powder as normal, as well as any eye & cheek makeup I want.

Like I said before, summer is an ideal time to lighten up your makeup look.  On weekdays, I use the following: Enchanted Garden eyeshadows and a hint of blush, the lightest hint of mascara, and something on my lips, a balm, gloss, or stain.  On weekends, just blush and lip stuff.  This season, you don’t really need heavy dark eyeliner, piles of mascara, and super-obvious lipstick, at least not during the day.
Do you have any beauty switches for summer?  Tried tinted moisturizer?  Let me know 🙂

(Photo of Artistry Tinted Moisturizer from Artistry US’ Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/artistryus)