14, 09, 2017
One of the fun perks of being a beauty influencer/blogger is the advantage of brands reaching out to you to test out their products, and overtime you naturally get better at figuring out what works and what doesn’t work out for you. I believe it’s possible to see instant results with certain products, but long-term usage is how you really determine when a product is worth a say for anyone’s time or money. Perhaps the recent confusion in the weather’s high and low temperatures has also been a great factor on why I’ve been gravitating towards these treats.
If you’re unfamiliar with this brand, it’s owned by Rexall, which I have seen quite a few times but have never really convinced myself to try them out. Fortunately, Rexall were kind enough to send me over a bunch of the products from their Be.Better line. Right off the bat their Argan Oil Day Cream was a definite standout for me. I’ve said it a hundred times but I’ll say it again—I have very oil skin—so a light but hydrating moisturizer is always what I’m looking for. The Argan Oil Day Cream is packed with Vitamin E, Olive Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid. It absorbs fast without a trace of shine or sticky feeling, and leaves your face feeling so smooth. I usually avoid using hyaluronic acid during the day but I’m pretty sure the dosage isn’t strong though—plus wearing a sunscreen is still a must either way.
As an oily girl (here I go again) I only recently realized how baking can save myself from any embarrassing overly shine throughout the day. I’ve been using the NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder for locking in my under eye concealer, getting shine away around my nose, high top of my forehead, and a little on my chin where oily loves to overproduce the most. I love how well this powder keeps oil controlled, however the only con is that you must remember that a little goes a long way. You often see a lot of people packing on the powder when baking, but honestly all you need is a thin layer with this one. I’ve made the mistake of packing this on, and resulting in a very unattractive white cast after wiping it away. So again… A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY.
Although I love myself a good body cream or body butter, sometimes they just don’t always last that long—that’s where oils come into play. The Crystal Hills Organics Body Serums have been smelling and feeling a lot like heaven on my skin. I always apply these after I’ve gotten out the shower, and if I really want to take things up a notch, I pump a few drops into body cream for added delicious hydration. Crystal Hills Organics sent over two from their line: Crystal Harmony – Moringa oil, coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, green tea & calendula extracts, and a green quartz crystal found at the bottom of the bottle; and Crystal Moon Goddess – Includes a quartz crystal, organic white tea seed oil, meadowfoam oil, evening primrose extract, coconut oil, and with notes of jasmine frankincense and neroli essential oils.
The year is nowhere close to being finished but I think it’s safe to say that the Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipsticks are my all-time favourites of the 2017! These are exactly what I look for in natural looking lipsticks, and lips just look absolutely amazing with them on. Since my first Glossier post, I’ve already went ahead and bought more and now own 4 of the 6 available (you bet I’m eventually going to get the other 2). They’re that perfect flush of everyday colour, especially for those girls who like to keep things natural and all about the skin—basically the Glossier type of woman, duh. The colour Like (light powdery pink) is my most worn of the bunch, followed by Zip (poppy red) and then Crush (hot raspberry pink).
A few weeks ago one of my close friend’s from Japan was back in town for a short visit. Prior to her arrival, I asked if she could pick me up an eyelash curler from Donkihote (aka. 100 Yen/discount store) since Japanese beauty products and tools are generally better and high-quality at an affordable price compared to here in North America. Being the amazing friend that she is, she got me an even better eyelash curler—the Shiseido Maquillage Edge Free Eyelash Curler. Since my Shu Uemura lash curler gets the job done well, I’ve never once thought of replacing it since I buying it many ages ago, but I just wanted to try something new for a change. I like the Shu Uemura because it’s wide enough to get all my lashes without any pinching. That being said, the Maquillage is very much on par, however it’s a little bit more flat so it’s very easy to get extremely close to your lash line—be careful! The Maquillage fans out and curls your lashes naturally, while the Shu Uemura lifts and curls your lashes more flirtatiously. I honestly love having the choices between the 2 looks so both are winners.