Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon and Ambre Nuit| Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015

Ready for more Dior? :D The Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015 Collection includes two 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes Contraste Horizon & Ambre Nuit. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Dior eyeshadows, but one of these I actually like.

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Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015 Collection|5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes Contraste Horizon & Ambre Nuit

Let’s talk about the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Ambre Nuit, since it’s ok but not my favourite to be honest. It’s going to be a permanent addition to their palette line-up. So if it does appeal to you, there’s no hurry to pick it up.

Swatchy Time!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Ambre Nuit,

Pretty enough. Neutral enough. Easy enough to wear. Unique though? Eh, not really. You’d have to be a serious Dior fangirl to shell out $62 for this palette. The other shades are pretty and are ok to work with, but like I said-just not that special.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Ambre Nuit

The peach shade is probably the most unique shade, but it’s kinda chalky and takes a bit of building up to get decent colour payoff. The bronze taupe is pretty, but again…worth $62? Nope.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Ambre Nuit

But the Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon though? YEAH BABY. Let’s a closeup of this lil’ beauty!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon

Ok, my camera kinda’ sucks I know…I need to get a new one. If you have any camera suggestions please let me know! But trust me-in person Contraste Horizon is really pretty!

Swatchy Time!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon

This is one fun summer palette you guys!  You can go all mermaid eyes with it if you want!

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon

That teal is gorgeous. I used to wear teals all the time! I forgot how much I love them, so thanks Dior for the memory jog. That pale sage green is a tad chalky-why Dior keeps putting sparkles in mattes is ??? like just make a matte shadow that works dudes. That white shadow is matte and a lot of people hate that it’s there, and I agree it does look out of place. But I like it. It’s not a WOW WHITE, but a soft white that looks great on the inner eye corners. It even pulls a tad pink on me, so I like it.

Or you can go all bronze beach goddess with Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon if that floats your summer makeup boat.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon

That copper is soft and buttery smooth, as is the gold shade. Really easy to apply and blend out.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Contraste Horizon I think is worth the money, and if you want it and see it I say pick it up because I can see this one selling out. But to be honest again, it’s not all that unique? It kinda’ reminds me of past Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Palettes that came out every summer. So again, you may already have shades like these in your collection. It’s not a must have, but a nice to have!

Whaddaya’ think? Are you yearning for one of these palettes? Or are they a skip for you? 

Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Shades

I have a problem. A real problem.

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Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Shades

 

Because last year? When these Dior Addict Fluid Sticks came out? I WAS NOT A FAN. Nope. They were sticky. And tacky. And really dried out my lips as they wore off. After I reviewed them on the blog, I never wore them again. BYE-BYE.

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Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Shades

 

But these new Dior Addict Fluid Sticks shades in the Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015? I’m so confused. They seem different. Creamier? And….there’s no other way to say this…I LIKE THEM. *hides in corner while eating a shoe…covered in chocolate of course…

There are three new shades and I love them all. I was putting them on and taking them off all day and my lips feel no worse for wear. Which again… I can’t believe?!

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Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Sticks Shades from top to bottom Ciel Rose, Tropiques, and Plaisir

Dior Tye Die Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Stick Ciel Rose is my favourite. It’s a gorgeous, wearable rosewood shade. And it’s the creamiest of the three, so the most comfortable for sure!

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Dior Tye Die Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Stick Ciel Rose

Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Stick Tropiques is a punchy pink according to Dior, but I think it’s a really perfect peachy pink coral that’s perfect for summer and really easy to wear.

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Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Stick Tropiques

Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Stick Plaisir is a bright, cherry fuchsia that’s amazing.

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Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Stick Plaisir

It’s pinker than in the photo-more fuchsia like a bright pink happy cherry shade.

They’re not cheap that’s for sure. These Dior Tie Dye Summer 2015-New Dior Addict Fluid Sticks cost $35 each so, yeah it’s a GULP amount. But one? For summer? I think is worth the gulp. All three are beautiful and wearable. Pick one. You won’t be sorry. They last a long time-like 4 hours easy- and wear off beautifully leaving a pretty, even stain behind.

Man, I kinda’ feel like a hypocrite!? Because I wasn’t keen on these at ALL when they came out. I don’t know if the formula changed? Or did I change? Did I get bum ones last year? I don’t know, but I’m still confused and trying to figure it out. I’m going to go hide in my makeup corner now…and try to figure out what the HELL.

Has something like this ever happened to you? You don’t care for a product, and then you try them another collection later and LIKE  LOVE them? I think I may be losing my mind here….  :P

It’s Friday Let’s Chat! Makeup Brushes, Clinique Pop Lip Colour Lipstick, and more Banff

Hey, how you doin’? I hope well! Ready for another instalment of Friday chats? Let’s get to it! There’s A LOT of pics in this post so be prepared!

SO. I knew that Lisa Eldridge was the new creative director for Lancome. I did. But I had no idea that she does videos for them-Bonjour! and Welcome to the Lancome Makeup Atelier! 

Now, I can watch Lisa Eldridge apply makeup onto her lovely face ALL DAY so these videos made me happy! The other thing I love about her is that she’s so real. And her makeup application is also real. No heavy contouring or highlighting-it’s just real makeup for real life.

But the other thing that really hit home for me with these videos was that she uses her fingers mostly, AND horror of all horrors(to some makeup junkies)-she uses the makeup applicators that are sold with the products! LIKE WHAT.

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Makeup Applicators that come with products

Ok, I have no Lancome makeup to show you, but this Dior beauty shot should suffice ;)

Seriously, watch her videos. She really just uses those dinky applicators in most of the videos. Occasionally you’ll see a foundation brush and an eyeliner brush that she uses to spot conceal. BUT THAT’S IT. And you know what??!! That’s pretty much all I used to use way back when. For sure in the 80s-I was a teen-I didn’t have money for makeup brushes. And even in my 20s in the 90s-I always just used the packaged applicators. Never had any makeup brushes until Quo Cosmetics started making some and I bought my first-you guessed it-real blush brush. But after seeing these videos, I thought I’d give it a go like Lisa-just use the applicators, and my fingers!

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Not bad, hey? Now granted these higher end brands have better packaged applicators than drugstore, but still-they are dinky(how many times can I use the word dinky in this post) and tiny compared to real brushes. But honestly? It wasn’t all that hard to do?! And didn’t take any longer either?! Which you know, made me feel GOOD. Why? Well, sometimes I feel like I’m an inferior Beauty Blogger because I don’t own any Hakudoodoo or ChikaWOWA brushes like everyone else. These videos? Made me realize WHO GIVES A RATS ASS. I don’t need them. And neither do you. Also? The never contouring I loved. I hardly ever contour, unless I’m taking serious pics dudes. All these contour palettes are such overkill. So THANK YOU LISA ELDRIDGE. I LOVE YOU. FOR LIFE YEAH. :D Also? I think I need that Lancome Cushion Makeup stuff she uses because DANG it covers, hey?

Yup! I went to Banff. Again.

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driving to Banff

 

Honestly, I’ve wanted to live around there since I moved to Alberta. But it’s so dang expensive that it’s just out of the question. I’ll just keep visiting and show you pics if that’s ok with you!

Bow River Falls

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Bow River Falls

 

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Bow River Falls

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Bow River Falls

 

Downtown Banff

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Downtown Banff

 

Best name for a store

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Downtown Banff

 

What else did you think they sold?

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Downtown Banff

 

Thank goodness it’s not Squatch Scented!

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There are some really crazy things you can buy in Banff!

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At least it has free shipping HAHAHAHA!

I wanted 20 of these!

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This was little Marky’s FAVOURITE store in Banff(she used to call it the IMIT STORE-get it? IMIT? Christmas? Yeah-it took me about 15 minutes to figure out what she was saying too hahaha!)

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Downtown Banff

 

LOOK what they sold! I wanted 20 of these too!

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Dinner!

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Downtown Banff Toque Restaurant

 

The waitress warned us about this burger-that it was A LOT of food. We didn’t listen.

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And yeah, we couldn’t finish it at all! I finished just over half of that burger and a few bites of the chili poutine before the meat sweats set in.

Two Jack Lake

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Lake Minnewanka-the water was so STILL there

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Lake Minnewanka

 

Three Sisters Mountains

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Three Sisters Mountains

I love Banff. I really do! Can you tell? :P  Don’t be surprised if I take you there again soon!

When I got home, my Sephora VIB Sale was here! Finally! Sure took long enough! And I know I can get it sooner with that Flash Shipping crap, but PFFT. I’ll take free shipping always if that’s an option thank you. I can wait for my makeup junkie fix!

I ordered these CoverFX Custom Cover Drops that everyone is raving about.

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Preliminary testing results is that they’re a bit drying. Which makes me sad. But I want to try them in sunscreen before I give my finally verdict. Also this colour G20 is a tad light for me-I think I need one shade up for a better match. Or maybe a mix of both. I’m so hard to match lately it’s becoming quite the chore. So much so that I usually just use concealer where I need it, and screw the rest of my face.

I also ordered this :

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer #05 Melon Pop

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer #05 Melon Pop

It’s pretty! And very springy!

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Wearing Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer #05 Melon Pop-and NO CONTOURING a la Lisa Eldridge hahaha

Like I was telling my buddy Sunny @MostlySunny   on Instagram, I find this Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer #05 Melon Pop to be very similar to those MAC Huggable Lip Colours that came out last year? And I think are returning soon? I don’t know, who can keep track of those MAC Hooligans anymore LOL. Anyways, Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer is  thick, and very creamy and really sticks or hugs to your lips. Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer feels good on-like a heavy lip balm. And lasts quite well too and even leaves a pretty stain as it wears off. Only problem is that this light shade tends to emphasize lip lines-there’s a lot of white pigment in it. I think the darker shades would be better, but if there’s still a lot of white in them, well….ya’ know. I haven’t seen them in person, but maybe this weekend since there’s a Shopper’s Optimum Redemption event! Hopefully they’re there so I can swatchy! But I still do like how this lipstick 00feels and looks! Plus it’s kind of an affordable lipstick these days at $19.99. LIKE YEAH. Who’d of thunk $20 would get you an affordable department store lipstick in 2015? Not this old Beauty Junkie!

Also? This makes me SO PROUD to be Canadian.

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In other news…my hot flashes have seemed to subside! Like substantially! Almost disappearing even! Today I haven’t even had one! And the last week I’ve barely had any whilst sleeping which is like WOW. I don’t know whether to be happy? Like is it over? Or SCARED OUTTA MY WITS..like something worse is gonna happen…which would be my period coming back after being absent since August 2014. Because that would mean I’d have to start going through it all AGAIN… oh please be over please be over…pray for me, hey?

Yeah! That was my week! Whaddaya’ think about my no brushes revelation? Here’s my dare to you all: TRY PUTTING ON YOUR MAKEUP WITH THE DINKY APPLICATORS AND YOUR FINGERS TOO. And lemme know how it goes! I bet you pass with flying colours like I did. :D I know you can!

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! 

Discover Your Ideal Skin with #VichyWorksForMe

Our skin changes over the years. It really does. I used to be pretty normal and acne free in my teens to early 20s. After I had Marky, things changed. All of a sudden I was getting zits! To be honest I never really had them all that much growing up. It was kind of a shock! So, I adjusted my skincare to tackle this new skin of mine and at the time it did work. But my skin became oilier as a result. In my thirties my t-zone grew oilier as the day went by, and I had to blot my skin by lunch time. But in my forties, my skin changed drastically. It was now dry! No more oil slick! And spots and hyper pigmentation appeared.  And now, in my late forties and nearing menopause, I’m experiencing hypersensitive skin, dryness, and occasional breakouts. What’s a girl to do???!!!

Well, Vichy is here to help!

#VichyWorksForMe is a digital campaign created to help women find their ideal skin at every stage of life. Drawing on over 80 years of skin care expertise, the Vichy Works For Me platform combines dermatological expertise with a holistic approach to discovering women’s ideal skin.

The #VichyWorksForMe campaign follows a group of five real Canadian woman as they discover how to achieve their ideal skin. The women depict five common life stages and lifestyles, each corresponding to a particular collection of Vichy products – Normaderm, Idealia, ProEVEN, LiftActiv and Neovadiol. Knowing that achieving skin health involves more than just the right products and routines, these women met with Vichy’s team of experts – Anik Kerr-Denis, Vichy Canada expert, Dr. Roni Munk, dermatologist, Natasha Azrak, nutritionist and Laura Griffiths, life coach. They learned how various lifestyle factors can affect their overall skin health and received advice on how to achieve their ideal skin through skin care practices, nutrition and lifestyle habits.
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Vichy believes in getting to the root of the problem, so that’s why they’ve created their skin diagnostics. There’s an online version at www.vichyworksforme.ca which also provides holistic advice, but there’s also a free in-store one given by a beauty advisor at your nearest drugstore if you prefer. Both will provide you with a personal skin analysis by learning more about your life, your skin care routines and habits. You’ll get product recommendations from Vichy that will help you get YOUR ideal skin, PLUS, a $20 coupon to put towards your Vichy products!

I had the chance to actually chat with Vichy Expert Anik Kerr-Denis and she was AWESOME. She asked me all kinds of questions about my life and my skin, and and these are the Vichy products that she decided would work for me-#VichyWorksForMe!

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#VichyWorksForMe

 

Now, I didn’t quite fit into just one of Vichy’s skin care ranges. Since I’m going through quite a life-changing phase(almost in menopause, but not quite there) I have a lot of stuff going on with my skin at the moment. So, my Ideal Skin Routine #VichyWorksForMe comes from quite a few of Vichy’s skincare lines.

CLEANSING

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Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam, Vichy Eau Thermale

Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam is my favourite foamy cleanser on this earth I swear. It’s a nice, creamy foam too-just the way I like my cleansers. I do use a cream cleaser since I have drier skin as you know, but I prefer foamy cleansers especially after the gym. Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam exfoliates ever so gently with LHA. There’s no scrubby beads that can irritate sensitive skin. With Ceramide Bright and Vitamin C, skin gets brighter and smoother every day. So happy to be using it again!

After cleansing, I spray Vichy Eau Thermale all over my face and let it sit for a few seconds, and then gently pat my face dry with a towel. I really like this thermal spring water spray! It’s nice and refreshing!

The Vichy Workhorses

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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum,Vichy ProEVEN Dark Spot Corrector,Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir

 

Immediately after patting my face dry, I apply my HOLY GRAIL OF GRAILS hydrating serum, the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum. I can’t live without the stuff. As soon as I stop using it, the texture of my skin changes and starts to flake again. This is another one of those skincare products that has changed my skin for the better! If you haven’t tried this, I urge you pick one up! I’ve even convinced a few of you to give it a try, and hands up if you love it as well! Oh, and Marky LOVES this serum as well. I told Anik that I always have to send it to her since Vichy can be hard to find in California, and Anik and the lovely PR sent me an extra one to pass on to her! She is so happy and thankful!

Vichy ProEVEN Dark Spot Corrector works on ALL the surface layers of the skin to lighten skin discolourations. You can combine it with other serums as well, unlike other spot correcting serums. Most of those you have to use on freshly cleansed skin, but with ProEVEN I can use my Aqualia Thermal serum first, and then apply the Dark Spot Corrector and it will still do its job.  No breakouts at all, and my skin loves the gentle LHA exfoliation. This is a good cream to try if your skin doesn’t get along with glycolic acid or retinols like mine. And it’s awesome for keeping your skin even and bright!

Vichy Neovadiol Magistral Elixir is MAGICAL. It’s intended for those of us in menopause or close to it, but PFFT. I think it’s a great reconstructing anti-aging concentrated oil that happens to have 10% of Omegas 3-6-9. I try a lot of face oils. A LOT. This one is probably the only one that I’ve actually FINISHED a bottle of. YUP. Swear to god. It never breaks me out like most others face oils do. And my skin behaves so much better when I use it. It starts to act younger too! Making it’s own oil! Like in my 30s! Liquid GOLD I tell ya’!

Targeted Moisture

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Vichy LiftActiv Supreme,Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa

 

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa is probably one of the first moisture sleep masks to hit North America two years ago. Now, almost every brand has one, even Avon! I have quite the collection of moisture sleep masks right now, and I’ll have to do a slap-down of them at some point I promise. But this one will always be one of my top faves. I love that I can use it just as a moisturizer during the day, or layer it on and go to sleep and wake up with flake-free skin.

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme is a new moisturizer from Vichy that I really LOVE. This new moisturizer addresses that WHY DO I LOOK OLDER AT 4PM THAN I DID AT 8AM problem that starts to happen after the age of 40. I mean, it may happen when you’re younger too don’t get me wrong, but at my age it becomes really, REALLY noticeable. Formulated with apricot kernel and shea butter, this nourishing cream melts into skin, and immediately gives my skin brightness and firmness that lasts all day. It also helps fight long-term aging as well by reducing the look of wrinkles and increasing skin firmness over time. WIN.

Skin “EXTRAS”

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Normaderm Hyaluspot Targeted Fast Acting Care,Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra Light Lotion SPF50

 

Normaderm Hyaluspot Targeted Fast Acting Care is something new from Vichy that I haven’t tried yet. As I was speaking to Anik, she recommended this be in my Vichy arsenal since I tend to break out still at this transitional period of my life. She also took into account the fact that I exercise pretty much every day, so my skin is sweaty! And that could also contribute to breakouts I experience. And this is a really different acne treatment as it contains hyaluronic acid! WHAT?! Yeah! It creates an invisible “bandage effect” on the surface to protect against external acne aggressors. It also contains salicylic acid and LHA to exfoliate. I’m excited to try this one for sure! And guess what? I actually have a small breakout from being out of town the last couple of days so PERFECT!

I mentioned to Anik that I was having problems finding a sunscreen that didn’t break me out, so she suggested I try Vichy Capital Soleil Ultra Light Lotion SPF50. It’s formulated for oily and combination skins and contains Mexoryl XL, a patented broad spectrum filtering system that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays. It’s also enriched with Vitamin E and grape polyphenols to hydrate skin. I’m excited to add this to my sunscreens I have to test, which btw is another post I have coming up. SO BEHIND in everything right now it’s not even funny…  :(

And there you have it! My personal Vichy Skin Care prescription! #VichyWorksForMe is an awesome idea that I think is quite cool! I really want you to try one of my favourite skincare brands and to see how it can give you your ideal skin! You’ve got nothing to lose, but you’ll finally get your ideal skin I promise! Visit www.vichyworksforme.ca and get started!

Vichy has been, and always will be one of my favourite skincare brands. Almost everything I try from the brand really works for my skin. Do you have a skincare brand that you and your skin love a lot too? 

Get Your Skin Summer Ready With Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk and Cellu Destock Serum Flash

 

It was 21C yesterday in Edmonton, and today it’s supposed to be 18C! That means it’s time to start thinking about showing that skin of ours that’s been hiding in sweaters all winter long! And I have two Vichy products to show you that will definitely help!

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk & Vichy Cellu Destock Serum Flash

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Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk, Vichy Cellu Destock Serum Flash

 Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk is quite different from other body moisturizers you’ve tried before! Why? Well, it has ingredients that are traditionally used in face products! It contains Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and help skin look hydrated and less wrinkled. It also contains LHA which is a micro-exfoliator to help skin look smoother and firmer. But Vichy didn’t just stop there oh no! There’s TEN oils as well in Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk! With Apricot kernel, Passionflower, Corn, Rice Bran, Sunflower, Blackcurrant Pips, Rosehip, Coriander, Macadamia and Jojoba oils. Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk will intensely hydrate as well as make your skin look warm weather ready.

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Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk($22.50) has a milky, fluid-gel texture and as you can see it’s fairly thin and spreads easily. It just melts into skin instantly and you can get dressed right after using it. No greasy basted turkey feel with this one! As you can see, there are mother-of-pearl particles to enhance the skin. They are subtle, but you can see them on your skin. The scent is quite lovely and my nose would describe it as an amber floral, and it does linger for a bit on the skin. But it’s a nice clean smell and nothing overpowering I promise. I think it’s pretty much a perfect moisturizer for warmer weather and worth picking up next time you’re at the drugstore.

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Vichy Cellu Destock Serum Flash, Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

 

Vichy Cellu Destock Serum Flash

Vichy Cellu Destock Serum Flash($50) is also inspired by face care serums and is formulated with 3 powerful active ingredients: 6% pure caffeine, hyaluronic acid & salicylic acid. It also has light reflecting pearls for an instant skin blurring effect. Now, this is no magic potion that’s gonna make you slimmer and cellulite free. Sorry! Believe me, I wish there was a cream that would do that! But combined with exercise, Vichy Cellu Destock Serum Flash will help your skin look smoother and firmer thanks to those ingredients. It will help out the effects of exercise quite a bit, reducing the appearance of cellulite by up to 20% in 14 days. You need to use it twice a day for optimal results, which is usually my problem with these kinds of products. I tend to forget that part! Seriously, you have to be a keener! Putting on a body product twice a day is too much work for me hahaha! So, I can’t really comment on whether the claims are true about cellulite reduction. And honestly, I can’t say this enough: exercise will REALLY make your cellulite look better. So get out there and find something you love to do and you’ll see results I promise! Vichy Cellu Destock absorbs quickly as it’s a thin, caramel tinted serum, so you can immediately get dressed after application as well. But, it does instantly make skin look better by kind of blurring imperfections, which is really cool! It smells a little herbal though, with a hint of mint. Not my fave scent to be honest, but it’s not strong at least and doesn’t last.

Both of these Vichy products well really help get your skin looking good for warmer weather I promise!

Happy Friday everyone! Warmer weather finally! I hope the weather is beautiful where you are too! But to be honest, Edmonton needs a couple of days of really good rain to clean and green things up. Everything looks so…yellow and dirty right now! Where’s the April showers Mother Nature?!

I’m really liking this new body serum trend! The texture is more my style and I actually USE them compared to heavy body butters. Have you tried a body serum yet? 

Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers

If you’re in the market for a new skin primer, then I urge you to check out the new Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers.

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Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers

 

I’m not a huge primer person, but dang! These are GOOD. And there are 10 specially designed primers that target and perfect all skin types, tones and textures. Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers apparently triple the power of your foundation for smoother, more even, and longer lasting make up. How? Well, they contain Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and firm. There’s an ingredient called Vederine that helps your skin look more even. And theres something called Acti Tensor 3D that smooths the skin and makes your makeup last longer.

What’s unique about the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers($43) is that they’re meant to be mixed and matched to get YOUR perfect primer. They’re divided into two categories: Texture and Tone. Five of the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers are designed to address texture-related issues like shine, large pores, fine lines, dryness, and redness. The other five boost radiance for specific skin tones form light to deep.

I have the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers in Redness Correcting and Radiant Primer Blue which is for light skins.

Swatchy Time!

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Yup that’s green. And the other one is blue. Expecting to see some other colours were you? :P

 

These feel pretty amazing for primers. One of the reasons I don’t like primers is that most of them feel so heavy and suffocating because of the silicones. These do have silicones, but feel more like a moisturizer to me. My skin feels like it can breathe when I wear them. And they don’t clog my pores causing breakouts. WIN.

Here’s a before and using the after Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers:

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Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers

You can see that the green in the redness reducing MUFE Skin Equalizer  softens the redness in my skin nicely! It doesn’t get rid of it completely, but when I put my foundation on, I think my skin looks more even-toned for sure! The Radiant Blue is nice too! You can combine it with the other primers, or like I did put a bit on the high points of my face. Here’s a FOTD after makeup in the sun so you can see the radiance and smoothness:

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I really like these Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizers! There’s a hydrating one, and also a nourishing one as well, and those are next on my list to pick up. Those I can use before the redness reducing one. If you have oily skin you can use the mattifying or smoothing one after the redness corrector or any of the radiance ones. I’m telling ya, there’s no easier way to perfect your skin! I say pick one or two up this week during the Sephora Sale! Highly recommended!

Make Up Forever is kicking it this year with all the newness! They were a really great brand before all these product makeovers, but WOW. So many of these new products are becoming Holy Grail for me! They are that good!

Do you use a primer every time you wear make up? I didn’t, but now I sure as heck do! What’s your favourite one?

The Face Cleanser Roll Call

I was cleaning up my bathroom counter yesterday. I LOATHE cleaning the bathroom and leave it until I just can’t take it anymore. I wish I wasn’t like that…but eh. That’s just the way I am. I think part of the reason is that I hope-HOPE someone will clean it for me. But nobody ever does…and part of that reason is that I’m mostly alone these days. With Marky gone and Terry working out of town a lot-who’s going to clean the bathroom for you Tracy?! YOU. That’s who… :P

Well, sad-sack story aside, the plethora of face cleansers on my counter made me laugh and cry at the same time. It also reminded me of Jen@ ProcrastinatingPretty and her post about the cleansers she uses. She had three in rotation. At this moment, I have her beat, EASILY.

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Cleanser Roll Call

Six, count ‘em-SIX facial cleansers. Beauty Junkie, or what? Hahahaha….  :P

But, I have an explanation and a reason why each one is there, and as you can see-I do use them! They’re not just decoration! So, I thought I’d share why I like/love/loathe them, because that’s what I do. :D

The Cleanser Workhorses

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Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser, 3l

The Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser has been a staple for years now. Terry and I both use it. It’s a simple, no fuss foamy cleanser that never, ever dries or strips my skin. Or his. My face feels clean and soft after using it. I use this one after the gym mostly. There’s nothing like a foamy cleanser to make your sweaty, post-workout face feel clean. I also have the A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cleansing Oil in my shower and rotate between the two. To be honest, I prefer the A-Derma, but Terry likes the Cerave so I keep it on the counter.

Since I’m going to be heavily testing sunscreens soon, a cleansing oil is a must to use to make sure the sunscreen is removed from my acne-prone skin. Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil is the one I’m using right now. It’s in the LE packaging from the Mika for Shu Collection. After I use a cleansing oil though, I’ll pretty much always use the Cerave or the A-Derma cleanser, or one of the ones you’ll see below to double cleanse. My skin is finicky and tends to like to hang on to sunscreen like a bad cold, which clogs my pores and causes breakouts galore. Double cleansing makes sure that it’s all off and saves my face…at least that’s my theory…  :P

The Creamy Cleansers

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Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser,Vichy Pureté Thermal 3-in-1 One Step, Avène Tolérance Extrême Cleansing Lotion Cleanser

 

In the morning when I wake up, I like to use a creamy cleanser and these are the ones on my counter. The Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser I’m trying to use up. It’s ok, but as you know I’m not all that fond of it, plus I think it’s just a rather expensive and stinky version of the next two that I love. :P

The Vichy Pureté Thermal 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser is a creamy cleansing milk, toner, and eye makeup remover in one. Now, it won’t take off waterproof eye makeup, but it does a pretty decent job on everyday makeup. It’s a great cleanser and I usually pick it up when there’s a two-for-one special at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Avène Tolérance Extrême Cleansing Lotion is my other favourite no-rinse cleanser. It’s perfect, especially for when my skin is starting to act up. Actually, it’s probably my fave creamy cleanser ever made. I love that it’s hermetically sealed and always sterile…it means it’s always pure and clean and GENTLE. And my skin feels good after using it…clean…soft…calm…moisturized. Plus it doesn’t smell like anything. Worth every single penny. The itchy horsey knows best I swear … :P

Current Sample

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Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel

As a beauty blogger, I’m always testing something. It’s one of the reasons why my face is so persnickety. My face is a guinea pig for my hobby, which of course is my choice, so no need to whine about it! But sometimes, whining makes you feel better, especially when it’s served with a great slice of yummy cheese! :)  Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel was a sample in a Sephora order and I’m kind of enjoying it actually! It’s a gel at first, but then emulsifies into an oil when you add water. It feels nice…calming even. Plus, my skin feels clean and soft even though it does a pretty great job of removing makeup. Almost like I don’t have that MUST DOUBLE CLEANSE FEELING after using it…almost. Could be that I’m just so used to double cleansing after any oil-based cleanser, so I’m still thinking about it. I have one more sample to go through and I’ll know for sure after that! But preliminary results point to a YES.  I LIKE IT.

Sometimes, the reality of being a beauty blogger/beauty junkie is quite eye opening when you realize all the stuff you have. And use. Or DON’T use. Whatever. If I keep getting carded at Disneyland when I order a beer, I know that what I’m doing with my skincare…using..WORKS. So, Suck it Trebek.

How many cleansers are on YOUR counter? C’mon…let’s be honest here…we’re all junkies..sharing is caring!  ;)

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