Over the summer I’ve been trying and using a LOT of different skincare. One brand I was super grateful and excited to try out was For Beloved One, which is a top-selling premium skin care brand from Taiwan.

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For Beloved One

In Canada, you can find For Beloved One products at T&T locations across Canada and also online at YesStyle.ca, and Amazon.ca as well.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Surge Cream($94.99)

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For Beloved One Surge Cream

This is a face cream that can be used daily, morning and evening. It’s kind of the hallmark moisturizer of For Beloved One. It combines trace elements found in minerals with water to activate the skin’s protective mechanisms. So lightweight, this gel melts instantly into skin with a cooling effect. Rich in copper, the malachite essence found in the cream helps to keep moisture in to relieve dryness. There’s also aquaphyline that hydrates skin and forms a protective layer to lock in moisture, which also helps to keep that moisture in your skin. It also contains an interesting ingredient called Exo-H. Exo-H increases the production of hyaluronic acid in the dermis and activates the skin’s self-hydration mechanism by drawing water from the deeper layers of the body to the skin’s surface. As you can tell, everything in this cream is for hydrating and KEEPING your skin hydrated. I REALLY like this one! After a couple of weeks of using the Surge Cream, I noticed that my skin was so well hydrated and not flaky at all. I think any skin type could use this one too, even oily skins. But if you have a oilier skin I’d use it only once a day not twice.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Daily Defense Cream($55)

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For Beloved One DD Cream

A DD Cream! My first one I think! There are three DD creams(rose, peach and lavender), all of which offer skin SPF45.

  • Rose tint adds a healthy skin complexion to fairer skin tones.
  • Peach tint strengthens foundation for a natural and even skin tone.
  • Lavender tint improves dull, sallow and blemished skin.

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening DD Cream contains a revolutionary ingredient, Purisoft® LS 9602, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract. This is really cool science actually! It’s a positive micro-protein that forms a protective membrane on the skin’s surface which carries a micro negative electron. Dirt particles are positive charged, and since like charges repel each other, pollutants and dirt are unable to adhere to the skin! Neat huh? There’s also Aquaphyline in the DD Cream as well, to help retain and replenish moisture.

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For Beloved One Peach DD Cream

I have the peach tint, and I really like it! It does a pretty great job at evening out skin tone and it really brightens it up too. You can kind of feel a protective barrier on your face when wearing it, but it doesn’t leave my face greasy at all. It works well under makeup too as a primer/sunscreen. My only problem with it is that it’s a bit pricey for the amount you get I think. Would I rely on this as JUST my sunscreen? Yup! To effectively cover your face you need at least 1/4 of a teaspoon. And I say at least that much, because it does depend on the dimensions of your face. But also remember that most of us don’t apply ENOUGH sunscreen. So, I always imagine 1/4 of a teaspoon when I dispense SPF into my hand, and that’s what I apply, sometimes more. 1/4 teaspoon is about 1 ml, so that’s about a month and half or so one tube will last. Oh, and the active sunscreen ingredient is Titanium Dioxide which is another plus for me as I prefer mineral sunscreens on my face. Because it is on the pricey side, I prefer to use this on no makeup days, setting it with a bit of powder and that’s it. I’ve just finished the tube I was sent, and have re-purchased another to take with me this week on our 3 week road trip so, that should tell you that I like it a lot.

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask($63)

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For Beloved One

These masks are AMAZING. For me they rank right up there with the Tatcha Sheet masks that I love, but those babies cost $34 each. Definitely special occasion masks only. These are expensive too-you get 3 masks for $63, but $21 per mask is a bit more tolerable. Yeah, I know still expensive! But if you want to whip your skin into shape fast these masks will do that! Made with a web-like fibre that’s actually 1/133 as thick as other sheet masks, they hold a lot of serum which is great. The combination of this fibre with the serum allows the mask to actually hold onto the contours and grooves of your skin, actively seeking out wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a smart mask, and its like getting an extra huge shot of the Surge Cream. It infuses your skin with hyaluronic acid, malachite and copper peptide to energize, hydrate, and firm your skin in 15-20 minutes. I leave my masks on for as long as possible, until I feel there isn’t much product left, and this one I leave a good 45 minutes on. SO SO GOOD you guys. Worth every penny!

For Beloved One is a skincare brand that I’m so glad I got to discover and share with you guys. These three products are top notch. Yes I know, they are on the pricey side. But they work and work well. I’ve scouted out the brand at T&T, and sometimes you can find trial sets so that’s what I would do if you’re interested. When I repurchased the Peach DD Cream, I actually bought it in a set that came with 2 mini DD Creams in lavender and rose which was cool and it didn’t cost more than just getting the DD Cream on its own. So there are deals to be found! Personally, I tend to spend my money these days on skincare, and not on makeup. But that’s me, as I’m more on the side of trying to keep my skin at its best so that I don’t have to wear a lot of makeup as I age. For Beloved One has a few other interesting products that I’d love to try and probably will once I get back from the road trip.

What do YOU spend most of your beauty money on? Skincare? Or Makeup? 

 

Not a review…more of a DISCUSSION about a taboo subject, if you will. Let’s CHAT people.

Did you know that August is National Hair Loss Awareness month? Keranique – the Women’s Hair Growth Experts – has marked National Hair Loss Awareness month with the release of a new consumer survey that sheds light on a concern that affects over 46 million adult women in the United States. SERIOUSLY. That’s a LOT of women you guys. This HUGE number indicates hair loss in women has increased by OVER 50% in the last 10 years from the previously reported number of 30 million women suffering from the condition. As someone entering menopause, I’m noticing some thinning of my hair at the crown and temples as well, so this survey really interested me! So let’s take a look at the results, shall we?  😀

According to the survey:

  • Nearly 40% of U.S. women 18+ have noticed signs of hair loss or thinning
  • Over 50% of US women 58 or older have experienced it
  • That number jumps to over 60% for women age 65

These signs of hair loss include: a widening part, hair being thinner than it used to be, significant signs of overall hair loss, and seeing through to the scalp where they couldn’t before especially in the temples or at the crown of the head.

Who is at risk? Research indicates women in one or more of these 3 categories are more susceptible to hair loss and thinning:

  • Women are 97% more likely (almost twice as likely) to experience signs of hair loss if they have a relative with hair loss compared to those who don’t, and 61% of women who have relatives with hair loss are experiencing symptoms of hair loss.
  • Women who have had chemical treatments are 71% more likely to experience hair loss than those who have not, and over half (58%) of women who have had chemical treatments are experiencing signs of hair loss.
  • Women who have been ill or taking medicine are 81% more likely to suffer from hair loss and thinning than those who have not, and over half (58%) of women who have been ill or taking medicine are experiencing signs of hair loss.

As I read this survey, I’m realizing that I’m in almost every category! My mom experienced thinning hair in her 50s. I started dying my hair in my teens! And dang, my mother always told me that dying my hair was going to make my hair fall out! SHE WAS RIGHT! #whoknew

Unhealthy Hair Habits

It doesn’t help matters that a majority of women (78%) have done or experienced things that can eventually lead to hair loss or thinning issues like having color treated or highlighted their hair (47%), have had chemical treatments such as perms or relaxers (15%) or have had weaves, tight braids or hair extensions (6%).

Don’t Stress (seriously)

Survey data indicates there is a clear connection between stress and hair loss. Women who have been more stressed than usual lately are 32% more likely to experience signs of hair loss than those who have not.

Head in the Sand

Thinning hair or hair loss aren’t topics many women like to talk about. In fact, 80% of women experiencing hair loss don’t talk to their doctor or dermatologist about it, and 66% don’t talk to their hairstylist.

WHY!!! What bothers me most about aging is the fact that women refuse to TALK ABOUT and ACKNOWLEDGE the stuff like this that can happen!! I am completely BAFFLED by this. WHY is it so taboo for us to age??!! Are we just supposed to sit quietly in the corner and accept our fate? And not share experiences? SCREW THAT.

And here comes Tracy to make us TALK ABOUT IT. Because seriously, WHY. NOT. #tiredofthisCRAP

Keranique The Women’s Hair Growth Experts

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Keranique, the Women’s Hair Growth Experts

Keranique, the Women’s Hair Growth Experts, has developed a system of haircare solutions to effectively address the underlying causes of women’s hair thinning and loss. Formulated with its proprietary Keratin Amino Complex™ and the only FDA-approved, clinically proven ingredient to help regrow hair and revitalize hair follicles, the brand’s collection of mild cleansers, gentle conditioners, intensive treatments, and light-weight styling products help nourish the scalp and fortify thinning hair, in order to promote healthy hair growth, protect against hair loss and damage, maximize fullness and create the optimal environment for fuller, thicker, healthier hair.

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Keranique, the Women’s Hair Growth Experts

The kit comes with 4 products: A Shampoo, Conditioner, Regrowth Treatment and Lift and Repair Treatment Spray.

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Keranique, the Women’s Hair Growth Experts

Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo is sulphate-free and helps to promote microcirculation while reducing build-up to help strengthen and thicken hair. The Keranique Volumising Keratin Conditioner is infused with Keratin and peptides! It’s lightweight, yet does a great job of conditioning. It helps reduce frizz, which MAN why is it so much worse when it’s hot out??!! It also ament is the sreaelps to reduce breakage and mend split ends without weighing hair down. GOOD STUFF. Smells good too!

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The Keranique Regrowth treatment is the star product here. It’s designed to work specifically with a women’s chemistry with clinically proven ingredients to regrow and revitalize hair follicles. And you just spray onto your affected areas 2X/day. EASY. And that directional nozzle makes it SO easy too–my hair loss is mainly at my widow’s peak and where I part my hair, so this makes it so easy to target those areas.

The Keranique Lift & Repair Treatment Spray is the last step that adds instant protection, shine and volume to your hair. It’s heat activated, and helps to protect your hair from the effects of heat styling. Now for me, I don’t really need this one, as I air dry my hair. And if you are like me, then don’t worry about this one as it’s just a great smoother.

The thing about hair regrowth products like Keranique is that they take TIME before you see results. So, do you remember your high school biology at all? Remember the stages of cell mitosis? IPMATI Pretty Model Am Terriffic-that’s how I remembered them LOL-Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase. Well, Anagen is the active growth phase of hair follicles during which the root of the hair is dividing rapidly, adding to the hair shaft. MORE HAIR that means. During this phase the hair grows about 1 cm every 28 days. Scalp hair stays in this active phase of growth for 2–7 years and is genetically determined. So, to see some results? TAKES TIME. And GOOD HAIR GENES. Yeah, sorry but if your parents had thinning hair as they aged? So will you. Probably. I mean, maybe you got your grandmother’s good hair genes and skipped a generation. LUCKY YOU.

Most people will see results and changes using the Keranique System after 24 weeks. One of these packs is a month’s worth of product. So that means, if you’re willing to commit to 6 packs of Keranique, you’ll notice some hair regrowth after that. Maybe. Which I know, that’s some kind of COMMITMENT. Especially for a maybe. Personally, my hair loss isn’t so bad that I’m willing to commit and shell out $50 X 6 times before I see results, but if it were? Heck yes I’d be investing in this. $300 is a small price to pay if it works for me, which is what I’m trying to say in this really long blog post hahaha. I can’t tell you if it works for sure, as this one month supply is all that was sent for me to show and talk about about. But, if I was really having severe bald spots? I’d give Keranique a shot for sure. And in the future? If things get worse? I will. Yup. It’s my hair and I LIKE having it. And I’m sure you feel the same. #WhatIsItWorthForYou

Are you in menopause or close to it and noticing some changes in your hair as well?

With Marky home for just a couple of more weeks, I’ve been shopping a bit more than usual. More so for her as I like to stock her up(and maybe spoil her) as much as I can before she heads back to California. If we can get something here that she uses or needs, it’s by all means better for my wallet because of the lousy exchange rate. But of course, a few things slip into my shopping basket that are for ME hahaha!

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Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502 Lines and Last Night($57)

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Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502 Lines and Last Night

Man, I love this New Marc Jacobs Air Blush! I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it. The colour is a perfect peachy pink and the texture is sublime. It’s a powder that just melts into the skin and blends so easily and perfectly onto cheeks. There’s just the right amount of glow and it lasts all day. I’d love to get another, but seriously this is HUGE and how many more blushes does this blush fiend need? Don’t answer that question  😛

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RMS Unpowder, Clinique Chubby In The Nude, MAC Velvetease, Marc Jacobs Air Blush

The RMS Unpowder is something I’ve been using a lot this summer. This is the tinted version in 01, but it’s the same powder as the untinted one. It’s so fine and virtually invisible on the skin, but boy does it ever minimize pores and does a great job at setting foundation and keeping my t-zone shine free. Plus I love that it’s talc free, silicone free, perfume free and paraben free.

Clinique Chubby In The Nude($29) was a why not I’ll try it kind of purchase, and I actually really like it a lot. This is the lightest shade 02 Abundant Alabaster which isn’t very alabaster at all. If you are paler than me which at the moment I am NC20 in MAC talk, then unfortunately you won’t find a shade to match. It’s creamy, blends easily with fingers and looks natural on the skin. It’s not full coverage, but is buildable to medium coverage I’d say. And that’s why I like it because it’s NOT full coverage like most foundation sticks. Like have you swatched that new Hourglass one? HOOWEE loads of mask-like pigment baby! Not for me at all! I like using this Chubby Stick to just even out my skin tone a bit and cover up redness, and it does that perfectly for me. I do like setting it with a bit of the RMS Unpowder though, and it lasts for the day. Fast and easy!

MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil in the shade Anything Goes is AMAZING. If you can still find this in stores then grab it. Matte, comfy, so easy to apply, lasts FOREVER without drying my lips-I’ve ordered a back up already. It’s the perfect pinky red shade!

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Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502, Clinique Chubby In The Nude Abundant Alabaster, RMS Unpowder, MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil Anything Goes

See how the Marc Jacobs Air Blush just blends into the skin seamlessly? You have to try one.

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Wearing Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502, Clinique Chubby In The Nude Abundant Alabaster, MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil Anything Goes

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector Light Bisque 2
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This is a great dark circle corrector that’s creamy, which is perfect for my aging eyes.

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Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector Light Bisque 2

You don’t need a lot, so be careful when you dab it on because the doe foot pulls a LOT of product out. And I am NOT one of those crazies that puts a ton of concealer under my eyes. Personally, I just use two dots just on my darkness, and then blend with either my fingers or the tiny tip of my beauty blender and that’s it. The peachy shade does a great job at brightening up my eyes which lately I need as for some reason I haven’t been sleeping all that well.

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I repurchased the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist($58). What can I say, I like it. A lot! I love using this especially when I shower in the evening but it’s still too early to put my nighttime skincare on. I spray this on my face and it soothes my dry skin just enough that I don’t feel the need to put any serums or creams on until I go to bed a couple of hours later. It works for me.

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The Hylamide C25 Stabilized Vitamin C Booster($38) is a staple in my skincare routine, and now in Marky’s as well as she loves it and stole mine. It’s a great, affordable Vitamin C serum that works pretty well at lightening up spots and acne marks. This is a new bottle for me, plus I got another for Marky to take with her to college.

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And lastly, the Murad Clarifying Wipes($22) I repurchased to take with me on The College Road Trip #2. Yeah, we are driving Marky back to California. Again haha. You see, she’s moving into a new apartment September 1 and we are helping her AGAIN. But we’re also suckers for road trips and loved the last college road trip, so it was a unanimous decision to do it again. Although, we are going a different route this time on the way there, so that’ll be fun. I think. Is Utah fun? You tell me LOL! Anyways, I like having these wipes in my backpack to refresh my face in hot sweaty weather. Terry likes them too and will use one when I offer him one, so that’s something. And I find wiping my face when it’s hot and sweaty really makes a difference in breakouts appearing. Plus, it’s a good way to make sure you reapply sunscreen again!

What are some of your recent shopping loves? Or Repurchases? And have you any ideas about things to do and see in Salt Lake City? 

Me: Hey Terry, so what do you think of the Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo?

Terry: What Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo?

Me: The one I put in the shower for you to try?

Terry: I didn’t see it.

Me: It’s RIGHT THERE ON THE FRONT SHELFIE THING.

Terry: Oh. I didn’t see it. I’ve just been using the stuff in the white bottle.

Me: HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE IT? It’s BLACK. AND IT’S RIGHT THERE. And it says MENS on it? And what white bottle? The only white-ishy looking bottle in the shower right now is a Live Clean Argan Oil Shower Gel? And I sure hope you haven’t been washing your hair with that??!!

He never answered my question, so we will NEVER KNOW now.  😛

SHEEEEEEEESH… men. Seriously. Or maybe just my man haha. It’s hard to get him to try anything new. He’ll keep wearing socks and underwear with holes in them until I finally see them. You see, he’ll do the laundry sometimes which is a YAY, but now I’m thinking it’s because he doesn’t want me to SEE the holes. Because when I see them, I throw them out! The dude just doesn’t like change. But he finally did try the new Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo, and… BY GEORGE, HE LIKES IT!

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Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo and Classic Clean Shampoo

Live Clean Mens Classic Clean Shampoo and Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo are terrific products that will get your guy’s(or gal’s) hair looking and smelling good whilst tackling any scalp issues he may have. I don’t know about your better half, but mine has a LOT of hair and it grows really fast too. He needs a hair cut every month and I’m not kidding about that. And when his hair gets too thick and too much, it suffocates his scalp and problems start to appear-like flaky skin and breakouts too. That’s not a healthy scalp at all.

Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo and Classic Clean Shampoo are designed to cleanse, moisturize and condition the scalp with Power Tech3™, Live Clean’s proprietary blend of Organic Tea Tree Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil and Organic Jojoba Oil. Organic Tea Tree Oil has astringent and anti-bacterial properties to help deep cleanse your guy’s scalp. Organic Peppermint Oil stimulates the scalp, leaving it ever-so-slightly tingling and bringing all that good healing blood flow to the scalp. And Organic Jojoba Oil is there to naturally moisturize the scalp. Those three organic oils will fight flakes, control oil, and improve the health of your busy guy’s scalp. Or busy girl because hey, I tried the 2-in-1 and it was really nice after an extra sweaty Zumba class! My scalp felt really refreshed! As for the conditioning, well it wasn’t bad either, but I have curly hair so I added some leave-in-conditioner and all was good!

Some guys don’t need a conditioner after they wash their hair, so Live Clean Classic Clean Shampoo is for them. Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo does it all, adding just the right amount of conditioner without weighing down your man’s hair. Both have a great scent too-it’s clean, and slightly woodsy, without being SMACK DUDE smelling, if ya’ know what I mean. It’s subtle and fresh, which a guy likes. Some guys don’t want their hair smelling like mango. I know I don’t like my hair smelling like mango either. These shampoos smell good.

And again, like I always like to point out: ALL Live Clean products are: Natural, Plant Derived, SLS/Sulfate Free, Petroleum Free, DEA Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free, Silicone Free, Phthalate Free, Phosphate Free, Pure Vegan, Never Tested on Animals, and the packaging is made from Recyclable, Biodegradable Ingredients.

And so, guess what? Because I love Live Clean so much and Live Clean loves me too, they’ve graciously donated 3 sets of Live Clean Mens 2 in 1 Shampoo and Classic Clean Shampoo to Giveaway! WAHOOOO, right? Right!

Just enter using the easy Rafflecopter Widget below. The giveaway will be open for 1 week, and you MUST be a Canadian Resident with a valid Canadian mailing address to enter.

Good luck!

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I’m sure you’ve all seen the whole POWER OF MAKEUP videos all over the internets….I know, they’re a few months old, and I’m a bit late to this little GAME… 😛  it’s all just a game, you realize that by now I hope? Yes.

And of course, I support the whole makeup makes me feel better movement…BLAH, BLAH, BLAH… BUT.

BUT.

Must we REALLY wear SO MUCH of it to make ourselves feel better?

I know I don’t have to. And I’m gong to show you that neither do YOU. Because for CRIPES sake you guys… I am 49.5 years old…if you are anywhere’s UNDER that number? You really DON’T need to wear a ton of makeup.

Me. NO MAKEUP. NONE. Going to Zumba in the morning like I do pretty much every day.
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I like my face without makeup, and if you know me, I often go out and about without anything on my face. In fact, I met one of my readers for the first time and who has become a good friend btw without a STITCH of makeup on my face…ok lie…I was wearing a bright pink matte lipstick that I shared with her….but still…nothing else was on my face. That’s how comfy I am in my own skin. It’s MY skin…and I take damn good care of it! I am never scared to leave the house without any makeup on my face. #OwnIt

BUT, heck… I am a beauty blogger. I like makeup! And just a TINY bit of makeup? Makes just that much of difference for me.

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All I’m wearing is a bit of foundation-Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion Makeup in case you are wondering, and I LOVE it….if you want a full review let me know in the comments and I shall obey. Also mascara-I find mascara really makes me look wide awake. Also BLUSH. Hey, once a blush fiend, always a blush fiend! I do have a natural rosy cheek, but if I wear foundation, I really do like adding back that colour to my cheeks…it just makes me look younger, right? NO CONTOUR. NO HIGHLIGHT. NO COLOUR CORRECTOR. None of that crap is what I use in my every day makeup.

Also, just a bit of lip balm…most days that’s all I wear when I’m out. Although lately, I really have been enjoying a lot of lipsticks and wearing them, because I just don’t wear eyeshadows anymore. I give up man. I don’t care anymore about new releases, I don’t want to care, and I don’t buy them or any palettes anymore. DONE. Like a good steak dinner I am done. I just don’t see the point of them now. With my aging, hooded eyes, you won’t see any eyeshadow, right? So WHY bother? Yeah, that’s my view now. Waste of time and money for me. But hey-you do YOU and I’ll do ME, right? It’s just makeup, and it’s all fun in the end.

So, there you go…what just a LITTLE bit of makeup can do for you. And I don’t mean to dis the whole LOADS of makeup movement…wait…maybe I do HAHAHA. I am really, REALLY tired of all the LOADS of makeup I see on such young and pretty faces these days. It’s alarming! And I don’t understand it at all?! If someone can enlighten me and explain it all, please do so??!!  I’m a true GEN-X, and if you are like me, then you also don’t get the whole I WANNA BE LIKE so and so that’s going on these days. My generation was all all about being an individual and doing YOU and not listening to THE MAN…hahaha I guess now I’m talking about the makeup man! Why does everyone want to conform so badly and look the same? What is driving this insanity? Why aren’t girls happy with their faces? IT BOTHERS ME SO MUCH.

I’d really like to know what you think. I have my own thinks, but I want to hear YOUR thoughts. Let’s chat about makeup these days and what’s going on. Maybe you have some thoughts that I haven’t thunk! SHARE.

I’ve seen a few Summer Favourites posts lately like Larie’s and Monika’s,  so I thought I’d do one too even though I HATE summer lol. #HowLongUntilWinterIsBack

Summer Faves

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Summer Faves featuring Our Theory Of Brushed Rose Gold Watch

1. Our Theory Of Brushed Rose Gold Watch

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Our Theory Of Brushed Rose Gold Watch $125

Do you still wear watches? I do! I guess I’m old school because I love a good watch. And right now I’m in love with Our Theory Of Brushed Rose Gold Watch. It’s simple in design, but yet sophisticated in it’s simplicity.
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Our Theory Of Brushed Rose Gold Watch just goes with everything and anything. I adore the brushed rose gold stainless steel case, and the leather strap is soft and comfortable. The black face is elegant, and wow the glass is shiny! Look at that sky reflection! I love that Our Theory Of Watches put rose gold markers for the numbers too-I don’t care for faceless watches. I need some kind of visual markers to tell the time! And this is a watch built to last with Swiss Quartz Movement too. Our Theory Of ships worldwide FREE as well, and all of the watches in this first Pioneer Collection are classically elegant and Unisex too. Check them out here!

FYSH UK Sunglasses

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FYSH UK Sunglasses

If you wear glasses, then you’ve probably seen FYSH frames at your optician. Marky has had 2 pairs of their frames. So when I found out that they made sunglasses now? Easy sell! These are the F-2006-212 Marble and I love them! Right now I just wear them as is with contacts, but I’m debating about getting prescription lenses put in because as I get older, I wear contacts less and less. Find a local retailer that sells FYSH frames HERE.

Biotherm Eau Oceane Eau de Toilette Spray
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Hands down my favourite fragrance when it’s hot outside, and by far the best one that captures that ocean freshness. It’s aquatic, breezy, and light enough to use a body mist. I’m almost out and will be repurchasing another one soon!

Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer

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I don’t wear a lot of makeup in the summer, but I have been reaching for this guy. Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer is a gel bronzer that has little beads of different bronze shades that burst when rubbed onto your skin. It’s kind of neat!

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I know this swatch looks scary, but trust me it ends up blending and kind of matching your skin tone to give you a perfect summer glow. Nothing orange at all.
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On days when it’s really hot and I can’t be bothered with foundations, I just use this to even out my skin a bit and slap on a sheer pink lipstick and that’s it.

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Wearing Givenchy Mister Radiant Bronzer and my FYSH UK sunglasses! Lipstick is Urban Decay Vice Obsessed(Sheer)

I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying it! It’s just so easy and you all know I like easy a lot!

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

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When it’s not so hot out, I’ve been reaching for an oldie but a goodie, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I think this is my third tube of this stuff?! It has SPF 30 which is great, and has light to medium coverage that still looks like skin and not makeup. My dry skin really loves it and I give up on trying and buying any other TMs or BB creams. Why bother when this one works so well for me? Right now I’m in the shade Fiji, but I also have Alaska for winter. I hope they never quit making it!

Liquid Lipsticks
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I’ve been really liking these two liquid lipsticks, Anastasia Liquid Lipstick In Soft Lilac and Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Lover.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick In Soft Lilac $26

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These are matte, matte MATTE and a true traditional liquid lipstick. I really like the formula, but it does get a bit dry feeling on your lips after a couple of hours. It’s not bullet-proof and I find that it does kind of wear off a bit on the inner centre of my lower lip. But as far as matte liquid lipsticks goes this one is one of the better out there that’s for sure. I’d love to get another, but my problem with the line is that the shades are so WEIRD. Like how many freakin’ brown and taupe shades does a person want or need in liquid lipstick form? I wish they’d stop kowtowing to instagram trends and just make some wearable freakin’ shades.

Buxom Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Lover $28
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These have kind of a mediocre rating on Sephora with some people saying they apply patchy. This shade Lover doesn’t, so I’m thinking it might be certain shades that are like that. As you can tell from the name, they have a mousse texture, and take a while to dry down if at all. Buxom Wildly Whipped Lipsticks are not like the Anastasia one at all. They are not transfer resistant. But it’s way more comfortable and I really like this pretty rose shade a lot. The texture reminds me of the Shu Uemura Gelato lip/cheek things that came out a couple of years ago actually. Now I’m wondering if I can use this on my cheeks too! #havetotestthatout

Grilled Veggies
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I love grilled anything, but grill veggies and even Marky will eat them! No vegetable is off limits for us, and carrots are really yummy grilled! And we are trying to eat more veggies and less meat, so bring on the grilled veggies!

Gap 1969 Slip On Sneakers

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I got these on sale for about $17.99 and I love them. So comfy. I have another pair-pink ones I got 2 years ago that are getting worn out because I wear them so much. These aren’t as neutral, but hey the price was right. I see The Gap has their fall ones available now and if I can get them on sale, I’ll probably get another pair because I love them that much! #bringonthefallclothes

SummerSoles Ultra Absorbent Stay Dry Liners

Our Theory Of Brushed Rose Gold Watch.jpgI have sweaty feet, I really REALLY do. Most of my shoes have these liners in them and they really make a difference for me. They peel and stick and depending on how much you wear your shoes, last a good while before you need to replace them. Every summer I purchase about 5 pairs of SummerSoles to put in my summer shoes and I’m good to go. If you’re Canadian you can order them online HERE and in the USA you can order them HERE. And I’m pretty sure they’re available in the UK as well.

When is summer over? 😛  I can hardly wait until it’s over. I know, I know…I’m a freak.

What are some of your summer favourites?

 

I don’t even know where to start with this blog post?! It’s not often that I’m blown away by something that my mind gets so jumbled up and honestly? All that I want to type right now is:

BUY THIS. BUY IT ALL. BUY. IT.

Let’s start with Tova Langhans, the creator of  T•LANGHANS Eco~Luxury Body Care, and my new favourite person in the beauty world. And I want her beautiful lips.

Tova Langhans

Tova Langhans

Tova started her business making handmade Castille Soaps out of just 5 ingredients. Her philosophy is, “Use only what’s natural and what’s necessary to make an exceptional product”. And WOW, I’m telling you everything she makes is exceptional. #fanforLIFE

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T•LANGHANS CARES Box

Now, you can find these exceptional products in spas and hotels across Canada, but Tova’s products cause such a stir when someone tries them, that she has launched a subscription box called T•LANGHANS CARES, or the T•L•C Box. 😀  Tova has designed the T•L•C Box to give members the ultimate bathing experience from head to toe.

  • T•L•C only contains full size products made by Tova
  • It is delivered quarterly
  • 9% of the proceeds go to a cause chosen by the T•L•C Community-SickKids is this quarter’s cause
  • T•L•C Members have the option of being part of her Focus Group where they can suggest new products they’d like to see developed (LIP BALM TOVA PLEASE) and also receive samples before they go to market

Each T•L•C Box has a retail value of $225, but with the T•L•C Subscription it’s only  $148 +  Free Shipping. I’m freakin’ signing up ASAP. Each box contains a Cleansing Hair Conditioner, Castile Shower Gel, Sugar Polish, Liquid Castile Hand Soap, Hand & Body Cream, Cuticle Oil, and a Hotel Soap Collection of 4 Castile Bars. And as time goes on, I’m sure Tova will add products she develops as well for members to try. LIP BALM TOVA PLEASE. #hahaha #ImABrat

T•LANGHANS Cleansing Hair Conditioner

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T•LANGHANS Cleansing Hair Conditioner

When I say this is the BEST Cleansing Hair Conditioner I’ve tried, I mean it’s the BEST Cleansing Hair Conditioner I’ve tried. HOLY GEEZE my hair loves this stuff. Tova promised me that it wouldn’t strip my rainbow hair colour and to be honest, I’ve heard THAT a million times before so I wasn’t gonna hold her to that promise. But this is the first time someone telling me that actually was truth. No pink going down the shower drain after 5 days now. In fact, the pink in my hair looks brighter?!! What kind of witchcraftery is this stuff? Virgin Coconut Oil my friends, that’s what it’s all about. This is a true Cleanisng Conditioner, and has no foaming action at all. My grey, coloured, curly hair loves this stuff so much! And what is so refreshing is that Tova tells you that every once in awhile, you should use a clarifying treatment. You just need to figure out how often your hair needs to have a clarifying treatment between washes-the oilier your hair, the sooner you’ll probably have to use another shampoo. Tova’s family uses Live Clean Shampoos in between, and HELLLOOOOoooo to my other fave hair brand! That’s a big endorsement right there for me coming from Tova! Me and my curly hair can go for a good week before needing to use a Live Clean Shampoo, but it all depends on how much Zumba I do and how much I sweat. Like Tova says-it’s all up to you and what your scalp and hair need to feel good. All I know is that my hair has never looked so bright, so frizz-free, and feel so CLEAN too. Awesome stuff! And if you want to just try this product, it’s on sale right now. #hurryHURRY

T•LANGHANS LIQUID CASTILE SHOWER GEL

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T•LANGHANS LIQUID CASTILE SHOWER GEL

With the same ingredients as the Handmade Castille soaps, this shower gel is so gentle and leaves your skin clean-almost squeaky clean, yet somehow soft. And it smells so GOOD too-the one I have is lavender and it’s so nice and soothing. I see Tova has a Bergamot one, and you all know I’m a self-proclaimed Bergamot whore, so Imma’ gonna’ need that one!

T•LANGHANS SUGAR POLISH

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T•LANGHANS SUGAR POLISH

WOW. Just WOW. I’m in love with this stuff. Sugar, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Virgin Olive Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Honey, Essential Oils-all of that good stuff just leaves your skin so smooth and soft! And you don’t need a moisturizer after either, which this hot and flashy menopausal lady is so ever thankful for! Sometimes all it takes is a heavy moisturizer and BOOM HOT FLASH. If I can use something like this in the shower to moisturize so that I don’t hot flash? I’m all for it. And this stuff is IT.

The HÔTEL Collection Castille Soaps

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The HÔTEL Collection Castille Soaps

Patchouli, Lemongrass, Vanilla, Frankincense & Myr-AHHHHHHhhhhhhh it’s like soap heaven you guys! The main ingredients are Virgin Olive Oil and Goat’s milk so you know these are moisturizing. They’re so smooth and soft and melty, and lather up like nobody’s business. LOVE. My hubby Terry especially loves these soaps-they leave you feeling so clean it’s amazing.

LIQUID CASTILE AND HAND & BODY CREAM and LIQUID SOAP

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The liquid hand soap is amazing and Marky’s poor eczemic hands adore it. I’m going to have to make sure she takes some with her when we drive her back to dry and hot California. But the body cream HOOWEE so good. SO so SO good. The musky-lemony smell is everything, and I can’t stop feeling how soft my arms are right now.

T•LANGHANS Cuticle Oil

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T•LANGHANS Cuticle Oil

No secret that I don’t really take care of my nails what-so-ever. But this cuticle oil is divine, and makes my gnarly cuticles look NICE. And that’s something right there you guys. Get it. T•LANGHANS Cuticle oil softens and nourishes your cuticles using a special blend of Sunflower Seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Blood Orange Oil, Lavender Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Rosemary Oil and Vitamin E Oil. Oh, and if you just want to order this, it’s only $16 for the full size. WHAT.

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T•LANGHANS CARES Box

Again, you get ALL of these products in the T•LANGHANS CARES Box, and ALL of them are FULL SIZES. No samples at all people. Nope. Everything is luxurious and fresh-in fact Tova told me that she was going to make a fresh batch of Cleansing Conditioner before my box was sent to me! My skin and hair feel amazing this week, and it’s because I’ve been testing these products and I adore each and every one of them. They are so good that I’m hemming and hawing at having to make a break from using them to have to test other crap  products out.  😛

Order your T•LANGHANS CARES Box HERE . It’ll be the best decision you’ve made in ages. And get ready for the best showers you’ve ever had! If you want to be a founding member of this amazing subscription box service, then know that founding Members receive a FREE 500ml Cleansing Hair Conditioner in every box. But you need to subscribe by August 1st to be a founding member so hurry! Oh, and hey, if you live in the USA, you can order as well as they will ship down south too.

Have you used something new lately that has just blown you away?I can’t stop feeling how soft my arms are right now HAHA.