College Beauty and Skincare With Aveeno

My heart hurts today. Today is Marky’s dorm move in day at CalARTS.

When I told Aveeno that Marky was leaving for college and how sad/happy I was, my favourite brand sent her a college Aveeno Beauty basket. I love Aveeno. They are amazing.
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I thought I’d go over some of the products that are perfect for college beauty. Maybe you also have a daughter/son going away to college and your heart hurts too. And like me, I bet your wallet hurts too! College here in the USA is WOW, a whole ‘nother level of BROKE. Thank goodness my dear brother and his wife are helping us out. We are forever grateful and can’t say how much it means to us. Family is EVERYTHING you guys. But yes, what I’m trying to say here is that seriously, college costs a lot of $$$. Even in Canada. And Aveeno products are oh so great, and oh so affordable. Load them students up with Aveeno is a GOOD idea all ’round.
First, there’s MY favourite Aveeno Shampoo and Conditioner, which is ALSO Marky’s favourite as well. Like mother, like daughter I guess! When Aveeno found out that little tidbit, they made sure she was all set for first semester with enough of her favourites.

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Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner is our Holy Grail shampoo. I’ve even brought it to use in the hotels on our college road trip here to California. Both of us can’t live without them and you can read my review about how much I/we love them HERE.

Let’s talk Aveeno Cleansers for a bit, shall we?

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser, Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub

Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser helps improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. It contains moisture-rich soy extract and lifts away dirt, oil and makeup without overdrying and is gentle enough for everyday use. It’s also oil free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Perfect for ANY college-bound child to use every day! It’s one of the few foaming cleansers Marky can use because it’s not drying at all. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub is also made with moisture-rich soy extract, but also has microbeads to gently exfoliate while cleansing, leaving skin soft, smooth and even looking. It’s gentle enough to use on her sensitive, dry skin.

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads are dual-textured cleansing pads that help improve skin tone, texture and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. These are SO great for the shower. They are wet, so all you do is add a little bit of water and they foam right up. They’re like a washcloth with built in cleanser! So gentle too. Here in the USA you can even get them with Salicylic Acid to help clear up acne. Whenever I cross the border, I pick up a couple of those ones for sure. Lucky Marky can get them whenever she wants now!

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Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes help rebalance sensitive skin with Calming Feverfew, an ingredient related to chamomile. They smell SO good, and are soft too. They remove makeup and leave skin felling so refreshed. And calm. LOVE.

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Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF30,Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydrating Night Cream

Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF30 is an awesome daily moisturizer that has great sun protection too and it won’t cause any breakouts at all. And you’re NEVER to young to start thinking about anti-aging and using a really good night cream! Aveeno Fresh Essentials Hydrating Night Cream helps replenish skin’s natural moisture barrier while your college student sleeps. They’ll wake up to skin that feels refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on another day!

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Aveeno Active Naturals Anti-Itch Cream

Marky has eczema, so Aveeno Active Naturals Anti-Itch Cream is perfect to have in her college beauty kit. Not only does it have Aveeno’s special Triple Oat Complex, it also contains aloe and vitamin E. It provides temporary relief from the itching associated with minor skin irritations, inflammation, rashes due to eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, insect bites, poison ivy/oak/sumac, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, or jewelry. ALL of which Marky gets. Thank you Aveeno for this little tube of WONDER. It’ll be used a lot I’m sure!

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Aveeno Hydropsport Sunscreen Spray , Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream

Speaking of eczema, Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream is the ONLY hand cream Marky uses. It doesn’t irritate her eczema at all, never burns or stings, but soothes it  in fact. She can’t live without it! And sunscreen of course. Aveeno sunscreen is the BEST if you have sensitive skin. I’ve talked about the Aveeno Hydropsport Sunscreen Spray HERE, and it’s fabulous. One of Marky’s first college assignments is going to the LA Zoo to draw animals. This sunscreen is going to come in handy that day for sure!

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Aveeno Postively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash, Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash, Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel

Some of Marky’s favourite Aveeno Shower products are next! Aveeno Postively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash has natural exfoliants of rice beads and walnut shells to help remove dull skin. None of those plastic beads that clog up lakes so no worries! After her shower, skin feels soft and smooth. Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash is a soothing body wash that has a calming effect to help that college student relax in the shower while cleansing and moisturizing at the same time. It’s soap free and dye free so it’s gentle enough to use even on sensitive skin. Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel is a rich, lubricating gel that has no added fragrance, so it’s ideal for sensitive or irritated skin that’s prone to razor bumps. It gives a close, smooth shave with less irritation, while a special blend of moisturizing lubricants to help moisturize skin and reduce dryness. Such a good shave cream you guys! You need to try it if you use one!

Well, thanks to Aveeno Marky is all set for college! So forever grateful to them. Now, I just have to get used to not having that red head around all the time.  She’s been with me for for 21 years now you guys. Letting go I must do, but I don’t have to like it. Because I don’t. It sucks. Big time. My heart is going to need some time to get used to this… but I’m not sure it ever will.

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*products sent by the lovely people at Aveeno. I am an Aveeno Active Naturals Ambassador and proud of it!

New Vasanti Lipshine Shades And A Giveaway Too!

It’s Friday! And it’s the long weekend too! Last days of summer baby! Let’s celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

Vasanti is a Canadian beauty brand founded by three amazing Canadian women that offers a wide range of products that encourage women to enhance their natural beauty by increasing skin radiance and glow. And I’m all about the glow lately! Bring it! You can get Vasanti Cosmetics makeup and skin care products online at vasanticosmetics.com birchbox.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and in select high end Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada. It’s a really great brand and for those of you living outside of Canada, I highly encourage you to try something if you have the chance!

Let’s get back to the giveaway. Just the goods Tracy :D Vasanti has just released 4 new universally-flattering Lipshine shades. Vasanti Lipshines are really nice glosses! They are a wind-proof, cake-proof formula that provides luminous long lasting and are not sticky at all. They contain Vitamin E and are lovely and creamy on the lips. Oh, and they are paraben and mineral oil and petrolatum free!

The new shades of Vasanti Lipshines are oh so pretty and are named after rivers around the world:
St. Lawrence-Cool Lavendar Pink
Belle River-bright coral peach
Rio Grande-nude beige
River Finn-bright plum

And guess what! Vasanti has so graciously sponsored a giveaway for Beauty Reflections readers! 3 readers will win a prize package including a mason jar filled with 4 Lipshines and matching jelly beans. LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS!! AND YUMMY TOO!

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Vasanti Lipshine

So, ya wanna win one? Here’s the rules! You got one week to enter, and I’m sorry but it’s open just to my fellow Canadian beauties. Sorry international babes, but stay tuned for next week! I got something EXTRA SPECIAL coming up I promise!

Just use the Rafflecopter widget to enter and good luck!

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

I think it’s time for me to start showing you all The Clarins Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection, hey? And doesn’t the whole ‘ladylike’ theme sound kind of chic and effortlessly beautiful?

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones($42) from The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection is a new and permanent addition to the line. It’s a gorgeous neutral palette that will make any neutral shadow lover’s heart beat faster.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones is a typical Clarins mineral eye shadow palette. They are wet/dry eyeshadows. Use them dry and they are light in pigment and very natural. I personally don’t like using their mineral eyeshadows dry all that much to be honest. I find them a little hard to work with and rather disappointing in texture sometimes. I much prefer using them wet, as they work so much better that way. And especially with a neutral-toned palette like this. Used dry, there’s not a lot of difference in tone when you apply the shadows, but wet? Pure neutral shadow JOY.

Swatchy Time! I actually did swatch the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones dry over a primer, so you can see that they do have decent pigmentation used dry. And if you do use them dry, a stickier eye primer like a MAC Paint Pot works better fyi.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones

A ladylike, natural eyeshadow look is really easy to do with the Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones. And I did do a simple one for you, using the eyeshadows dry. Very ladylike and great for every day use.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones From The Ladylike Fall 2014 Collection

But I’m Tracy. And I don’t really do ladylike looks all that much. Give me a neutral palette, and I tend to go in the opposite direction of ladylike and look like I’m a grungy Nirvana video extra. Oh, and I did use the eyeshadows wet, because I think that adds to the grunge look. And man, that taupe just shines when you use it wet! Look at how amazing it looks blown out on my bottom lash line.

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Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones

The Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette No.13 Skin Tones is available right now from Clarins counters all over the country.

 Whaddaya’ think? Does this neutral eye palette offering appeal to you? Or is it just another neutral palette lost in the sea of Nakeds and Neutrals that have flooded the market thanks to Urban Decay?

*product sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Mark Wonderfleur Fragrance Collection

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Mark Wonderfleur Fragrance

The new limited edition Mark Wonderfleur Fragrance Collection(on sale for $28!) is out right now and I think you should scoop it up quick! It’s a fun, feminine floral that’s quite perfect to wear for the beginning of fall.
Top Notes: Apple Blossom, Meadow Dew, Mandarin Flower
Middle Notes: Wild Freesia, Fresh-picked Daisies, Purple Pansy
Base Notes: Pillowy Musk, Dandelion Feathers, Forest Woods

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Mark Wonderfleur Fragrance

When I wear Mark Wonderfleur, it makes me feel like I’m walking through an apple orchard and a meadow of wild flowers on a warm, sunny, early fall day. And of course, I’m munching on an apple from the bunch I’ve picked to make a pie with! It’s always about the food people. :D Always!

As the weather starts to cool, I tend to move away from floral fragrances, but Mark Wonderfleur Fragrance is just so cool and different enough with the apple blossoms in it that I can’t help loving it! The Mark Wonderfleur Body Cream is just as lovely smelling and perfect for layering under the eau de toilette spray for some added longevity. And with both of them on sale right now, you just can’t go wrong! Call your local Avon Rep, or order online at www.avon.ca.

When do you start to change your fragrance for the season? It’s still to early for me to wear the heavier fragrances I enjoy in fall, so something like this one is perfect. I want to smell fall, but not full-blown fall quite yet, if ya’ know what I mean! Especially on this trip because HOLY MOLY why you so hot right now Portland? It was 36 Celsius here today. It’s like the hot weather just likes to follow me around and taunt me… Thank goodness we’re heading to San Francisco today!

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always

 

Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste French Idole Make-up Collection Fall 2014

To be honest, lately I really appreciate the carefully edited Lancome Makeup Collections. I love that they don’t release 65 items at once. They truly take the time to select a few key items that represent the whole vibe and aesthetic they are going for that season. And I have to say, I really, REALLY dig the whole vibe I’m getting from their French Idole Make-up Collection for Fall 2014!

The Lancome French Idole Make-up Collection for Fall 2014 pays homage to the Parisienne. You, know what I’m talking about-that independence and resolutely effortlessly chic and recognizable style of the women in Paris. We all WANT what they got: that je ne said quoi attitude of rebellious elegance and ease that’s blended with glamour. The colours of the Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste($55) draw inspiration from the heart of trends seen on the streets of Paris. If we can’t be in Paris right now, we can at least LOOK like we are, right? :P

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Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste palette

The Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste palette is inspired by the shimmering shades of malachite and amethyst channelled from men’s fashion. It’s a modern twist of fall khakis mixed with quirky purples to give it that Parisienne edge. I have to say, purples and khaki greens are a match made in fall baby!

Swatchy Time!

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Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste French Idole Fall 2014

The shades of the Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste are AMAZING, hey? Quality-wise, they are your typical Lancome eyeshadows being kind of soft, yet gritty. But when you apply them to the eye, they just blend beautifully. I’m always kind of surprised at how much I love how their eyeshadows end up looking on the eye.

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Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste French Idole Fall 2014

Whaddaya’ think? I can tell you what I think! J’adore! The shades are just so perfect for fall and so very Parisenne chic. Pair these smoky eyes with a nude, pinky lip, a simple T-shirt, leather jacket, studded bracelets, boots and Bazinga! Fall in Paris, right? Get the Lancome Hypnose Palette Malachite and Amethyste and channel the French Idole Parisienne look this fall with me!

That’s exactly going to be my fall 2014 makeup theme-Parisienne chic. I never really thought about a makeup theme for a season, but it’s such a good idea, hey?  Do you centre your makeup looks around a theme? 

*products sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always! And I thank her for the Parisienne Chic!

New Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipsticks From The Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Collection

Matte Lipsticks have been a pretty big makeup trend this year. If you haven’t jumped on the matte lipstick cho-choo yet, then fall is the perfect time to do it! I love wearing matte lips in the fall. And these two Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipsticks($18) are perfect!

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New Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipsticks

The New Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipsticks are pigmented, creamy and long-lasting. The colour doesn’t feather or bleed. They stay put really well, which is one of the reasons I love wearing mattes. Unlike other matte formulas on the market, they feel pretty lightweight on the lips and are not as drying at all. I think they’re pretty comparable to some of MAC’s matte lipsticks, which I actually really like.

There are two shades of the Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipsticks from the Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Collection: a really pretty pinky nude called Pink Moonstone, and a vampy ruby red called Ruby Night.

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Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipsticks Pink Moonstone and Ruby Night

Swatchy Time!

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Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick Pink Moonstone and Ruby Night

Pink Moonstone is my favourite one! I’ll be wearing it a lot in the fall with smoky eyes. It’s just perfect for that.

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Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick Pink Moonstone

Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick in Ruby Nights is something else! It’s an amazing shade of ruby red that’s also perfect for fall. If you can wear brown-based reds like this one, you will love it.

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Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipstick Ruby Night

Limited-Edition Mary Kay Semi-Matte Lipsticks in Pink Moonstone and Ruby Night are pretty awesome matte lipsticks that are comfy to wear as far as matte lipsticks go. They’re not moisturizing, because well they’re matte, so they won’t be. But I don’t find them uncomfortable at all to wear. Prepping your lips with a good lip balm before wearing matte lipsticks really helps! I let a lip balm sink in for a few minutes, and then blot off any residue before applying a matte lipstick. Trust me, it really helps! So join me and let’s wear matte lipsticks this fall!

You can order them online at www.markykay.ca, or by phoning your local Mary Kay Rep.

Do you love matte lipsticks? Or not so much?

*products sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Win Tickets To See Katy Perry in Edmonton!

Happy Saturday everyone! Have I got a quick but great little giveaway for you! Only problem is, you have to live in and around Edmonton, but this is REALLY GOOD!

I have 4 tickets to give away to the Katy Perry #PrismaticWorldTour Concert in Edmonton, Sept. 1, 7 PM at Rexall Place. Each ticket also includes a Meet And Greet with Katy as well!

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So, let’s do this! I’ll pick two winners, so that each winner can bring a friend. It’d be no fun going to a concert by yourself!

Like I said, you have to live in and around the Edmonton region or are willing to drive here for the concert. The 2 winners will also need to promise to share their BEST show pic on Instagram, and tag @COVERGIRL with the hashtags #BeautyUnited #Instaglam. You can tag me @beautyreflections as well. I’ll be in California moving Marky into her dorm room, so I’d love to see a pic of you and Katy!

I’ll pick the winner on Monday and email or tweet you, so look out for that! I’ll need to you to answer me pretty quickly so that we can make sure you get your tickets that week.

Just use the Raffllecopter Widget below to enter (may take a second to load).

Good luck!

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