So, here’s a thing you kind of take for granted if you work: Dental Insurance. When you retire? You have to PAY for those little perks out of your own pocket. And yeah, I know, you do pay for them when you are employed, but your employer also kicks in some money(usually quite a bit more than you do) for your benefits. When you retire and want to keep those take-for-granted benefits? HUGE STICKER SHOCK my friends. HUGE. As you know, my hubby Terry retired last year. And that means you are looking at a family that no longer has dental insurance. We decided that when it was time to go to the dentist, we’d just swallow the cost out of our own pocket from now on. But we live in Alberta, the land of non-regulated dental fees which means we pay the highest prices in Canada for dental work. #IHateGovernmentDeregulation

Crest Pro-Health HD

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Crest Pro-Health HD

What am I trying to say? Well, taking care of our teeth has become a top health priority around here now! We need to lengthen the time between dental visits, because LORDY, getting your teeth cleaned and checked out costs a minimum of $450! And that’s why I was more than happy to give the new Crest Pro-Health HD a try.

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Crest Pro-Health HD

Crest Pro-Health HD  is the biggest breakthrough in toothpaste since fluoride, because the two-step process isolates key ingredients so that they can perform at their peak. I don’t know about you, but those toothpastes that claim they do 50 things barely do ONE thing. I like this idea of having a toothpaste that does ONE specific thing, and then another toothpaste that does something else. No more watering down of ingredients! It’s a a whole new oral health experience I’ll tell ya!

Two steps means that there are TWO PRODUCTS you use in this new healthy teeth habit. And yes, this two step process is worth it I promise!

Step One is an anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis paste which helps improve gum health by treating gingivitis. Go ahead and brush with Step One. It’s kind of cool and feels like you just got your teeth cleaned by the dental hygienist without the huge price tag. It’s a bit of a grainier toothpaste and not unpleasant at all in taste or feel.

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Crest Pro-Health HD

You brush for 1 minute with Step 1, then you spit but DO NOT RINSE your mouth. It’s weird I know, but trust me, if I can do it YOU can too.

Step Two is a whitening gel. Load up your brush with the clear gel, which is formulated to whiten and polish teeth without ANY kind of pain at all. I do find it a tad drying for my mouth, but any kind of whitening tooth product does that to me. Plus, my mouth is always dry because of medications I take for Multiple Sclerosis, so you don’t have to worry so much about it. Terry doesn’t notice anything. What I love is that this is teeth whitening that’s painless, so YAY Crest! Thank you!

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Crest Pro-Health HD

You brush for one minute with Step 2 and you can rinse afterwards this time! And rinse well I say because you’ve been brushing your teeth for a full two minutes for once in your life.  :P

To be honest, I was kind of hesitant to test out Crest Pro-Health HD when it showed up. Step One I was ok with, but Step Two scared me because my teeth are so sensitive and don’t like whitening products. Whitening strips hurt my teeth a lot so I don’t partake in that easy way to whiten your teeth whenever you like. But, I finally worked up the nerve and gave the two-step system a try and I LIKE IT A LOT. I noticed a difference in the look and feel of my teeth after just two days of using the Crest Pro-Health HD. Wahoo!! And my teeth are looking and feeling so much healthier now. I’ve got Terry and Marky (who is home from college for the summer) using the system and they love it as well.

A family that brushes with Crest Pro-Health HD keeps the dental bills away! You can find your new healthy oral routine of Crest Pro-Health HD at most retailers across Canada right now.

“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Crest / P&G and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Oh, and P.S this is NOT a toothpaste for kids to use at all! Only adults please and thank you!

Are you lucky enough to have great dental insurance? Are you pretty diligent about your oral health too?

Hey how YOU doin’?

Thanks for listening to my last rant….I’m a ranty blogger, what can I say? And when something bothers me, it bothers me A LOT, and I need to talk about it…errr…write about it haha.  But, like a few of you told me-I shouldn’t care what anybody else is doing. And… you are right. I’m gonna be more like Dumbledore in these comics I love:

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From now on, I’m just gonna ignore the stupid stuff, and just stick to doing what I do best: being Tracy. I love all of you A LOT. I’ve even gotten emails from some of you, which has made me feel SO MUCH BETTER, so thank you everyone. I’m just gonna put some blinders on, and move forward and stop worrying about other people’s integrity. I don’t know why I have in the past, but I guess it’s because I’m descended from Kozaks and we can’t stand any kind of bullshit. I honestly should have been a cop or a lawyer-that would have appeased my injustice hating soul!

Like I said in my last post, I’ve been thinking a lot more about life. When you are my age, you kind of start to wonder how much time you’ve got left hanging around this solar system. And when you start thinking like that, you start wondering about what you WANT to do with that time you got left. This pretty much sums up my #lifegoals right now:

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These are the things I want more of in my life! And these are the things I’m going to write more about on Beauty Reflections. And still beauty, because heck that’s still something I love. I’ve revamped my header menu which now reflects the topics that Beauty Reflections will be about from now on. Makeup and skincare is still up there, because hello, that’s my hobby still and I do like finding products that actually work and sharing them with you all. But there will be changes oh yes indeedy.

Disclosure Timey!

Like I’ve said before, makeup don’t pay the bills, yo. I don’t ‘live’ off of Beauty Reflections, but I do have bills to pay for the blog(self-hosted blogging isn’t cheap and everything is in US dollars so add 30 cents onto every dollar for me). So I hope you understand that occasionally I might do a sponsored post, but I always clearly mark them that way. And I usually only do them for things that I like anyways, so they’re never something that I wouldn’t WANT to write about and share anyways. I have a sponsored post coming up in a couple of weeks about a new toothpaste that I signed up for. It’s a toothpaste hey, what’s not to like right? :P  And I have one more Brandbacker post to write(they don’t pay me-I just get a sample) but it’s for the brand Farmacy, and I love their products and use quite a few of them already in my skincare routine. But, in all honesty, that sponsored toothpaste post will be the last one you’ll see for a long time, as I’ve opted out of most ‘sponsored’ networks now, except for ShopBop. That one I will keep for the time being(although I think it’s going to disappear soon because I don’t really give them much traffic) as it helps me keep Marky clothed in expensive California. Christ, jeans are freakin’ expensive! AND LASTLY, as for PR products, I don’t get a lot these days, so I’ll continue to work with those brands that still love me and aren’t afraid of honest reviews, which is like FIVE BRANDS I think….HAHAHAHA. #kickedtothecurb #thatswhatIgetForSpeakingMyMind #IDontCare #MyLastFuckIsGiven

So cheers my friends! And if I’ve disappointed you with this direction-hey-it’s not like there aren’t 3 million other beauty blogs that churn out review after review out there in the interents ya’ know. Go on, find another, it isn’t all that hard I promise. I just can’t keep up anymore with the beauty blogging newness, so this won’t be the blog to look for reviews on most of the new products that keep coming out. #beinghonestfeelsGOOD

But, if you’re interested in watching this ranty, wine-lovin’, zumba’ dancing, mountain loving crazy lady age as gracefully and as beautifully as she can while reflecting on life, makeup, sunsets and just having fun? Then you’ve found it:

The New Beauty Reflections. 


Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel you say just

Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe

This song….it’s me…it’s exactly how I feel lately. Too many things to do. Not enough time. Stress. Chaos. I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life.

And I’ve really noticed this lately, because… I haven’t been blogging a lot. But as soon as I start blogging again… I FEEL OVERWHELMED. Right back into CHAOS I go. And then I notice bull CRAP happening in the blogosphere. People…friends…compromising their integrity…at least in MY EYES…just to get free makeup.

WHY OH WHY?!!!

It’s partly due to my personality type I think? I don’t do anything half-assed. I pretty much pour my heart and soul and my all into everything I try in this life. It’s my mama’s voice I hear in my head, telling me I can do better. And I never did want to disappoint her. Or you guys?

Just BREATHE. I want to keep on going…blogging…I really do? But I can’t seem to keep up anymore. Plus when others I call friends don’t care about what they do or say? Is all this worth it? Does anybody ELSE notice the wrongs that happen? Or is it just me?

Does all this matter? Should I care about other people? Their integrity? I feel like blogging is losing it’s credibility lately. Do you feel that way as well?

Does it matter that I don’t post every day? Every other day? Once a week?That I only post when I can? When I am inspired? Does it matter to those of you that actually read my blog? Tell me. Please.

This year has been quite the spiritual soul search for me. I’m alone a LOT. And, I don’t mind being by myself because I have a lot of feels. And thoughts. About the big L-life, in case you didn’t get that. I’m an introvert EXTRAORDINAIRE, so I love my alone time. And when I’m alone I get to think about life a lot. All that alone time has made me realize that I need to stop and BREATHE more often. That it’s good for me. And it’s also made me realize that I want to talk and write about OTHER STUFF, not just makeup and skincare.

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About the other stuff I care about! Hiking, mountains, FOOD…I care a LOT about food HAHAHA. Hey, I’m a chubby girl…what’d ya’ expect?  :D

So….I’m gonna take a break for a bit here… revamp the site a bit…make it simpler…make it look more ME. Make it more about the stuff I LIKE. I’m not a complicated person at all…I’m pretty much a “you get what you see” kinda’ person. But I think you already know that, right?

I’ll be back…soon. Stronger. Better. BRAVER. And ready to challenge every fucker out there. Every fucker that lies about stuff. Every fucker that sells their soul for free makeup. EVERY. FUCKER. All of them. Because, I don’t give a rat’s ass what they think…or anybody else who lies. I’m gonna fight for blogging! To keep it REAL, and not sell out. I’m not trying to make a living off my blog. I make enough to pay the blog bills…that’s it. If you can make a living and keep it real still, I bow to you.

And I’m kind of excited to start talking about LIFE…and other stuff…and still makeups…because LORDY nothing makes my day like an awesome new blush! #stillaBlushfiend

 I’m finally ready. To just BREATHE. And be, just be. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

I guess I still have some Dior Summer 2016 products to show you, hey? Let’s take a look at the Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder, the Diorrskin Nude Air Glow Powders, and the Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liners.

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder $68

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Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder 002 Fresh Light 001 Fresh Tan

Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder 002 Fresh Light  and 001 Fresh Tan are gorgeous bronzers? Is that what they are? Because I don’t think so? I think I’d call them more of a bronzer blush, or BLONZER, because I like them on my cheeks, but not on the rest of my face. If I use them like a regular bronzer I tend to look a little too peachy and orange instead of bronzed. I love the formula though! They blend into the skin like a dream and do kind of give a subtle glow to the cheeks. Whether you believe the hooey that these contain a pollution-fighting formula that limits the absorption of toxins is up to you. SURE DIOR. SURE. #WhoYouKidding

 Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder $68

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Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder

Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder is a special edition light peachy loose powder that enhances the skin with the subtle shimmer of a summer glow. There are tiny shimmers that I can still see no matter how much I blend or buff. Some people have said that the more you buff, the shimmers disappear? I can still see them no matter what I do, so I just apply a bit of the Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder on the tops of my cheekbones and any high points on my face-like a highlighter. Click on the swatches below to get a closer look at the powders and that shimmer I’m talking about.

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Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder, Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder 002 Fresh Light, 001 Fresh Tan

I’m wearing the Diorskin Nude Air Glow Powder 002 Fresh Light on the apples of my cheeks and 001 Fresh Tan towards the back of my cheekbones. You can sort of see the difference in shade I think? It’s a very subtle difference in shade to be honest with the lighter one being peachier. All three blend beautifully and sit gorgeous on the skin, as do all Dior face powders. Dior face powders are gorgeous that’s for sure.

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Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liner $36

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Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liner #282, #862

Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liner #282 Pro Navy is a navy shade and #862 Pro Magenta is a burgundy which is a pretty unique shade for an eyeliner. These are supposed to have the intensity of a liquid liner in a semi-matte finish.

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Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liner #282, #862

Those swatches are two passes, so by no means are these as pigmented as a liquid eyeliner. They can break off a bit too, as you can see in the navy swatch some pencil came off.  You have a bit of time(around a minute) to smudge them if you like. That’s what I did. Although smudging the liner takes the pigmentation level down again. The bevelled tip is cool! But it takes a bit of practice to get used to it, which makes it tougher to get a precise line with them. That’s why I prefer smudging them.

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Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liner #282

If you get water on your eyes they won’t move, but if you rub, then the eyeliner will move. So I wouldn’t call these waterproof. A more appropriate term would be water-resistant. That eye look did stay put all day for me, so long-lasting they are for sure.

Here’s what I mean about the bevelled edge being cool:

Diorshow Waterproof Pro Liners are interesting? But I think the word Pro means something here. I think these would be easier to use if you are a makeup artist and applying eyeliner on someone else. But using them on yourself? There’s a bit of a learning curve before mastering the application. Plus that price makes my eyes twitch something fierce!

Would I spring for any of these products with my own money? I’d probably get one of the Nude Air Glow Powders-IF I needed a peachy Blonzer. The Diorskin Nude Air Summer Glow Shimmering Loose Powder is pretty? If you don’t mind some shimmer, it is lovely as a setting powder and I know a lot of my blogger buddies adore it. The eyeliners are a pass for sure, I mean for that price they should line my eyes on their own, right?

Has anything from the Dior Summer 2016 Collection caught your eye? 

Summer time! And the makeup livin’ should be easy! That’s pretty much my makeup philosophy now that it’s hot outside. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand heavy makeup in the summer. I freak out just thinking about the heat and the sweat and the makeup clogging my pores…UGGH. I just want an easy summer makeup that doesn’t feel heavy and cakey in the summer heat, and I have found one! Today I’m going to show you my go-to summer look featuring some new products from Mary Kay Summer 2016.

Let’s start with me before any makeup. I’ve applied my favourite face sunscreen of course, as should you! Never leave home without it. Please!

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Me and my chubby cheeks! With no makeup on of course ;)

In the summer, I can’t really stand heavy foundations, so the new Mary Kay Undereye Corrector(17.50) and Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers(17.50) are just what the hot weather ordered!

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Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers

The Mary Kay Undereye Corrector is a peach shade that colour-corrects bluish-purple shadows and brightens the undereye area. The Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers are so easy to use to get a natural even-looking complexion and come in 6 shades to match pretty much any skin tone.

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Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers: Light Ivory, Deep Ivory, UNDER EYE PERFECTOR,Light Beige, Deep Beige, Light Bronze, Deep Bronze

Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers are creamy, buildable and blend in beautifully. They conceal minor imperfections like blemishes, dark shadows and age spots and last all day even though they are a lightweight formula.

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Dotting Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers where I need coverage and blending in with my Beauty Blender

All I do is dot some of the Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers where I need some help. The peachy under eye corrector goes under my eyes, and I like using two shades of concealer on my face-a bit peachier of a shade where I have more redness like on my cheeks, and one that matches my complexion more in the centre of my face. Then I take a damp Beauty Blender and blend away!

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Mary Kay Perfecting Concealers look

Voila! Easy, natural coverage that’s so lightweight! I do set my face with a bit of powder, just for some extra insurance and staying power in the heat. Use what ever your favourite powder happens to be, but if you’re sticking with Mary Kay, I’d use the Mary Kay Sheer Mineral Pressed Powder-it’s my fave.

Eyes and Lips are next!

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Limited-Edition Mary Kay Natural Palette Set in the Rose Gold Limited-Edition Compact

Behold the Limited-Edition Mary Kay Natural Palette Set in the Rose Gold Limited-Edition Compact($76)  in all it’s Rose Gold Glory:

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Limited-Edition Mary Kay Natural Palette Set in the Rose Gold Limited-Edition Compact

The eyeshadow shades of Sweet Cream, Spun Silk, Moonstone, Rosegold, Driftwood, Espresso are so natural and so pretty. They blend beautifully, even the mattes! It’s a perfect travel palette too.

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Limited-Edition Mary Kay Natural Palette Set in the Rose Gold Limited-Edition Compact and Beauty That Counts® Hearts Together Lipstick

The Limited-Edition Beauty That Counts® Hearts Together Lipstick $22  is a soft pink creme lipstick that’s sheer and oh so pretty of a pink. I love that $1 from the sale of each lipstick will be donated to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation that supports women living with cancer through the Look Good Feel Better program. The foundation also gives grants to women’s shelters and community outreach programs.

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Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara

Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara $22 has a specially designed, asymmetrical Double-Impact brush that really fans out your lashes and adds lots of length. It’s a great summer mascara because it’s super smudge resistant.

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Just add your favourite blush and you’re ready to go!

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If you want a brighter summer lipstick, there’s the Mary Kay Limited-Edition True Dimensions Sheer Lipstick in Flamenco Red ($19):

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Mary Kay Limited-Edition True Dimensions Sheer Lipstick in Flamenco Red

Sheer, smooth, illuminating with a touch of shimmer, the True Dimensions Lipsticks are SO moisturizing you’d swear you were wearing a lip balm instead. This is my fave Mary Kay Lipstick formula for sure, and they feel a lot like a higher priced sheer lipstick that used to be my favourite(rhymes with Dior HAHA). :P

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Mary Kay Limited-Edition True Dimensions Sheer Lipstick in Flamenco Red

All products are available right now online at www.marykay.ca or from your favourite Mary Kay Rep.

What’s your go-to easy summer makeup look?

MAKE UP FOR EVER joined forces with pop star Charli XCX to create this collection of Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners($25). I am old, so forgive me, but I have NO IDEA who she is HAHA. I don’t listen to the radio a lot, so the only time I might get to listen to a new song is at Zumba. But hey, if she likes bold colour on her eyes, then she’s gotta be cool-right?

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners($25)

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

I was gobsmacked when the whole collection of Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners showed up at my door. I didn’t expect that at all! I’m not one of the bigger and more popular bloggers around, but I guess Make Up For Ever must like me. Who knew? And I like them! And they are one makeup brand that appreciates honest reviews and feedback about their products. I’ve never felt like I couldn’t tell it like I saw it when I reviewed their stuff, and when I have given a less than a stellar review, the lovely PR has thanked me for my honesty. I admire that! And that’s why they’re the longest PR relationship I’ve had with a brand since I’ve started blogging. And hopefully it continues for a very long time-fingers crossed!

Now, let’s start this review with the fact that I am totally an eyeliner gal-like pencil eyeliner-I don’t do liquid eyeliner, or any other kind of fancy eyeliner crap. I am pretty old-fashioned when it comes to eyeliner, and much prefer the ease of a sharp pencil that I can smudge if I want, use on my waterline if I want, or flick it up if I want. But what I ALSO want is a pencil eyeliner that won’t smudge, fade, disappear. Oh, and I also want them to come in every fricken colour I’m lemming that day.

THESE ARE WHAT I WANT.

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

 

The Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners come in different finishes-matte, iridescent, diamond, metallic and satiny. What I did find is that the more sparkle they have, the softer the pencil is. The metallics are REALLY soft, so be careful with them otherwise they can break rather easily. The others I had no problem with.

I’m going to let the pictures of the shades speak for themselves, and by all means click on them to enlarge so you can see better. Oh, and my swatches are the names of the individual eye liners. It was just easier to do it this way.

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

The Blacks:

The Browns and Bronzes:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

 

Greens:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

 

Blues:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

 

Purples:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

 

And the pastels, which are all matte:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

 

The mattes are STELLAR on the waterline…on me, they lasted well into 8 hours without fading and that’s amazing. I didn’t try the others-I tend to not use eyeliners with any kind of sparkles in my waterline, sorry. I have sensitive eyes you guys, and I can’t take glitter in my eyes. It takes DAYS for my eyes to recover from that so I just don’t do it anymore.

But, on just my eyelids, all of them work AMAZINGLY well. They stay put no matter what! There’s not much time to smudge if that’s what you like, so you gotta work fast. It’s enough time for me, so it’s all cool for you too. Once they set, they SET. You will need a waterproof eye makeup remover to take them off. And may I suggest the MUFE Sens’Eyes – Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser-it’s my fave and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. I think it deserves a separate review though, so stay tuned for that!

I love these eyeliners and use them all the time…when I DO wear makeup. Because to be honest, I don’t wear a lot of makeup these days. Eyeshadows for sure I rarely use, but if I feel like adding a bit of colour to my eyes, these Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners are what I use and love. Just so easy! This is how you do colour on your eyes if you are an aging beauty junkie like I am! Eyeliners give that subtle pop of colour that won’t make you look crazy and like you are trying too hard. Yeah, that’s a thing that happens when you are getting older. It’s not right and I don’t agree with it at all. But, these eyeliners make it so much easier to be YOU, to express yourself still, even though the world tells you that you are TOO OLD to wear pastel pink on your eyes. SCREW THE MAN you guys, and get one of these eyeliners in a shade that is outside your office comfort zone!  And wear it! WITH PRIDE.

What kind of eyeliner girl are you? Pencil? Pen? Gel? And, do you do COLOURS like these? 

You know, it’s when I clean out my bathroom and am able to take a close look at what’s in my cupboards that I realize I have a problem. You’d think I’d notice BEFORE THEN. Nope.

Mask Overload #MaskFiend

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#MaskFiend

 

Holy CRAP…when did this situation happen???!! It’s ludicrous.

Granted, some of them are PR Samples, so for those I scream UNCLE, and you can’t hold me responsible for. But some of that ridiculous mask overload is my fault, and hey…I’m owning up to it. Because you know what? I’M A #MASKFIEND. There, I finally admitted it! And it feels GOOD.

What’s a #MaskFiend? Well, if you love the instant and sometimes a few days lasting effects of INSTANT BOOST SKINCARE  for your skin woes, then hey….JOIN ME. OWN IT MAN. It’s ok. We could have worse addictions…and I know, I’m from a drug-riddled-addicted-family that only me and my little bro escaped the really awful effects of so, I know what I’m talking about here, I swear to God.

Ok, well enough self-loathing. Let’s analyze this mask overload, shall we? More Tracy Unplugged for your entertainment. Although seriously when am I NOT UNPLUGGED??! I gotta get a new saying, so if you can help me with that I’ll love you forever.

The WorkHorsies(see what I did there?) from my Forever Fave Love Avène

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Avène Loves

 

I can’t live without these two masks from Avène, so trust me, these are repurchases. The Eau Thermale Avène Soothing Moisture Mask is a workhorse mask for me and my dry, easily irritated aging skin. It’s something I slap on after a shower without even thinking. I never wipe it off. I’ll even use it as a moisturizer if my skin is feeling REALLY dry…like now. We have had no rain here, and I’m sure you’ve all heard of the #FortMacMurray Wildfire. It’s so SO DRY HERE you guys….I walk across the carpet in my house, and I am setting off SPARKS at anything I touch and it’s not even winter #NOHUMIDITYATALL

The Avéne Antirougeurs Redness Relief Soothing Repair Mask is another I’ll slap on every other day to calm and soothe my red face. It’s just so good…both of them are. Pretty much Holy Grails for this #maskfiend that’s for sure.

Sleeping Masque

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Amore Pacific and Nip+Fab Soften

 

The Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque($72) I bought after trying a sample. Yup. One night, one try was all it took for me to buy the full size. It’s the best sleeping mask I’ve tried to date. I don’t know, I think it’s the Bamboo Sap that my skin loves, because there’s another mask I’ll show you later with the same ingredient), but it works for me. I use this at night when my skin is extra-parched like right now. I’ll slather on a light layer and wait a bit for it to sink in before hitting the sheets, otherwise my pillowcase gets the brunt of the good stuffs. It takes a bit of time to sink in before you can go to sleep, but hey…that’s ok with me because it IS a mask so, I expect that. The next morning my skin is so soft and smooth and flake-free…it’s amazing stuff.

The Nip+Fab Soften Kale Fix Clay Mask is a new one that was sent for me to try, and if you have dry, dehydrated skin that breakouts, you NEED this. It’s not a drying out clay mask, so this works for those of us that have dehydrated skin. It’ll draw out any gunk without making your skin look like the Sahara. It’s a great drugstore find that’s for sure!

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Glamglow and Laneige

Ok, confession time: I had NO idea that the GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment was a PEEL OFF MASK??!! #FML I swear I’ve used this twice and hated it because it was so DAMN HARD to wash off HAHAHAHAHAHA so, I can’t really give you a review other than it makes you look all silver like The Terminator#2, so…yeah…but initial thoughts are that there’s a bit of firming so… I’ll get back to you about that bugger, now that I know how to use it. I really need to start reading beauty directions on the packages again. Seriously.

The Laneige Mulberry Yogurt Repairing Mask is only $33 Canadian which is a STEAL when it comes to masks. I like this one! It’s formulated with extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries(WOOHOO what’s a wolf berry because DUDE I want one), cranberries, and strawberries- a Multiberry Complex that delivers loads of nutrients and antioxidants deep into the skin to help nourish and eliminate harmful free radicals. It’s SUPER nourishing and hydrating- I mean it feels and smells like a yogurt berry smoothie hahaha! It’s a lovely, nourishing, moisturizing mask that I’m happy to have in my #maskoverload arsenal.
#MaskFiend1.jpgLet’s start with the bottom of that trifecta of AWESOME. The Filorga Meso-Mask I’ve talked about HERE , so read about why I love that one so much and will always have it on hand.

The Erborian Bamboo Waterlock made my Skincare 2015 faves list, and with good reason! It’s the best hydrating mask I’ve ever used. It’s a refreshing gel that you can use as a rinse-off mask, or as a leave-on treatment. Bamboo sap and fibers helps to lock in moisture and you immediately feel hydrated. The sap contains amino acids, to help hydrate the skin, while the fiber contains proteins and lipids to help maintain skin’s natural moisture. I’ll put it on after I shower and just let it sink in-why rinse it off? It also reduces visible signs of fatigue, so I love using this overnight. And the bamboo scent is so calming and green and lovely. Really one of the best masks I’ve ever tried!

The Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask($54) I got during a Shopper’s Optimum Points Redemption, so it was sort of free, and it’s ok? It’s really nourishing and moisturizing I’ll give it that much. But as far as any sculpting or contouring going on,  I call #TRENDBULLSHIT on that…good job Clinique on using those buzz words that are going around the beauty world right now, but your mask is just hydrating. That’s about it. At least it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, so I’ll give you that much. But it doesn’t do much more than that.

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These are the two masks I use when I want to brighten and make my skin look super CLEAN and NEW.

Consonant DHE Mask($45) is a 100% natural mask that’s formulated to detoxify, hydrate, and exfoliate to give you more radiant, healthy, youthful-looking skin after just one use. I bought this one form Well.ca when I became quite taken with the brand and wanted to try more of their products. It’s formulated with mineral-rich Manicouagan clay that’s extracted from the site of a 215 million year-old asteroid crash in Quebec like HELLOOOO— that’s like SOMETHING SPECIAL you guys! It detoxifies and clarifies your skin with the help of willow bark and tea tree extracts. Plus it’s got the potent HydrExtreme that I talked about HERE . This mask has a unique blend of alpha hydroxy acid fruit enzymes that gently exfoliate, revealing softer and smoother skin without any kind of irritation whatsoever. And my skin usually HATES any kind of glycolic or AHA’s, yet in this mask, those ingredients work! It’s so GOOD and it’s available at Sephora now so YAY for that!

The Caudalie Glycolic Peel($39) is a peel treatment mask that tightens pores, reduces oil, renews skin texture, and gives that immediate burst of radiance to your skin. In 10 minutes dudes. Yup, it works that fast. And it’s not irritating at all, even for my super-sensitive skin. It contains a butt load of active ingredients like papaya enzymes and glycolic acid that brighten and give you that radiant, young skin we all crave. GOOD STUFF.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

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Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

I can’t remember why I picked up Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask($21 USD) but HOOWEE this is good stuff. If your skin is REALLY DRY, or you dried it out doing something extreme like trying to dry up a breakout-this is the stuff you need to repair you damaged skin barrier. It’s so emollient…like almost butter. I use this when I’ve had to combat any breakouts by using some kind of Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid Treatment, because LORDY those things parch my skin something fierce. This mask has all kinds of plant-based oils, essential fatty acids, and lipids that dry skin needs to repair and replenish itself. It’s super creamy and soothes and reduces any kind of inflammation to instantly restore radiance and soothe dryness. It’s the best healing mask I’ve tried, and it’s affordable too, so YAY. Love Paula’s Choice LOTS.

Is that it? I think that’s it, HOLY SHIZ. And that’s just what’s in my cupboard, because I have a skincare drawer of sheet masks too so, HOLY this is a serious issue I have??!!  I still have a few jar masks that I need to try that have been sent to me so…OY VEY. I’ll get to them soon, I promise, because that’s what I do. I just feel the need to actually USE one of these up first before cracking one of those open, ya’ know what I’m saying’? Christ on a BIKE.  :P

Are you a #MaskFiend too? What are some of your faves? Share! Enable a fellow #MaskFiend…like I need any help  :D :D