Make Up For Ever Be Bold Be Unexpected Be You Andreja Pejic Artist Shadow Palette

So, Make Up Forever has this really cool campaign going on called “Be Bold. Be Unexpected. Be You.” It encourages everyone to explore and celebrate the freedom of self-expression, and redefine beauty-to try something different and unexpected and to be confident in who you are.

Hey? I like that idea a lot! As someone who is an aging beauty blogger, I’m totally into this idea. I don’t know HOW many stupid articles I’ve read that tell me-a woman that’s nearing 50 years of age-what NOT to wear and what NOT to do with my makeup. If I want to wear a black, smokey, grungy eye even though I’m nearing menopause and go to the grocery store looking like I just got home from a Nirvana concert? I WILL.  :P

There are two palettes in the Make Up For Ever Be Bold Be Unexpected Be You campaign, and I chose the one by Andreja Pejić, who is the FIRST TRANSGENDERED Model that shared her physical transformation publicly. She’s now the first transwoman to be the face of a top cosmetics brand, which is pretty amazing! Way to go Make Up Forever! You guys rock!

Make Up For Ever Be Bold Be Unexpected Be You Andreja Pejic Artist Shadow Palette

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Make Up For Ever Be Bold Be Unexpected Be You Andreja Pejic Artist Shadow Palette

Glorious Swatchy Time!

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MUFE Andreja Pejic Artist Shadow Palette shades I-526, I-663, I-544, D-652

If you still haven’t tried Make Up Forever’s new Artist Shadows, then this Sephora Points Event going on right now is a great time to finally dive in and experience some of the best eyeshadows on the market. Might as well stock up on those silly points if you’re going to spend some money!

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Make Up For Ever Be Bold Be Unexpected Be You Andreja Pejic Artist Shadow Palette

The Make Up For Ever Be Bold Be Unexpected Be You Andreja Pejic Artist Shadow Palette is pretty unique too. It’s not often you see warm and cool tones mixed together, but this palette does just that, and does it so well. And like I said, these Make Up For Ever eyeshadows are pretty amazing and practically blend all by themselves. These shades are so easy to wear and will look beautiful on everyone.

There’s also another palette in the campaign that’s named after actress and fashion blogger Jamie Chung and it looks really great too. I know I’ll be taking a look at it for sure!

So, are you excited about this Sephora Points Event? Or are you kind of MEH about it like I am? Give me a SALE Sephora….keep your stinkin’ points. Not like there’s ever anything to redeem in store for anyways. And I see they’re having that Dream Points event again. Like that worked out so well last time, with only a few people who stalked the site getting one of the deals. Sephora really has to rethink this VIB and VIB Rouge thing, because in my eyes it’s kind of a fail.

Friday Chat: Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey, Too Faced Love Flush Blush, and Food

Let’s talk about STUFF. Stuff I’m liking? Beauty and other STUFF…you know STUFF. Because stuff is LIFE, right? Or is LIFE stuff? Guess it depends what side of the stuff you live on  :P

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I’ve been skipping Zumba for the last week and a half, because my fave instructor took holidays. And hey…that’s all cool, ’cause I mean she’s a person and has to live outside of Zumba…but UGGGGH…I hate Zumba subs. You get used to an instructor’s style and choreography BIG time…a sub is just Zumba FAIL for me. So instead of taking a Zumba class I’ll regret, I choose to go for a good, brisk over an hour walk with the hubby and avoid Zumba disappointment. Zumba disappointment can sting you for YEARS people. :P Ok, ok…maybe weeks, but it FEELS like years I swear! I love going for a walk on the trails by our house. We usually go for about 7.5 km and it feels good!
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Wild raspberries grow along our walking trail, which amazes me! They’re so SMALL compared to what you buy in store! WHAT is up with THAT?! Are grocery store raspberries mutants? Still doesn’t stop people from collecting these tiny morsels haha! We always see people foraging for berries on our walks.

I got a new mascara, Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey. MAN, I wish Clinique would just drop the whole CHUBBY, FATTENING SCHTICK. It kind of sickens me to be honest…but not enough yet to ignore them, but keep it up dudes…TRY ME. My chubby ass DON’T care what brand I put on my face since it’s around 3 feet away…  :D  :D

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

The mascara wand is your typical plastic many-sized bristles that seems to be the norm these days. I actually don’t mind the brush so much as the formula…it’s REALLY wet. And I’m usually a HUGE fan of Clinique mascara formulas, so this one is like a huge WTF moment for me. Not that I hate it…it’s just really wet, and the brush is all sloppy and covered in so much mascara that it scares me. I have to wipe off a LOT of product on a kleenex before going to my eye, and I kind of hate when I have to do that with a mascara. I feel like I’m wasting so much product.

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

Here’s a skin SWATCHY TIME of the shade:

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

NICE, right? But eh-it’s not really all that FATTENING..and I’m a fat girl, so TRUST ME…I know fat when I see it!

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

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Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey

Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey is ok? But it’s not WOW. It gives great separation and length to my lashes, but it’s nothing to get all excited about. The colour is what saves it for me. I adore the shade. Clinique could write BLACK HONEY on friggin’ toilet paper and I’d be all over it like a bad cold. Black Honey was my first “grown-up lipstick” so I always have a tube in my my purse because 1: NOSTALGIA, and 2: It’s the lipstick they used on Liv Tyler for Arwen in LOTR(Lord Of The Rings in case you aren’t all up with the abbreviations) and…HELLOooooo- who doesn’t want Arwen Lips? Anyways, Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey will probably get loads better for me as the tube dries up a bit…I like my mascaras at a certain wetness level…which is about 3 weeks in for wet ones like this.

I wasn’t going to buy these Two Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes($32), but Marky really wanted one, so like a good mama, I ordered one for her…and one for me…you know… for BLUSH SCIENCE… :P

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Two Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes in Love Hangover, How Deep Is Your Love

Everybody keeps raving about the packaging on these, and I don’t get why? Is it the bunny imprint? The heart shape? So what? Wow, jaded beauty junkie or what, hey?  :D

Swatchy Time!

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Two Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blushes in Love Hangover, How Deep Is Your Love

They’re both basically the same shade, a watermelon pink, just one is more shiny than the other. Marky likes shiny EVERYTHING, while old me prefers things to be not so shiny these days. But WOW. These are some seriously pigmented blushes! A little too much for us pale folks here at Beauty Reflections!

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Too Faced How Deep Is Your Love

I’m wearing How Deep Is Your Love in that pic, and I’m telling you it was a barely DIP and then a hand brush before this puppy went onto my chubby cheeks. These blushes are truly made for darker skin tones than mine, which is about NC15 on a good day lately…sunscreen works! I’m so pale right now in the middle of summer and LOVE it. Hard to find a foundation that matches well lately…and it’s weirdly invigorating and making me feel all YOUNG again!  Anyways, the 16-hour wear time is full of SHITE…these are pretty average wearing for a blush I find…a good 8 hours and fading happens after that. Then again, maybe if I could actually wear MORE than a smidgen on my pale face in one go…well, that might make a difference in wear time. MAYBE. The shades are really pretty though! I like Too Faced Blushes.

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Roast beef, caramelized onions, and a tiny bit of blue cheese quesadilla drizzled with some Nonna Pia’s balsamic glaze is SO GOOD. I got this flavour and the plain one-at Costco, but I’ve seen them sold at grocery stores as well. WORTH IT. Makes your sandwiches an experience!

LOOKY AT THIS BEAST OF A MACHINE!
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Yup! I gotta a SNOWBLOWER! It was a cheap, used buy …but I’m so freaking excited for the snow to really start to fly here and USE it! I call it HUSQY (Husqvarna Snow Blower is the brand) for short…and I love him like the son I never had… :P

A lot of you really liked my Instagram Post of my Grilled Lemon-Basil Tofu Burgers.

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There were so GOOD! And here’s the link to the recipe. Safe to say it’s a new dinner staple at our house. I’m trying to incorporate more meatless yums here, so if you have any recipes, lead me to them! I used to be a vegetarian when I was in my 20s, but I can’t commit fully to it now, being anemic and all. But I do want to eat less meat and more veggies. Goals. Gotta have them, right?

Last day of July can you believe it? Happy Friday everyone! And Happy Long Weekend my fellow Canadians! What stuff have you been liking lately? 

All Kinds Of Cleansing Lately,Starting with Bioderma Sensibio Crealine Cleansing Milk

I really think I’m a cleanser junkie. Because I have two new ones added to my Face Cleanser Roll Call. But in my defense, I’ve finished the Pai one(FINALLY) and also the Vichy Pureté Thermal 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser, which I might repurchase… if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve kind of fallen in love with another creamy milk cleanser. This blogging business makes you really feel like a mutinous pirate when it comes to products…one day you’re swearing allegiance to the Vichy, the next you’re screaming and sword-fighting your traitorous soul because you’ve fallen in love with something else by Bioderma, because it has a lovely, big, feathery HAT…I’m a filthy beauty scallywag, what can I say   :P  Like it or leave it ya’ bunch of beauty seadogs.

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Two new Cleansers oh my: GlamGlow Powercleanse Daily Dual Cleanser and Bioderma Sensibio Crealine Cleansing Milk,

First up, the Bioderma Sensibio Crealine Cleansing Milk($18.95) is probably one of the best creamy cleansing milk cleansers I’ve tried, and I think it works just as well as the much famed Pai Cleanser that everyone raves about. It’s fragrance-free, contains anti-irritants to reduce redness, and it does not contain any kind of detergent cleansing agents that irritate sensitive dry skin like mine.

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Bioderma Sensibio Crealine Cleansing Milk

The emollients in this one of course are quite different from the Pai one, and the ingredient list shows that difference. The main emollients in the Bioderma Sensibio Crealine Cleansing Milk are glycerin and mineral oil while the Pai is all plant oils. Now for me, mineral oil doesn’t do anything except keep moisture in my skin. My skin actually really likes it and doesn’t break out from it like it does from a lot of plant oils, which happen to be in the Pai one. Mineral oil gets such a bad rap for some reason, but it’s quite an effective humectant. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized just like the more expensive Pai one, plus it doesn’t stink like that one hahaha(I know, I know, a lot of you really LIKE that sitnk-I don’t sorry(not sorry really LOL) ). Oh, and this cleanser is the BOMB at taking off makeup! It’s even better than the micellar water I say. It even works on my eye makeup and doesn’t sting, or irritate at all. For me, this is a clear winner and has gained a permanent spot in my cleanser roll call.

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GlamGlow Powercleanse Daily Dual Cleanser

The GlamGlow Powercleanse Daily Dual Cleanser($43) I first picked up on one of my California trips. I forgot to bring an oil cleanser with me, and I always use an oil cleanser to remove my sunscreen, and then cleanse with another gentle cleanser to remove any oil residue. You know, the whole double cleanse technique that you have to should use to remove sunscreen, unless you’re some kind of magical unicorn that doesn’t break out from sunscreens. :P

Now, I’m not a huge fan of GlamGlow at all, and in fact tend to ignore most of their products, but this sounded like something that I could really USE at the time! I mean, hello-it combines the power of mud and oil, PLUS it foams! It’s like double cleansing in ONE step! The mud and oil are in separate chambers which is pretty cool, and when combined in the hand transform into an effective dual cleanse foaming lather in one easy step.

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GlamGlow Powercleanse Daily Dual Cleanser

You can pump as much mud and as much oil as like-you control the ratio to your liking-I like 4 pumps mud to 3 pumps oil but hey, it’s up to you-then just rub them together in your hand to combine and apply to your face. Then, when you add water it foams up and cleanses SO, SO WELL. The cleansing oil dissolves my makeup and sunscreen, while the cleansing mud gently detoxifies leaving my face CLEAN in one, freakin’ easy step! No more two cleansers needed EVER. I’m on my second bottle now, and have another back-up because for the longest time this wasn’t in Canada and I can’t be without it now. But YAY, it’s here now and trust me-GET ONE if sunscreen breaks you out. I don’t worry about breaking out anymore now that this cleanser is in my shower.

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Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads

I just picked up these Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads($14.95) because of my dear friend and fellow #YEG Blogger Rae@TheNotice-we’ve actually HUGGED and I can pretty much cover Rae in my bear hug-I’m 5″10″ and she’s about 5’2″ I think(correct me Rae if my guess is wrong) but she’s ADORABLE and if you’ve ever had the pleasure to meet her, then you’ll know her skin is FLAWLESS. So, when she raves about something in skincare, I tend to listen. I’ve literally been using these Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads for four days and have fallen in LOVE. Each of the 60 pads are enriched with salicylic and hyaluronic acid to cleanse pores without stripping moisture from the skin. There’s also witch hazel in them to help reduce the appearance of imperfections and leave your complexion looking smoother and refreshed. And the Dragon’s Blood (hello DRAGON, right?) is from the the bright red resin of the Sangre de Grado (Croton lechleri) tree, which is full of antioxidants and forms a kind of protective barrier on the skin. Rae even uses these to remove her eye makeup, but I haven’t done that as my eyes are SO sensitive and dry that I’m a bit leery(my MS meds are a bitch I tell ya). But for the face these are AWESOME. I’m kind of a lazy AM cleanser-type, especially if I’m going to the gym. These are fantasticly easy to swipe all over my face when I wake up, and they make me feel clean and accomplished in one step. I like them! I feel like my skin is getting cleansed, treated, and protected all at once…a lazy cleansing gal’s dream! WIN, WIN, WIN!

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Yves Rocher Lemon Basil Exfoliating Shower Gel

Yves Rocher Lemon Basil Exfoliating Shower Gel($9) I picked up on a recent order for Marky-she loves their skincare. I saw this and thought: I NEED IT. And boy I was right! With 100% natural fruit seeds to gently exfoliate the skin, you don’t have to worry about those nasty plastic beads clogging up our lakes. Honestly, HOW the beauty industry EVER thought that was a good idea is beyond me??! Anyways, exfoliating aspect aside, it’s the scent that makes this such a winner! Subtle citrus with basil herby goodness-it’s just refreshing as heck and I need more now since I only bought one. WHO doesn’t love basil, I mean seriously! There’s also just a plain shower gel version which I plan on getting too!

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Glow Juicery Sky Glow Juice

Glow Juicery is a local juicery-is that even a word LOL-that sells fresh and healthy pressed juices to get you healthy and feeling good! They even offer cleansing packages, which I plan on trying soon. This was the SKY GLOW juice made with Pear, Cucumber, Lemon and Mint and it was delicious! I think I need a good body juice cleanse to clean out my insides, so this is on my to-do list this summer. Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What did you think? Any advice-worth it or not?

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And, last but not least-the FUNNY CLEANSE. I had to get this, because LOOK AT IT. And that’s what you’ll be using to cleanse your hands if you come visit my house! Keeping and refilling the container for like EVER. And you’re welcome to come visit, and cleanse ANYTIME my friends!  :)

Is there anything better than that feeling of a good cleanse? I can’t think of anything right now! The whole refreshing smell, that WOW clean feeling-I can’t get enough of it in the summer. What are some of your favourite refreshing summer cleansers?

 

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age and Hylamide SubQ Eyes

“A highly active concentrate of advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration on and below skin surface, while visibly improving lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage.”

When I received Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age to test out, to be honest I kind of got all CHEST PUFFED OUT AND DEFENSIVE, as if I was a member of Sam Cro(been watching SOA and WOW, LOVE). Because when a product claims to show VISIBLE RESULTS IN 10 DAYS… I get all roll-up-my-sleeves-show-me-what-you-got and commit completely to that so called magic product, to see what it’s REALLY got to prove…if anything!

BRING. IT. ON….Boooooooyahahahahahaha

And I’m serious! When I test out skincare, I really DO test it out. I give up all faves and HGs, to see if these new products really DO work. I figure if it doesn’t do something for my 48 year old skin, then forget it working for young 20-something skin. Ahh, those days… when I could use pretty much nothing on my skin and it was SO lovely and good… sometimes I wonder if screwing around with skincare makes your skin go NO. LEAVE. ME. BE. Curious thought, no?

Anyways… So Ok, Long story short…I started using Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum every day and night and only Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum since it arrived at my doorstep and you know what?

WORKS. REALLY WELL. 

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Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age and Hylamide SubQ Eyes

 

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum($38) contains five forms of hyaluronic compounds to target multiple depths of your skin(which EHHHH, again I find hard to believe…honestly you need a friggin NEEDLE to start getting skincare to touch some of those deeper skin levels) ;) But, it does contain non-animal-origin Hyaluronic Acid that targets surface hydration and elasticity. It also has two forms of very-low-molecular Hyaluronic Complex that absorbs quickly to target below the surface rehydration, and a Hyaluronic Acid pre-cursor that helps to visibly plump skin up. There’s a tamarind-derived plant hyaluronic that gives immediate and long-term rehydration too and I can attest to THAT claim for sure…to be honest I haven’t really used a moisturizing cream since starting to use this serum….I don’t seem to need anything else! My skin feels so GOOD. Moisturized and lovely! Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum also contains an Antarctic and Hawaiian Algae Complex to promote renewal and help prevent moisture loss, so I guess that’s why I’m experiencing perfectly hydrated skin! And living here in dry Alberta? That’s something! My skin always feels so dry here. Parched. I really notice it when I’m in California visiting Marky. There’s so much more humidity in the air over there, and wow…my skin LIKES it there. It behaves so differently when I’m California Dreamin’, not even kidding. I have a separate skin care routine for California and trust me, it’s so much more simple than my Alberta routine. I don’t need to hydrate as much when I’m down there! Guess it’s another sign I belong down there, hey? ;)

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Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum

 

Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum contains Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38+  which is an advanced form of Matrixyl (TM of Sederma)  that helps to reduce the look of lines, wrinkles and surface irregularities. Nonapeptide-3 Retino-Complex+ is a novel technology that promotes better visible anti-aging results than Retinol without irritation. And as someone who suffers from using any kind of Retinol product, I can honestly say this stuff does NOT irritate, OR break me out. Every other friggin’ retinol product does that to me…no matter HOW gentle it claims to be. I break out. End of story. But this? NOPE. It’s like a miracle for me.

Heres’ what I can tell you…and I cross my heart and stick a needle in my eye if I lie: The pores around and on my nose have been getting worse and worse as I age. Nothing was getting those suckers to look better. But Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum? Worked like a CHARM. Now, I’m not an idiot…nothing can really make pores smaller. But this stuff? Has kind of made them look less visible…better…makeup goes on so much better and doesn’t settle in them ugly pores so bad now. My skin looks SMOOTHER. Brighter! So much so that I don’t feel the need to cover it up with makeup and foundation! I honestly haven’t had such great results from a skincare product in YEARS, it’s that amazing to me. My skin looks really GOOD lately, and that’s an amazing thing to say when you are 48 years old. Just try to make me stop using Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum…you’ll find yourself booted onto Kepler 452b TOOT SWEET… :)

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Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes

 

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes($35) is just as good too! It contains a Flavanoid Glucoside Bio-active to help encourage circulation and reduce visible darkness under the eyes. It also contains a Darutoside complex for a lifted upper lid appearance and reduced visible sagginess, which I say works. One of my eyes is more hooded than the other, so I really notice a difference when I don’t use Hylamide SubQ Eyes. My eyes really look more open and lifted when I use this! It also has stuff to reduce the look of lines around the eyes, and YUP. It did that for me too. I mean, they’re still there? I’m 48 so HELLO…lines around the eyes are mandatory at this point. But Hylamide SubQ Eyes has made them less visible…not so deep. It WORKS. The only crit I have has to do with the packaging with this product. The dropper isn’t quite long enough to get all the serum out. I had to use a Q-tip to get all the god stuff out, but that’s the case with most products packaged like this.

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes and Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age have worked SO WELL for me, that I’ve already purchased replacements, and have started using them now. These two products are AMAZING, and it’s not often that I actually purchase skincare sent to me for free. But these? WORK. And you can’t stop me from using them. EVER. Order these products, and cripes…everything Deciem sells HERE. STUFF WORKS.

Both of these Deciem Hylamide products have changed my skin so much that I really do urge you to give them a try! They are affordable. And work! REALLY WELL. And that? Is something these days in the makeup/skincare world! Have you tried a skincare product recently that just WOWED you? It’s pretty rare!

Saint Cosmetics-Bring Out The Bad Girl In You and Feel Good About It

Natural and Organic makeup and skincare has come a LONG way lately. I remember when they used to be, well….meh. But now? I’m pretty sure I could go all natural and organic with my makeup and skincare and not miss a lot of mainstream cosmetics.

Lately, I’ve been pretty smitten with Saint Cosmetics-from the cute packaging, the great formulas, and the cheeky devil/angel names of their shades…I’m pretty impressed!

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Saint Cosmetics

Saint Cosmetics is a brand new natural Canadian cosmetics line. All of Saint Cosmetics products are created from naturally ingredients which are free from parabens, sulfates, silicone, PEGs, phthalate, SLS, mineral oil, triclosan, and petrolatum, or anything with suspected potential human health risks. Why go natural? Well, it’s a good option if you suffer from allergies or get irritations from makeup. Natural cosmetic lines are usually better for the environment, and usually give back to communities-2% of all Saint Cosmetics profits go to support Interval House; Canada’s first safe haven for abused women with children.

I have a few pieces from Saint Cosmetics to show you: their wet/dry face powder, a matte eyeshadow, a lipstick and a lip gloss.

Swatchy Time!

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Saint Cosmetics Kiss Of Death Lipstick, Addicted To Love Eyeshadow, Wet/Dry Face Powder in Invisible Touch, and Big Teaze Lip Gloss

 

Saint Cosmetics Wet/Dry Pressed Face Powder in Invisible Touch($42)

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Saint Cosmetics

This is a long- wearing pressed powder that can be used either wet or dry. Use it dry as a setting powder, or apply it with a damp sponge to get a bit more coverage. I really love using it with a wet sponge, and it works great on my dry skin.  I’m wearing it in the face pics below, and even though the shade is a bit dark for me, it just looks like I have a tan for once in my life haha. If I wasn’t up to my ears in foundations, I’d totally get this in a shade that better matches pale me! But I’ve been actually using it as a matte bronzer and it works well like that too! Win!

Matte Eyeshadow Shade Addicted To Love($24)

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Saint Cosmetics Matte Eyeshadow Shade Addicted To Love

Saint Cosmetics has matte, satin, and frosted shades in their line up, but wow! This is a great matte formula! Soft to the touch, nicely pigmented and blends easily. And this shade Addicted to Love is what I like to call a workhorse eyeshadow shade. It’d be a great crease shade when used with a more shimmery shade on the lid, or a great transition shade for the crease when blending out shades. I love wearing it just on it’s own too! Simple and neutral goodness. And the other thing I noticed? It doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes at all! If you are like me and find a lot of eyeshadows bug you, well it might be time to switch to a natural eyeshadow formula. I plan on getting more Saint Cosmetics eyeshadows for sure.

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Saint Cosmetics Matte Eyeshadow Shade Addicted To Love

 

Kiss of Death Lipstick($22)

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Saint Cosmetics

All of Saint Cosmetics’ lip products contain ingredients like Organic Castor Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, and Olive Fruit Oil to moisturize and protect your lips. This shade Kiss Of Death is probably the nudest shade of lipstick I’ve ever tried-I totally get why it’s called Kiss of Death hahaha! It’s a hard shade to wear without looking corpse-ish. It’s a good thing that Face Powder gave me a tan because wow is it a pale lipstick!

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Saint Cosmetics

I didn’t do a close-up on my lips because the pale shade really tends to catch on every lip flake and settle into lip lines like crazy. But any pale shade like this would do the same. The formula seems comfortable, but again, it’s hard for me to tell with this shade. I’d need to get an easier to wear colour to really give a yay or nay, so for now it’s a maybe? :P

Big Teaze Lipgloss($24)

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Saint Cosmetics Lipgloss

But the lipgloss I really like! This isn’t so much of a gloss to me though. The formula is thicker and pigmented and not tacky at all. I’d say it’s almost a liquid lipstick, but on the sheer side. Here I’ve applied it over top of Kiss Of Death.

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Saint Cosmetics The Big Teaze Lipgloss

I really like the lipgloss! It’s a pretty bright pink that’s wearable since it’s sheer. Feels good on the lips and for me, the combination of the two lasted well for natural makeup. I got about 2.5 hours of wear before I got hungry fading. :P

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Saint Cosmetics

From what I’ve tried from Saint Cosmetics, I’ve quite enjoyed! It’s probably the first natural cosmetic line that has impressed me, and I’m excited to try more in the future. Like a blush! I need to try a blush, right? Right!

You can order Saint Cosmetics online on their site, www.saintcosmetics.ca and you can even get Airmiles from your purchase too! Pretty cool!

Natural makeup! Yay? Or Nay for you? Have you tried any that have impressed you enough to continue to purchase? 

Lotus Aroma Effective Natural Foot Care

Do you know that I’ve never had a professional pedicure done? I don’t know man, the whole thing just freaks me out.  But, as I get older I can see the benefit. It’s getting harder to see and REACH those feet of mine LOL. Someday, I will succumb and experience a pedi, but for now, I’ll just take care of my own feet as long as I can thank you very much.  :P

And I have to tell you that I’ve found the best products to take care of my feet, and they’re from Lotus Aroma.

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Lotus Aroma Recovery Balm With Natural AHA, Lotus Aroma 2-In-1 Foot Moisturizer

 

Lotus Aroma is a Canadian Company established in Sainte-Julie, near Montreal. They make natural products for face, body and home. Their products have active ingredients that are entirely of plant origin, and up to 50% organic. The company is environmentally responsible, and uses recycled and recyclable packaging and shipping boxes that contain at least 76% recycled fibre.

Lotus Aroma Recovery Balm With Natural AHA($16)

Lotus Aroma’s 3-in-1 Foot Repair Balm contains natural AHA from plant extracts, and essential oils that are rich in vitamins and Omegas. With a blend of olive oil, Inca Inchi and sea buckthorn, this really does moisturize feet. But it also has the exfoliating power of natural AHAs from maple sugar, cane sugar, blueberries and citrus. It smells like Tea Trea, Eucalyptus, and lavender, so refreshing and clean! This cream smooths and softens my feet like nothing I’ve tried before. I love it.

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Lotus Aroma Recovery Balm With Natural AHA, Lotus Aroma 2-In-1 Foot Moisturizer

 Lotus Aroma 2-In-1 Foot Moisturizer($16)

Lotus Aroma 2-In-1 Foot Moisturizer is basically a non-AHA version of the Repair Balm. It’s perfect to keep your feet looking good and moisturized. When I first started using Lotus Aroma, I used the 3-in-1 Recovery Balm for four consecutive days to get my feet looking good. Now, I just use the Recovery Balm once a week for upkeep. But the moisturizer I try to use after every shower in the evening.

Both products are free of mineral oil, are paraben free, silicone and alcohol free. They’re also cruelty free with no animal ingredients at all. NICE!
You can find Lotus Aroma products at fine pharmacies and health food stores across Canada.

Do you use a foot cream? Keeping your feet hydrated helps helps prevent fungal infections! How do you take care of your feet?

I Think I’ve Lost My Makeup Mojo

You know, lately I just don’t feel the hype around makeup products anymore. I think I’m sick or something(and I have been battling a stomach bug this weekend), or just getting SICK of everything. More likely the latter.

Like these two new releases:

 

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Seriously either one of those I don’t give a F#*K about. And in case you’re wondering what they are, that’s the Urban Decay Smokey Naked Palette, and the Becca Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop.

How can something be NAKED AND SMOKEY? NOPE. Seriously Urban Decay just STOP it already. Please leave that Naked Train and don’t ride it anymore. Because I AIN’T hopping onboard. And I think a lot of other people feel the same. #TooMuchNaked

And as for Becca? Well, I get you want a popular YT Guru to help sell your products. I get it. But your highlighters DON’T need any help. Everyone already loves them??!! And honestly, I don’t give two hoots about Jaclyn Hill. But REALLY HER YOU PICK? I mean she wears more makeup than some of my favourite DRAG QUEENS. Seriously. Ru Paul doesn’t need THAT much makeup and highlight to look good! And by the by, since you are an Australian brand…why not Rae Morris???!! She’s one of you! And an amazing makeup artist to boot! Oh, I SEE. It’s the whole YT popularity thing then, hey.

And, there’s my problem. Any QUASI-MAKEUP-ARTIST can become popular and a brand, when they’ve done really NOTHING except snap their fingers at you and make silly faces at you while applying WAY too much makeup…really enough makeup to make a drag queen say WTF GUUUUURL? Yeah, not buying it. Not ever. You can’t walk around in real life with all that crap on your face. I mean you can..sure. But HEED MY WORDS: EVERYONE WILL NOTICE. AND THINK WHY ARE YOU WEARING THAT MUCH MAKEUP in the daytime. Most of the makeup tutorials these days are makeup for photographs or the stage. And that’s where it looks good and should stay-it’s not for every day life.

Something is seriously shifting in the makeup world right now. Can you feel it? I can. It used to be legit. People who work in the biz. And that biz is no easy biz to make a name for yourself. But Youtube? Is ruining it. For them. For us. For the young girls who watch these so called ‘makeup gurus” and think that’s the makeup they have to do these days. And it scares me. And I will NEVER. EVER. Support these kind of makeup releases. Never.

What do you think? Let’s talk about it. Maybe you can show me a ray of hope. Because right now? I just see darkness. And it’s closing in fast…..   :(

 

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