Introducing Joico Hair Shake Liquid-to-Powder Finishing Texturizer

Texturize and Volumize– With A Shake! 

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Joico Hair Shake Liquid-to-Powder Finishing Texturizer

 

When you have curly hair, sometimes you need a little help with volume at the roots. I don’t like backcombing my hair. It’s too damaging. And I’ve tried those other instant powder volumizers, and they are so messy…and sticky? But this new Joico Hair Shake Liquid-to-Powder Finishing Texturizer($20.95) is different! This is no ordinary texturizer; the carefully designed applicator sprays the liquid-to-powder formula into a micro-fine mist that is invisible, lightweight and instantly adds volume. No more sticky roots!

Joico Hair Shake

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Joico Hair Shake

 

The innovative formula of Joico Hair Shake is unlike any other powder styling products I’ve tried. Joico Hair Shake’s “powder base” is actually a groundbreaking, near invisible combination of ingredients like:

  • Malitol – a sugar substitute that blocks humidity
  • Bentonite Clay – for oil absorption, texture and grip
  • Cosmetic Grade Silica – for absorption and density
  • Magnesium Silicate – an odorless powder, for absorption and density

Joico Hair Shake can be used on all hair types, including wavy or curly hair like mine. It gives great volume at the roots and can even be used on short hair like my hubby’s. And it’s easy to use-just shake it, and spray where you need volume. Just make sure your hair is dry-that’s it!  It doesn’t frizz up my hair either, like other kinds of texture powders can. I really like this one-it works for me!

Do you use a powder hair Texturizer/Volumizer? What do you use to add some volume to your roots? 

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep- Beauty Sleep in a Jar

You know, there’s nothing like getting a good sleep. A GOOD DEEP SLEEP. It’s so rejuvenating, right? For your mind, your body, your soul….and your FACE. Hey, that’s when all your skin repairing happens! So if you don’t get enough sleep…it’ll start to show up on your face.

Why? Well, your skin is unable to set in motion its renewal and repair process if you don’t get enough sleep. There’s a one hour period between midnight and 1 am during which the skin’s renewal cycles say HEYYYY let’s get funky! Flaking, cell differentiation, restoration of the skin’s barrier function, boosting microcirculation and cellular reorganization–those funky five actions reach their peak during the night. And that’s called  the “skin’s deep sleep” and it’s so important to its health.

Well, Vichy has come out with probably the best sleep mask I’ve ever tried. Until now, my favourite has been the Filorga Sleep Recover Anti Fatigue Night Balm, which Phil @ Mirror Reality told me about. And you should visit his blog if you are a skin care junkie…the man KNOWS skincare and he teaches me so much. The Filorga was the first night cream that I could actually tell worked some kind of SOMETHING on my skin the next morning(I should blog about it I guess then, hey? :P ) When I use it, I wake up and look like I had the BEST sleep ever. I love it so much, I even bought a back-up within days of using it, and I love it still, I do.

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

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Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

But Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep? Works just as well, if not just that bit BETTER. Well, it’s a mask after all, so it should work better! And it’s CHEAPER than the Filorga, so win!

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep($52) has ingredients that are capable of stimulating the skin’s deep sleep mechanisms to recreate and optimize their repairing effects.

  • Glycyrrizic Acid which comes from Licorice root and reduces skin irritation and ensures hydrated and supple skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid for hydrated, bouncy skin.
  • Caffeine to reduce fatigue and promote rested skin
  • Vitamin B3 for an even and healthy skin tone
  • repairing Oils(rich in omegas) provides supple and resistant skin

Oh, and of course there’s soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water in Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep too. It’s Paraben-free and hypoallergenic and suitable for ALL skin types.

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Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

The texture is sublime! It’s a gel, yet feels very thick and balmy. And it’s PINK. I love pink skincare for some reason…makes me smile when I open the jar, ok? :P  There is a gentle fragrance of jasmine and green tea, but nothing overly cloying and I find it dissipates quickly anyways. I apply a thick layer and wait about 20 minutes before hitting the sheets, just so that most of that goodness gets into my skin and not my pillowcase. I don’t NEED my pillowcase to look good in the morning haha!

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Oh hey Mr. Rabbit thanks for visiting my little photo shoot…you like the looks of this Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep too, hey? i bet you could use a good night’s sleep too hahaha.

The next morning after using Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep, you won’t believe your eyes I swear. You face will look different. Younger! Rested! Smoother! And feel so hydrated! It’s seriously beauty sleep in a jar.

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Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

I have a lot of sleep masks….a lot. And I should do a smack down of all of them some day. And maybe I will. But honestly, I kind of feel no need to at the moment, because Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep would be the hands down winner for me anyways. I don’t even look at the others in my skincare drawer right now…

Find it where Vichy is sold like Shopper’s Drug Mart and Rexall Drugs! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by moi!

Happy Friday everyone! Do you use sleep masks? What’s your favourite?

Klorane Mask with Desert Date- A Treat For Your Hair

So hey! Did you know that Sephora now carries Klorane products? Which is great because the more I try from the brand, the MORE I like it, so having it readily available to order is pretty cool. HOWEVER….I do think this means prices may have gone up. So if you are in Canada, maybe check out Shopper’s Drug Mart and www.well.ca before ordering from Sephora, because I did see prices are less at least at Well.ca.

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Klorane Mask with Desert Date

 

Anyways…. one of my favourite new hair deep conditioning treatments is the Klorane Mask with Desert Date. DATES…I love dates…food of the gods they truly are…yummmmmm…. Desert dates are rich in lipids and proteins. They repair and regenerate the natural keratins, giving new life to dehydrated, damaged, brittle hair. There’s also Wheat Proteins to also help strengthen hair. What you WON’T find in Klorane Mask with Desert Date is parabens or sulfates, AND its SILICONE FREE too! Wahoo!

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Look how thick it is! Klorane Mask with Desert Date

Sure, you can just leave Klorane Mask with Desert Date in your hair for 5 minutes. That’s totally fine, and I do that too. You’ll get nice, smooth, shiny hair that’s so easy to comb through. BUT if you really want to treat your hair, then do what I do once a week leave it on your hair wrapped in a warm towel for at least 20 minutes and HUZZAH - your hair will be so smooth and soft and shiny, you won’t even recognize your hair. It’s the truth.

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Klorane Mask with Desert Date

Oh, and the SMELL….oh…my…god…Klorane Mask with Desert Date smells SO GOOD…. heavenly..just like I said…food for the gods. You need to try it, even if it’s just for the scent! I love this hair mask and what it does for my hair, so I’ll always have it on hand. And I really want to try more hair care from the brand now for sure! There’s a Magnolia hair mask and if it smells as good as this date one does….YES.

I really do love hair masks as you know, and use them all the time. What are some of your favourite ones? I’m always looking to try some new ones!

My New Favourite: My Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch #JordWatch

I’ve always had a thing for watches. I am a child of the 70s as you know, so I grew up wearing watches. That’s how we knew what time it was before smart phones hahaha! I’ve had quite the collection of watches over the years. Even had a triangle one in the early 90s…don’t know what happened to that one, though…must have lost it during a move or something. And now I can hear Marky yelling at me for not keeping my 80s wardrobe all these years so SHE could have it now hahahaha….hindsight, right? Oh well…words of wisdom! Don’t purge everything! Keep some things for your kids! Otherwise be prepared for their wrath! Anyways….this happens to be my current watch collection.

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My Watch Collection

 

Nice, right? But does one of those watches look extra special to you? Like stand out from the rest? RIGHT? It’s that amazing wooden one, hey? It’s so GLORIOUS and Tracy is in LOVE LOVE LOVE. It’s like the watch of my dreams!

Jord Wood Watches is a locally owned St. Louis, Missouri company and they design/produce real wood watches from sustainable materials from all around the world. Each JORD watch is designed to be splash proof too, so don’t be worried about water ruining it! And links can be added or subtracted easily to adjust the band size-I like my watches loose, so the kind people at Jord adjusted my beauty for me. Loose is best!

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Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch #JordWatch

 

The closure is really unique and so easy to use! You fold up each half on top of the closure and just press down and voila! Done! Easy!

Like Bruno Mars says in Uptown Funk…HOT DAMN…this Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch looks GOOD everywhere….

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Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch #JordWatch

It looks good layered with my mandatory skullz too…

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Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch #JordWatch

AND I can even wear it to the gym! It’s so lightweight I forget I’m even wearing it to be honest.

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Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch #JordWatch

I wear my Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch to Zumba, and Yoga, and Pilates and it’s never in my way or bothersome. And…this is important because if you sweat like I do…dude…I sweat A LOT…just ask my gym buddies they will vouch for me…this watch NEVER takes up that sweaty stank! It stays NICE! And odour free! And no sweat stains either! Its so much better than leather watch bands which…ugggh…get really gross if you wear them to the gym. TRUST ME. You don’t wanna know that smell…

I ADORE this Jord Sully Cherry And Maple Wood Watch and yeah I know….I got this as a perk…but DUDES…I’m ordering MORE…one for the hubby for Daddy’s Day!! He’s gonna LOVE it!

You have to get one if you love watches like I do! Do you love watches too? DO you wear them? Or not? I bet I can guess your age by your answer hahaha!

Trying Out The Amazing Paula’s Choice Skincare

You all know and have heard of Paula’s Choice Skincare by now. Started by Paula Begoun, Paula’s Choice Skincare is skincare that keeps its promises. All products have no added fragrance, dyes or ingredients that can harm the health and function of your skin. And they are part of the Leaping Bunny Program, which means no animal testing at all.

I’ve tried a few of Paula’s Choice products here and there, and did quite like them. But I’ve never tried a complete line that was dedicated to my specific skin type. What can I say-I’m a flighty skincare addict-I LIKE TO TRY EVERYTHING hahahaha. But with Paula’s choice I got to talk to a skincare consultant who asked specific questions about my skin and what issues I have, which is mainly dry, flaky sensitive skin with occasional acne and some big pores around my nose. It was pretty cool to have some one listen and talk to you about what you should be incorporating in your skincare. And based on what she heard, she suggested the Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Advanced Kit(on sale for $96.05)

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Advanced Kit

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Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Advanced Kit

 

This routine replenishes dry skin and prevents signs of aging. It leaves skin looking and feeling moisturized, smooth and radiant. Exactly what Tracy needs!

The Moisture Boost Cleanser($21.25 on sale)is a creamy cleanser that is really great! With ingredients that calm and soothe skin like Chamomile Extract and Aloe Vera, it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. I really like this cleanser! And you don’t need a lot of it either when using it. Some creamy cleansers you need a lot of product, but this one slightly lathers, so it spreads easier.

The Moisture Boost Toner($17 on sale) has converted me to be a toner user. I never used them before, as I didn’t see the point of them. But this one makes my skin soft! And it doesn’t irritate like most other toners do. I can feel it working and prepping my skin for the rest of the skincare. LOVE it.

The 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion($20.40 on sale) is the next step. It exfoliates, reduces breakouts, and lightly hydrates leaving a matte finish. I’ve been noticing that I get way less breakouts since using it and my pores are starting to look cleaner and tighter too. The skincare consultant told me to not use it every day, as my skin is so very sensitive. I use it every other day and it’s been great! But if your skin is normal, go ahead and use it ever day. I can detect a bit of an aspirin smell when I apply it, but it eventually goes away.

The Moisture Boost Cream($22.10 on sale) is outstanding. It’s thick, yet light and silky smooth in texture. It feels like I’ve just given my face a drink of water after I’ve applied it. My skin feels so smooth and perfectly moisturized.

The Moisture Boost Moisturizer SPF 30($22 on sale) is the last step. If you’re using any kind of chemical exfoliation, it’s important to use SPF to protect your skin and to also prevent any sun damage. It’s not greasy at all, absorbs instantly and doesn’t break me out!

The Paula’s Choice Skincare Extras

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Resist BHA 9 Acne Spot Treatment, and Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

 

The Resist BHA 9 Acne Spot Treatment($34 on sale) is a  concentrated, leave-on acne spot treatment clears up stubborn blemishes and unclogs and shrinks pores as well. Somehow it is very powerful and gets rid of any spots, yet it super gentle on the skin too! I’ve been using it on the pores on my nose to keep them clean and clear as the skincare consultant suggested, and it works great for that!

The Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum($28.90 on sale)  is a silky feeling, super antioxidant serum that contains a blend of amazing anti-aging ingredients that have been researched and proven to provide benefits. It contains stabilized Vitamin C plus potent antioxidants and Peptides to repair damaged cells and rebuild the skin’s protective barrier. I use it at night time, and layer the Moisture Boost Cream on top.

It’s a bit early to see any major changes from my Paula’s Choice Skincare Regimen, but I do notice a more even and brighter skin tone every day, with less redness on my cheeks. The less redness part is great! Oh, and of course no dry flakes either! So I’d say it’s working quite well for me!

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I also got to try out some of Paula’s Choice Makeup! The Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette was designed in collaboration with YouTube makeup artist Wayne Goss. I was kind of wondering how come Wayne hadn’t created any makeup yet since his brushes are so popular hahaha-I guess he did!

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Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

 

The Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette($34) contains 12 neutral eyeshadow shades. All are matte except there’s one soft shimmer shade that you can add on top of any shade to add some shine if you want.

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They are pretty nice matte eyeshadows I have to say! They are soft and smooth and build up in colour quite easily and blend beautifully. Like most mattes, there’s a bit of product kick-up when you dip your brush into them, so be careful.

Here’s a nice, simple day look and a smoky night time look I created with the palette.

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Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

It’s a great palette for sure and really affordable too!

I’ve tried a lot of skincare. A LOT. And I truly think that Paula’s Choice is a luxury skincare system on a budget. With amazing, quality ingredients, most of her products are under $50. Other companies might have some of the same ingredients, but at less effective concentrations and charge well over $100. I challenge you to take the Paula’s Choice challenge and see how her products can change your skin for the better. I have an exclusive promo code for you to get 20% off any one item and free shipping, using code PRIMP20. Also be sure to downloaded the Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP) app, which I am a proud new member of! PRIMP-Seal-2015

The app is free and really cool! You’ll see product reviews and makeup looks from both expert beauty bloggers (like moi) and every day women. You can also scan products in store when you’re shopping to see any reviews before you buy something! How many times have you needed something like that, hey? PRIMP has finally come to rescue you from buying a horrible product! Gotta love that!

Have you tried anything from Paula’s Choice Skincare before? What have you liked? If you haven’t, now’s the time! There’s a sale on, plus you can use my discount code too! It’s the perfect time to try!

California Dreamin’

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray.

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Supergoop Setting Mist SPF 50

I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.

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I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.

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All the flowering trees

 

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
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Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray.

You know the preacher liked the cold.

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The Hatbox Ghost Returns to the Haunted Mansion!

He knows I’m gonna stay.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

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Terry drawing something for Marky at the Animation Academy hahahaha

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.

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Surrat Blushes OMG GET ONE

I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.

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Typical Walking Day at Disneyland

 

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Dole Whip

BEER at HOB

Beer at the Hose Of Blues, Anaheim

If I didn’t tell her I could leave today

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Happy Daisies

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California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

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Olaf Olaf Olaf-he’s growing on me

 

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

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My Alex and Ani Disneyland Exclusive Bracelets!

 California Dreamin’. Always.   :D

How-To Spring: Walmart #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge!

I loves me a good challenge. Always have, always will. I like a fight… what can I say…should have taken up boxing now that I think about it! There’s not much that can keep this old chick down…and I say that with pride! From being bullied as a chubby child yet STILL playing basketball and volleyball, to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 15 years ago and STILL able to do Zumba-yeah I know I’m talking extremes here… but it’s all TRUE. Nothing has ever been all that easy for me. Life has been a challenge all the way. And, you know what gives me HUGE anxiety??!! Fashion and stuff like that! I live in leggings, jeans, t-shirts, workout clothes, runners..you get the idea. Oh sure, I love accessories and makeup and shoes…but that other stuff that goes along with being a girl??!! BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF TRACY’S LIFE. Multiple Sclerosis has been EASY compared to coordinating an outfit! I’m serious….#FashionChallenged

So when I was contacted to take part in the Walmart #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge, I hesitated for a bit. But then I thought…dude you can do this… :P

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Walmart #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge

I took some inspiration from Walmart’s Online Look Book which is kind of a wow for style challenged people like me! Take a look at it-it’s kind of awesome! You can shop for a specific Look, Colour Trend, Occasion or Theme of your choosing. And then when you actually go to Walmart, look for directional ‘How-To’ signage to guide your way to get your SPRING ON baby!

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Walmart #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge

Wanna see what I got? I’m kind of proud of myself…and it only took me an hour and a half…with some help from Terry HAHAHAHA. Yeah, that’s right…I needed my hubby’s help! He’s kind of got a good eye for colour!

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Walmart #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge

A dress! A DRESS. I hauled a maxi dress! How could I not? It was only $12…MY GOD. Walmart’s George line has great prices! And it’s nice too! I love it!

I’m not a huge fan of sandals to be honest, but these Dr.Scholl’s flats are a nice cross between sneakers and flats, so they’re fancier, right? My feet need more support than most flats can offer, plus look at this happy shade of bright red! Kind of makes the navy in the dress pop, hey? That’s what Terry said LOL! Like I said, my dude knows his colour! Maybe I’m getting this fashion thingy…   :P  Sort of?? hahahaha  :D :D

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Walmart #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge

And from now on I’ve decided to match my lipstick to my shoes…that’s style, right? RIGHT. That there is Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick 895 Poppy and LOVE it.

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Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick 895 Poppy

If you haven’t tried one of these Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks yet-DO IT. Yeah, they smell, sure. But they smell GOOD. Like some kind of amazing vanilla/caramel cake that’s so full of calories that WOW you’re saving your hips from Armageddon by wearing this…. True story.   :P  As you can tell, I love the smell, but maybe it is a bit much if you hate smells… but PFFTTTT... these are so lightweight and I can’t believe how pigmented and comfy they are! You have to get one.

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Maybelline’s BB Cream has SPF30 and I think it’s a summer must have. It’s nice and light, evens out my skin tone, protects my skin from the sun…what else do you need when the weather warms up? And the Rimmel London Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Sunkissed Cherry is perfect for the summer. It goes really well with bronzers…which btw…I HAD to get this one, the Physician’s Formula City Glow Daily Defense Bronzer Paris!

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Physician’s Formula City Glow Daily Defense Bronzer Paris

SERIOUSLY LOOK AT IT. HOLY MAN what a pretty bronzer! Also, I want to go back to Paris REAL BAD… so yeah! This was more expensive than my dress HAHAHA at $14.93, but worth every freakin’ penny because LOOK AT IT. So finely milled! Soft! And just the right amount of glow for a pale girl like me! I think I may have a serious bronzer addiction… I almost bought another one by Guerlain today until I slapped my face and reminded myself I had already gotten this one…and to be honest..they’re kind of the same once swatched so save yourself some $$$$ and get this one instead!

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Physician’s Formula City Glow Daily Defense Bronzer Paris

And since I’ve been having a hard time with my life turquatic lately, I had to get this Maybelline Color Tattoo in #40 Tenacious Teal, and WOW! I’m so glad I did! It’s amazingly pigmented and gorgeous!

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Maybelline Color Tattoo in #40 Tenacious Teal

Swatchy Time!

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Maybelline Color Tattoo in #40 Tenacious Teal, Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick 895 Poppy, Maybelline’s BB Cream has SPF30

SEE that TEAL!!! I’m so excited to try it! It’s perfect for summer!

And because I’m a practical Beauty Blogger, this is what rounded out my Walmart Spring Shopping Challenge. Lady Speed Stick Clinical Protection Triple Defense Antiperspirant because DUDE. Summer=SWEAT. Need it. And Live Clean has the most awesome little travel pack of their amazing skincare right now that’s just perfect for if, and more likely WHEN I go back to California…  :P And it was less than $8???!!! Amazing. If you haven’t tried out any of their skincare yet, you really should! It’s nice! And it comes in an airplane ready travel pack too! Perfect!

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Lady Speed Stick Clinical Protection Triple Defense Antiperspirant ,Live Clean Travel Skincare Pack

 Yup! I think I passed this Walmart #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge with flying colours! Right? I’m patting myself on the shoulder as I write this post, because seriously I’m not kidding- this was SO HARD for me! Do you find fashion/style as challenging as I do?

This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada, as part of the #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.

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