We have picked some fantastic products for our May Beauty Favourites. Whether it’s discovering newly launched products or products that are just new to us and we’re finally trying it for the first time, we get excited. Trying new cosmetic products never gets old for us. Product junkies at heart.
A couple stand out gems we came across this month are the SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONAL hair products… and the Biotherm Blue Therapy… and the new Stila sparkle eye shadows. OMG sparkles, sparkles, sparkles! I can’t get enough of their new eye shadow sparkles! Okay, all of the products on this list were stand out stars hence why they are on this months list! We literally love them all.
We are no strangers to the salon quality hair products of Sebastian Professional. His Potion 9 cult classic developed in the early 1990’s is still a top favourite hair product of ours. So we were super excited to try these 3 products from Sebastian Professional. Both of us have fallen in love with these hair products. The Stylixir is Natasha’s ultimate favourite find. Natasha’s hair is long and very thick. She certainly didn’t get this awesome trait from me and my thin hair. She found that it made her hair incredibly soft, shiny, conditioned and so much more manageable. This hair smoothing elixir protects hair from heat styling, de-frizzes and moisturizes the hair. It is non-greasy while providing natural texture making it easy to style and create numerous styles.
The Texturizer is my (Laura’s) favourite. This is a liquid gel that doesn’t make your hair ‘crunchy’ like the gels of the past. It gives texture to the hair and makes styling it a breeze. It’s awesome for all hair types but for my thin hair, I find it perfect. It doesn’t weigh down my hair or make it look oily. It gives my hair more volume and makes styling it so much easier. My hair feels fuller and like I actually have more hair then I really do. I’ll take that.
What beauty products are you loving lately? Let us know!
Laura & Natasha
(written by Laura)
We’ve been busy trying out some new products lately. With it finally being Spring and all, it feels like a good reason to change up regular products and routines. Oh, who are we kidding? We are always up for trying out new products! 😉 Would we be true product junkies if that wasn’t one of our favourite things to do? We think not. We get so excited when we try some new products and we know instantly that we are onto something AWESOME. Our picks for this month are products that we quickly incorporated into our (already endless) beauty regime.
This newly launched little gem of a product is da bomb. Truly. If there is one product for the face that I can never get enough of it is surely eye products. Considering the eye area is the first to show signs of aging. There ya go. That’s why I am forever obsessed with eye products! And as I get older (and older) the more focus and effort I give to the skin around my eyes. As for Natasha who is in her early 20’s, she can still benefit from using this eye serum. I have always stressed how important it is to start taking care of your skin early. The earlier in life you take care of your skin the better. So while she doesn’t have wrinkles… yet, (everyone WILL get them eventually people) using eye products will definitely help keep them at bay longer. Plus it just helps keep your eye area looking the best it can possibly be at every age.
In recent years we’ve become much more aware and interested in products that are not tested on animals. Skyn ICELAND is an 100% cruelty free brand. I mean in this day and age of so much information at our finger tips we have no excuse to continue to stick our heads in the sand and be uninformed.
The Brightening Eye Serum is loaded with 20+ peptides, potent algae extracts and antioxidants.
So let’s list exactly what this eye serum will do: De-puffs, brightens, smooths lines, wrinkle repair, targets and treats the signs of aging around the eyes, gives intense hydration and improves elasticity.
Phew! Is that enough reasons? And let us tell you, it does check all of those concerns off the list! I’ve never had to deal with dark circles until recently. Ahhh… the aging process is so fun. So this has become mama’s best friend as of late. Thank you Skyn ICELAND for this star eye product. Just thank you!
Now to further help aid in the fight of aging and/or tired eyes there is Skyn Iceland’s best-selling Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. The perfect partner to their new Brightening Eye Serum. If you’ve not heard or tried these yet… what cha’ waiting for?! Oh. My. God. So awesome.
The Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels have literally become a cult favourite for Hollywood actresses and models worldwide. And with good reason. Named Good Housekeeping’s Lab Test Winner for Instant Eye Revivers in 2015 and raved by beauty editors galore from Allure to Vogue, they’ve quickly become a must-have for everyone and anyone who needs… an instant eye hydration boost, cooling, depuffing, dark circle diminishing, pre-mature wrinkle prevention… in just 10 minutes! Excellent for prepping for that special night out, after a long flight or when you’re just plain stressed out and tired. Only problem we have with them is that we love them so much and would use them daily if we could! Definite must try product for everyone. Men and women!
Skyn ICELAND facts:
– 100% cruelty free brand, certified by PETA.
– their products are 100% vegan – free of parabens, mineral oils, petroleum and sulfates.
– they favor and use packaging that can be recycled.
Of course we can’t not talk about highlighters. I mean, just one scroll through IG and it’s pretty clear there is a highlighter fad happening. It’s pretty evident some people are really digging their highlighters out there! We love a good highlighting just like the next gal, but some are taking highlighting their face to a whole other level. That’s part of the reason we are loving this new bareMinerals highlighter. It’s called ‘invisible’ glow for a reason. This beautifully hand made, light baked powder is meant to look like a natural, healthy glow on your skin. These gorgeous highlighters are made by Italian artisans and no 2 are the same. They begin as a cream then are baked on a terracotta tile for 24hrs and hand finished to an ultra light luminous powder. Made with no fillers or binders and are not tested on animals. We have used and have been big fans of the bareMinerals brand for many years and this highlighter just gives us one more reason to show them more love.
Yes, liquid lipstick have officially become the latest lip product craze. We are all out there scouring high and low at the beauty counters in hunt for the best liquid lipstick, (or is that just us?). Well we can all just stop. Our beloved professional makeup brand, MAKE UP FOR EVER has once again (as always) pulled through for us all. I’m not even kidding when I say that they killed it and found the perfect combination of everything we’ve been searching for in a liquid matte. We have said it before and I’ll say it again, we both have dry lips. Seriously dry. Like all the time… dry. I love lipstick and I love colour on my lips but liquid lipsticks, especially matte liquid make my lips shrivel up. Like a piece of dry fruit. Cute right? Not exactly the look I’m striving for. This one is a must try and you won’t be disappointed. We were both legitimately surprised at how they wear. Unbelievably they did not dry out our lips in the least. They are extremely pigmented and we both found that they provide extreme long-lasting wear, at least 7 hours even after we eat/drink. Really, really comfortable to wear.
The only complaint we have about them is we wish they had more colour selection! There are currently six shades available. I think these will be a huge success for them and then maybe we’ll see more colours added. MAKE UP FOR EVER please hear our prayers!
*products pictured in this post were provided to us by PR for review purposes. all opinions are our own.
Let us know if you’ve tried any of these star products yet and what you think?!
Til next time beauties, Laura & Natasha xox
(written by Laura)
Beautycounter recently launched a new skin care collection to their lineup titled Beautycounter+. Beautycounter+ is a collection of targeted treatments formulated with safer ingredients to enhance your daily skin care regiment. The new line features three separate collections to suit different skin types. Each collection contains a facial oil, mask and mist. Beautycounter+ includes the Brightening Collection, Plumping Collection and Balancing Collection.
We had the opportunity to test out the Plumping Collection. Both of us love all things skin care and do our best to take care of our skin. So we were pretty excited to try out the new Beautycounter+ line! We have written a few features on Beautycounter’s products on our site previously. We absolutely LOVE Beautycounter. Every product we have tried from them we both have loved and would actually repurchase. (Their lip glosses are amazing! Non-sticky and long lasting.)
However the main reason we love Beautycounter is because of their philosophy and what they stand for. Beautycounter promotes clean beauty and only use safe ingredients in their products. They have tested and banned over 1,500 harmful ingredients that are commonly used in other cosmetic brands! When you purchase a Beautycounter product, you can be assured that you are not putting any kind of harmful ingredient on your body.
The Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection does not disappoint. Formulated with peony and jasmine essences, the Plumping Collection is designed to restore and firm moisture-depleted skin. This collection is absolutely perfect for any one who suffers from dry skin (like myself) and needs a boost of hydration.
I was really impressed with the quality of each product in the collection (facial mask, oil and mist). Each product does what it claims and adds moisture to your skin. When all three products are used in conjunction, it really does make a huge difference. I’ve used the three products for the past week and a half and my skin seems firmer and more hydrated. I don’t feel the need to use as much moisturizer at night now. The stand out product in the collection for me was the No.2 Plumping Facial Oil ($68). It is by far the best facial oil I have ever used! I have dry skin but also get occasional breakouts/redness and have found that a lot of oils make my skin break out. I was pleasantly surprised with Beautycounter’s Plumping Facial Oil. It is lightweight and not greasy at all. The facial oil contains seven natural oils and smells absolutely divine due to the fragrant jasmine oil! Contains no synthetic or mineral oils and can be worn day and night. The oil has made a noticeable different in my skin tone and I will continue using the Plumping Oil in my skin care routine. My mom (Laura) is more of an oily skin type but she also uses and likes the Plumping Facial Oil. It works with all skin types.
Who else just can’t stop adding blushes and highlighters to their collections? We’re just a little bit obsessed. Although we already own way more than we should, we couldn’t help but purchase a few more beauties recently. (The struggle is real! 😉 )
We were SO happy to finally come across Milani Cosmetics‘ Rose Powder Blushes at one of our local drugstores after having admired these blushes for years. It was incredibly exciting to finally get our hands on some Milani! Not only are the Rose Powder Blushes beautiful to look at, we were super impressed with the quality of the product. Pigmented, easy to build, long-lasting colour. At only $10.50 CDN, Milani blushes can’t be beat when it comes to drugstore beauty.
Our little shopping session did not just end with two Milani blushes. Once we get going, we have absolutely zero will power, cannot be stopped and ended up with a few more items. Physicians Formula has always been one of our favourite drugstore beauty brands. We’ve tried so many of their products over the years and there honestly hasn’t been one product of theirs that we didn’t like. Physicians Formula’s new Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette is no exception. Featuring three shades, it makes contouring and highlighting easy. The highlighters are pigmented and provide an insane highlight. LOVE this product.
What are some of your fave highlighters/blushes? Let us know!
Natasha & Laura xo (written by Natasha)