November Beauty Favourites

Happy November Beauties! We know, we know.. it’s been quite awhile since our last post. A lot has been happening – we finally moved into a nice new home & have been unpacking and getting comfortable here. We are now feeling refreshed and ready to get back to blogging! A lot of changes are on the horizon and we can’t wait to share! Stay tuned…

Anyone else super excited that the Holiday season is upon us?! I am loving the crisp, cold weather and longer nights. Makes me want to start baking Christmas goodies. We haven’t gotten around to putting up the Xmas tree yet however a few smaller ornaments have already made their way out. 😉

We couldn’t stay away from our beloved beauty products for too long on the blog! We are back with our monthly favourites and wanted to share some new discoveries.

November Beauty Favourites:
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVERArtist Face Color Trio
Shades: S114 (Sculpting Powder), B316 (Blush), H102 (Highlighter)
MAKE UP FOR EVERWater Blend Face & Body Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVERPro Sculpting Palette
NEW LA ROCHE-POSAYEffaclar Sebo-Controlling Mask
LA ROCHE-POSAYRespectissime Volume Mascara
NEW LA ROCHE-POSAYSerozinc Solution
LA ROCHE-POSAYHydreane BB Creme
SECHE VITESeche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat
LIPSMACKERMarvel Superhero Black Widow Lip Balm


NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER – ARTIST FACE COLOR
Shades pictured: S114 (Sculpting Powder), B316 (Blush), H102 (Highlighter)

We are so excited about MAKE UP FOR EVER’s latest release – Artist Face Color. MAKE UP FOR EVER designed a revolutionary palette system which allows you to create your own single, duo or trio palette suited to your color preference. The Artist Face Color collection contains 34 refillable highlight, sculpt and blush shades.

We absolutely love that MAKE UP FOR EVER created a customizable palette collection. I think we’ve all had that experience where you purchase a contour duo or trio and one of the colours just does not work with your skin tone or maybe you only really like one certain colour. With this new collection, the amazing thing is you get to choose your own shades from a vast selection! When a shade runs out, you can easily remove it (the palette is magnetic) and replace it with a brand new one. No need to buy a whole new palette for just one shade.

As with all MAKE UP FOR EVER products, the quality is incredible. The highlight, sculpt and blush are all eay to blend and extremely pigmented. A little bit really does go a long way.

Prices: A single shade is $31, Duo – $44, Trio – $56.

If you suffer from oily skin, you are going to love these new releases from La Roche-Posay. They recently released 2 brand new products suited specially to oily skin types – Serozinc and the new Effaclar Mask.

Their new Serozinc spray is an interesting product! It is a purifying mist designed to regulate sebum and mattify the skin. It’s a great alternative to using blotting papers or powders to get rid of shine. In addition, La Roche-Posay also released a new mask suited for oily skin. Formulated with clay to purify and absorb oil, the Effaclar Mask is extremely gentle and won’t dry out your skin.

We both really love the new Serozinc spray. It can be used over makeup. It’s a super easy, refreshing fix to get rid of shine.

*some of the products pictured were sent to us by PR for review purposes. all thoughts and opinions are our own.

What products are you loving lately? Let us know!
Natasha & Laura xo
(written, photos by Natasha)

August Beauty Favourites

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August Beauty Favourites:
NEW JERGENS – Vitamin E Moisturizer
NEW JERGENS – Soothing Aloe Moisturizer
JERGENS – Hydrating Coconut Moisturizer
NEW JERGENS – Ultra Care Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer
NEW JERGENS – Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer
NEW JERGENS – Moisturizer for Wet Skin with Argan Oil
NEW THE BODY SHOP – Tea Tree Oil Anti-Imperfection Night Mask
NEW THE BODY SHOP – Spa Of The World Ethiopian Green Coffee Firming Cream
NEW THE BODY SHOP – Spa Of The World French Grape Seed Body Scrub
NEW THE BODY SHOP – Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER – Aqua XL Ink Liner/Shade: D-60 diamond brown
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MAKE UP FOR EVER – Aqua XL Color Paint/Shade: I-50 iridescent warm beige

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Jergens® is celebrating their 100th anniversary here in Canada this year! We have used many Jergens products over the years and are continually impressed with their new releases. They recently updated the formula of their moisturizers to a new hydralucence blend. We really like the new formula – all seven of their core moisturizers are hydrating, non-greasy, smell amazing and are long-lasting.

One of my all time favourite moisturizers is Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin. I discovered it a few years ago and have been through a few bottles since. When it was first released, they only had two different formulas – Green Tea Oil and Coconut Oil. I was more than happy to find out that they recently released a brand new Moisturizer For Wet Skin scent – Argan Oil! It smells absolutely amazing. It may actually be my favourite scent out of the three. We love the Moisturizer for Wet Skin so much that we previously wrote about it – see here.

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Last week we had the opportunity to preview The Body Shop’s new exciting releases for Fall/Winter 2017! Every year they blow us away with their unique, fun range of gift options for the Holiday season. They did not disappoint this year. Expect a wide array of gifts ranging in sizes and price points. Their countdown gift advent calenders will be making a return, as well as a new New Years advent calender option! There will be many gift sets available – Spa Of The World, strawberry sets and more.

Where my pumpkin lovers at??? It’s September 1st tomorrow and we all know what that means. IT’S PUMPKIN SEASON BABY!
(Side note: I tried to order a PSL at Starbucks today and they refused. Not available until September 5. 🙁 )

We have some AMAZING news for all our fellow pumpkin addicts. The Body Shop will be releasing a full PUMPKIN line soon!!! We got to test the Pumpkin body cream and let me just tell you… I. CAN’T. EVEN. I wanted to take the whole jar and rub it all over my body. No joke. It was absolutely AMAZING and I am literally counting down the days until they release it this Fall. If you are a pumpkin-aholic, you will LOVE the new line. Stay tuned my lil pumpkin lovers.

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NEW French Grape Seed Body Scrub / NEW Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream /
NEW Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm

These little beauties are just some of the new products that we discovered at The Body Shop’s Fall/Winter preview. We are most excited about the two brand new additions to their ultra luxurious line, ‘Spa Of The World‘ – the new Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream & French Grape Seed Scrub.

We are huge fans of The Body Shop’s Spa Of The World skincare line. Luxurious, rich, spa-like full-range collection of body care made with heavenly natural scents and ingredients – what’s not to love?! We previously reviewed and featured the whole line on our site, (click here to find out more.)

Our favourite product from the Spa Of The World line was previously the Hawaiian Kukui Cream… However now after trying the new Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream, we can’t possibly choose between the two. The new Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream is absolutely divine. It is 100% vegan and made with hand-harvested organic Ethiopian green coffee from the Kaffa region. Caffeine is a natural stimulating property which firms the skin. The cream has a really nice faint scent, which doesn’t actually smell anything like ground coffee! The cream contains ‘green’ coffee, so if you are not a coffee fan, don’t let the name fool you. It has a beautiful natural, fresh smell to it.
Like all of the Spa Of The World creams, it melts into the skin effortlessly and is completely nourishing and non-greasy.

Did you know that The Body Shop were the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing? One of the many reasons why we adore The Body Shop and everything that they stand for. 80% of countries still allow animal testing.. Help make a difference and join The Body Shop’s fight against animal testing by signing their petition: thebodyshop.com/en-ca/BanAnimalTesting

What beauty products are you currently loving? Let us know!
*products pictured in this post were provided to us by PR for review purposes. all opinions are our own.

Natasha & Laura xo
(written by Natasha)

April Beauty Favourites

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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.

APRIL BEAUTY FAVOURITES:
NEW Skyn ICELAND Brightening Eye Serum
NEW Skyn ICELANDHydro Cool Firming Neck Gels
Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVERArtist Liquid Matte Lipsticks
NEW bareMinerals – Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter in shade Medium

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NEW Skyn ICELAND – Brightening Eye Serum

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.

Skyn ICELAND Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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NEW bareMinerals – Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter in shade Medium

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.

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NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER – Artist Liquid Matte
Shades pictured above (from left to right) : 109, 101, 203

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)

November Beauty Favourites

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It’s already mid November, which for us means…”It’s the Holidays!” Every season we look forward to new cosmetic launches and discovering all of the latest, hottest colours. The holiday season is always one of our favourite times for makeup choices because it means lots of bold, rich, shimmery and shininess. It’s the time of year you can go for the gusto and get as glitzed and glittery as you want. And not look totally out of place.

November Beauty Favourites:
NEW MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Light Fusion 1
NEW LISE WATIER Arabesque Blush
ESQIDO False Eyelashes
ESQIDO Eyelash Glue
NEW JOUVIANCE Glyco/Laser 5 Soft Peel Mask 5% Glycolic Acid
NEW JOUVIANCE Glyco/Laser 10 Soft Peel Lotion 10% AHA + BHA
JOUVIANCE 3-in-1 Pro Corrector
BIODERMA Sebium Pore Refiner
NEW BIODERMA Sebium Mat Control
VICHY Ideal Body Aqua Sorbet
REVLON PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Light Fusion #01 ($43)

Saying we love highlighters would be an understatement. I mean, who isn’t highlighting now adays? Before the whole ‘contour/highlighting/strobing’ craze started, I had been highlighting and contouring my own face and anyone else’s I did makeup on. For years. I was calling it the Jlo Glow before even Jlo was! Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration. But certainly it was before cosmetic companies were actually manufacturing ‘contour & highlighting kits’!! Even just a few short years ago there were no ‘highlighting’ products. For some contrast on my cheeks I would use the lightest, most glowy pink or peach blush (sometimes an opal shimmered eyeshadow) and apply it on the highest points of my cheek bones. Voila. Contoured cheek bones. I think I’ve always had a ‘cheek bone’ obsession. When I was around 9 or 10 years old, Bo Derek was in a movie called ’10’ and I was mesmerized by her cheekbones. Seriously. Her defined cheeks made a permanent mark in my mind and I wanted to be her! I’ve always loved that look. 

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Light Fusion is made with a soft-shimmer gel formula which provides a beautiful natural-looking highlight. We love that this luminizer is subtle yet pigmented which can be built up for a more dramatic look. It’s very easy to blend and like all of MUFE’s products, the staying power is incredible. You don’t have to worry that your highlight will fade away halfway through the day. Once applied, Pro Light Fusion’s luminous glow will last the entire day.

We have been using this insanely gorgeous highlighter like crazy and loving it. Obsessed. Thank you MAKE UP FOR EVER for answering our perfect highlighter wishes! 😉

Pro Light Fusion is available in 2 shades: Rose Gold #01 (pictured above) & Golden #02.

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ESQIDO False Eyelashes ”Oh So Sweet’ ($32)

If you are like us and just can’t get enough of falsies, you have to give ESQIDO a try. These lashes are like the cadillac of lashes. Amazing quality and absolutely beautiful. These lashes make a huge difference by taking your overall makeup look from ‘very pretty‘ to ‘wowzers’! And who doesn’t want to be a wowzer after all?  

Handcrafted with 100% premium mink hair, ESQIDO false eyelashes are supremely luxurious. Seen on the red carpet, celebrities and professional makeup artists frequently use Esqido lashes.

These are definitely the best quality lashes that we have ever tried. They exude perfection and feel extremely comfortable to wear. We tried the ‘Oh So Sweet’ pair which we found to be the perfect length and fullness for that extra ‘va va voom’ effect! It’s crazy to say but wearing these amazing lashes made us feel extra special! 

We also tried Esqido’s Companion Lash Glue ($10) and we both were super impressed with the formula. It’s an invisible glue specially designed for mink lashes. It is latex-free and designed to hold lashes all day long.

Ranging from $24-$42 a pair, there is a variety of different lash styles available. ESQIDO recently launched in Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

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NEW JOUVIANCE Glycolic Acid Mask 5% ($40)
NEW JOUVIANCE GlycoLaser Lotion ($40)

It’s no secret that we love our Canadian brands! So anytime we try products made in Canada and we love them we want to share it with everyone. Jouviance recently launched their new 10% AHA Peel lotion and the 5% Glycolic Acid Peel Mask. We’ve used glycolic for years and I could write all day long about how much we love Glycolic and AHA’s but I will spare you all! 

What I will say is that these ingredients are proven to work and are extremely effective skincare treatments. Plus, Oprah and Dr. Oz have mentioned numerous times how great these ingredients are. So… 

To sum up in a few words just what Glycolic Acid and AHA’s do… exfoliates to eliminate the dead skin cells which help reduce lines and wrinkles, brightens dull skin, produces collagen and elastin and hydrates. Basically it is a little miracle in a bottle that makes your skin look young, healthy and beautifully radiant. 

The GlycoLaser 10% is a fluid lotion that you apply onto the skin after cleansing. This detoxifies and hydrates the skin. I have an oily T-zone so I apply it only on this area where as Natasha likes to use it all over her face. We both use this product nightly after cleansing off our makeup. 

The Glycolic Acid Mask 5% can be used 2-3 times a week. We both love, and I mean love this mask because it helps deep clean our large pores around the nose area. God I really hate those nose pores! Oh, and while I’m on the subject of nose pores, pores don’t ever really ‘just disappear’. What happens is they become larger through time from not cleansing properly. To help make them appear smaller keep the skin extremely clean so the pores don’t collect dirt. When you see those little black heads on and around the nose, that is dirt/oil in your pores. This mask is like a magic helper! Keeps the pores clean and blackheads away! 

What are some of your current favourite beauty products?
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)