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
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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)

ALL ABOUT THAT GLOW.

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NEW PHYSICIANS FORMULABronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette
MILANI COSMETICSRose Powder Blush / Shade: Tea Rose
MILANI COSMETICSRose Powder Blush / Shade: Coral Cove
ESSENCE COSMETICSPure NUDE Highlighter
NEW WET N WILDMegaGlo Highlighting Powder / Shade: Precious Petals

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 CosmeticsRose 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)

September Beauty Favourites

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It’s no secret that we love are obsessed with all things cosmetics. It doesn’t seem to matter how many lipsticks, lip glosses, blushes, liners, etc we have, there are always others on our ‘must have-gotta have list’.
We have certainly tried many, many, many cosmetic products. But only certain ones end up being a continuous favourite in our makeup bags.

We thought we’d share some of our combined fave’s that we have used in the past couple of months.

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NIVEA ESSENTIAL LIP BALM

I don’t know what the deal is but my mom and I have been consistently complaining about our dry, sore lips for at least a month now. We mustn’t ever be too far from our trusty lip balms!

Over the years we have tried a ridiculous amount of balms and have found some goodies. Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm & Bioderma’s Autoderm Lip Balm are some of our favourites.

We recently tried NIVEA’s Essential Lip Balm (pictured above) and have to say, we were both shocked at how moisturizing it is. For the price (only a few dollars at the drugstore) it definitely exceeded our expectations. It does what it is supposed to do – hydrate & moisturize your lips without feeling like you have to reapply it a billion times a day. Definitely recommend this balm if you’re looking for a less expensive yet effective lip treatment. – Natasha

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BEAUTIFUL BROW KIT BY KISS ($8)

Brows have been the ‘it‘ thing in the cosmetic world. Companies are launching brow products like crazy. I’ve never seen so many different choices for brows in the market ever! Having your brows done is a critical step in your over all look. It basically finishes off your face and makes your eyes pop. When doing make up on a client I always just do 1 brow first so they can see the difference and they are always, always shocked.

We admit that we own numerous brow products and I actually love quite a few of them. One of my absolute favourites is Gimme Brow by Benefit. It is a fiber gel formula and it is truly amazing. But it is on the pricier side at $30 Cdn. My other favourite brow item is Lise Watier’s Double Definition Automatic Brow Liner. It is a non-sharpening, roll up pencil. Works great for achieving that total defined brow look. It is also a little pricey at $21 Cdn.

So when we came across this brow compact by Kiss at $8 Cdn we were very impressed. For an inexpensive option this is a steal. It is a powder brow kit and contains everything you’ll need for beautiful brows. The package contains tweezers, angle brush, razor and several brow shaping stencils, 2 brow colours, wax and a highlighter. – Laura

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NEOSTRATA LASH ENHANCER SERUM ($60)

I have always wanted long, gorgeous lashes but never had them. It didn’t matter what mascara I used or how many coats I applied, I was never totally happy. Natasha on the other hand doesn’t suffer from that ‘ain’t got any lashes’ problem. She already has gorgeous long lashes, so as her mom I say to her… ‘you’re welcome.’

I have been using NeoStrata’s Lash Enhancer Serum for the past couple of months and my lashes are noticeably longer. Now when I apply mascara every day my lashes are visibly fuller.
Although directions say you can apply it 2x’s a day, I’ve only been applying it at night before bed. Just a light swipe across my top lash line. It’s not sticky or heavy and I don’t even know it’s on.

It contains SymPeptide™ 226EL which is a biotechnological peptide that is clinically proven to increase the length and volume of the eye lashes. Natasha has even commented that she wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t seen the difference in my lashes for herself. – Laura

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BENEFIT COSMETICS POREFESSIONAL FACE PRIMER ($31)

This product has been a continuous TOP FAVE product for the past couple of years. We both use it daily. It makes your pores appear smaller and blurs fine lines and wrinkles.

It is a face primer which can be used under your foundation as a base or can be used on top as well. It has an amazing silky, creamy, oil free texture that contains Vitamin E which is a great antioxidant for your skin. I prefer to use a different primer under my foundation (over my entire face) then I use a small dab of the Porefessional on top of my foundation. Like Benefit says ‘a little dab will do ya’ and they aren’t lying. I gently pat a tiny bit on my problem areas which are my pores around my nose area and the fine lines around my eyes. 

It’s like a little make up secret that I’m so happy to know about! I feel like I discovered it and want to tell all women! haha! 
I recommend it to everyone and use it whenever I do a clients make up. It is truly an amazing product that I absolutely love and can’t live without. Well, okay, I can live without it… but I don’t want to.  😉 – Laura

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DR TEAL’S PURE EPSOM SALT BODY WASH & LOTION with Lavender

Available in 4 aromoatherapeutic fragrances: Lavender, Eucalyptus & Spearmint, Chamomile, and Ginger & Clay. 

This is a new product we tried and at first we weren’t too sure if we’d like it just because it contains lavender. The smell of lavender isn’t necessarily one of my favourite smells. But what did interest us in giving this product a try is the fact that it contains Epsom Salt. Everyone knows the healing powers of Epsom Salt. How it relieves all kinds of aches and pains and helps relax your muscles. That combined with the lavender benefits of calming and relaxing we figured it’s at least worth a try.

Surprisingly the lavender smell was very mild and I actually didn’t mind it in the slightest. I don’t prefer to give up on my other beloved body washes but we both found that after work outs and exercising using these 2 products definitely had some soothing and relaxing benefits. Infact the other day I had a major pain issue in the back of my neck and shoulder area (like a stress knot) and I applied just the lotion and in a few minutes it actually eased. It didn’t take the pain away but I felt it took the edge off. I wouldn’t use it everyday, but I definitely use it when needed for any aching muscles.
Laura

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Full list of our September Beauty Favourites

Lise Watier Bronze & Lumieres Illuminating Face Gel, Mèreadesso Tinted Lip Balm, Neostrata Lash Enhancer Serum, Dr Teal’s Lavender Pure Epsom Salt Body Wash & Lotion, Essence Gel Nail Polish in shade Fame Fatal, NYX High Voltage Lipstick, NIVEA Essential Lip Balm, Lise Watier Metamorfix, MAC Nylon Eyeshadow, Benefit Cosmetics Lolli Tint & Porefessional Primer, Lancome Paris Lip Gloss, CHANEL bronzer, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Emani Organic Lip Gloss, Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in shade Rose, KISS Beautiful Brow Kit, VICHY Liftactiv Serum 10.

Let us know what products you are currently loving! 
Laura & Natasha xo

7 On-Trend Beauty Products For Fall 2015

Fall2015MustHavesFall doesn’t officially start until September 23rd. That does not mean however that we have to wait until then to talk Fall makeup. Most of the beautiful new Fall makeup collections have already hit the shelves. 

We don’t get caught up in the advertising hype of believing we must buy every single newly released lipstick or eyeshadow palette each season. A few new essential products will jazz up your collection & last you well throughout the Fall and Winter months. It’s important to choose the products wisely to get the most for your money. We’ve made it easy peesy and compiled a list of 7 Essential Beauty Products that are on-trend for Fall 2015. Check it out!

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GLOWING SKIN: TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION ($49)

This will come as no surprise – Glowing, healthy beautiful skin is always in. However during the cold weather months, skin can start looking a little dull & dehydrated. This is when skin requires more care & attention to keep it looking its best. Along with the basics – cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, exercise & drinking plenty of water, a great foundation is key to achieving a beautiful glow. The right foundation will reduce redness, hide imperfections, even out your skin tone and give you the natural glow you’ve been searching for.
 
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A pop of colour to the cheeks creates a healthy glow instantly. Make your cheeks the center of attention by keeping the eyes and lips neutral. Apply the blush liberally, add a light sweep of mascara and a dash of gloss.
EssieFall2015METALLIC NAILS: ‘Tis the season of deep, dark, bold polishes! As you may know, I am a huge fan of Essie nail polish. They have a large colour selection and some of my all-time favourite polishes were created by Essie: Bordeaux, Bikini So Teeny, Blossom Dandy. We love that Essie releases new collections quite frequently but still manage to keep the shades different and exciting. We may own more Essie polishes than we care to admit but still always look forward to seeing each new collection.

Essie’s Fall 2015 Collection features 6 rich shades inspired by the 1970’s rock n roll music era. We absolutely love that Essie combined music & nail polish –  two of our favourite things! Leggy Legend, a metallic bronze & Frock ‘n Roll, metallic espresso are our top picks from the collection.
Lise-Watier-Fall-2015-Eyevolution-QuartetSHOWSTOPPING EYES: Limited Edition LISE WATIER EYEVOLUTION EYESHADOW QUARTET ($37)

Dramatic metallic eyes are always a showstopper. Lise Watier’s new Limited Edition EYEvolution Eyeshadow Quartet features four creme-to-powder shadows which range from a matte to shimmering finish. The shades are all very subtle and neutral. Flattering on all skin tones and easy to wear. You can read our full Lise Watier Fall 2015 Collection review here

mac_sku_M1G601_640x600_0WINGED EYELINER: MAC COSMETICS LIQUID EYE LINER ($21)

 

s1741032-main-hero-300DRAMATIC LASHES: BURBERRY BOLD LASH MASCARA ($32)

s1637099-main-hero-300BERRY LIPS: NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK in the shade Janet ($39)

Just like nails, lips also get bolder & darker come Fall. Berry lipstick shades are very on trend this season and have been appearing in various Fall 2015 runway shows. 

What are some of your favourite makeup products for Fall? Let us know!

Happy Fall Beauties!
Natasha xo