Tried & Tested: #2

Don’t you just love when you come across products that are amazing and actually live up to their expectations? Products that you purchase over and over because they are simply the best. I know. Me too. Love that.
Nothing worse then wasting your money on a product that you’re not happy with. Let me tell ya, these 3 products are definitely ‘Tried & Tested‘ and I love them!

IMG_3750ghhh2Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal Hot Pink  ($23 Cdn)

I am very picky when choosing a lipstick as my lips are constantly dry. Putting lipstick on dry lips just doesn’t quite look so hot! So any lipsticks I do purchase have to be moisturizing first and foremost.
Smashbox lipsticks have been a longtime favourite brand of mine and I own numerous tubes. I love the amazing colour selection they offer and the fact that they contain Shea Butter for hydration. 
This particular one is a perfect colour for spring and summer.
It’s so vibrant and sexy!

IMG_3761gg2Bioderma Sebium Micellaire Solution (250ml: $22 Cdn)

I love this micellaire solution! I remember when I first heard of these ‘water cleansers’ years ago. I was completely confused by them. What were they all about? It didn’t make sense that I didn’t have to rinse with water after… I wash with the water solution? How is that ‘water solution’ really cleaning my skin? Where is all of that soapy-sudsy-ness I am so used to?

Gone. Welcome to the new way to cleanse your face ladies! One easy step. Boom. This Bioderma solution happens to be the #1 cleanser in France. I think them french women on onto something here…

At the product training I attended (6+ years ago), they explained in great detail what ingredients are in this solution and why they actually work. In the most basic terminology, what I got out of it was that the micelles are natural molecules that break down the dirt, pollution and makeup on your skin.

It is fragrance free, soap free and hypoallergenic and has the same ph balance as your skin. It is extremely gentle and safe for even the most sensitive skins.

I love that it is easy and quick to use. I usually use 1-2 cotton pads to cleanse my entire face depending on how much makeup I have on. It can even be used to remove your eye makeup, however, I still prefer to use a separate remover specifically for my eyes.

There is no reason to use another cleanser after you remove your makeup with this solution. Your skin is perfectly cleansed and ready for moisturizer! Love that.

IMG_3763gg333g Pur Minerals 4 In 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup with SPF15 in Light ($27 Cdn)

This mineral makeup is everything you want and need in one. It’s your foundation, concealer, powder and spf15 all in one l’il package! Bam!

I have used this product for years and I can’t say enough great things about it. I have a normal to combination skin type and it works well at controlling the shine without having to re-powder every hour.

I have also used it on my clients with dryer skin types. They would be extremely worried that the powder would make their skin look even dryer. I have to reassure them that it is not a regular compact powder which would definitely sit on top of the skin and make it look very powdery and dry. That’s the beauty of mineral powders, the grind is completely different then that of a compact powder. It is very fine and light which when blended onto the skin actually works with the natural oils making the finish much more natural.

Pur Minerals is a smooth, pure mineral powder makeup with Shea Butter and Vitamin E.  Safe for even very sensitive skin, won’t clog pores and it has no parabens. (everyone always asks that question!)

You can get light to full coverage, however if you prefer that extremely flawless kind of look I recommend using a liquid foundation first then an application of the mineral powder on top to finish it off. Otherwise for an everyday look and to even out your skin tone, this product is awesome!

I use it daily and the best thing about it is people always compliment how healthy my skin appears. No powdery finish and it looks natural. Perfect!

What products are your absolute favourite, can’t live without, Tried & Tested? We’d love to hear from you!

Til next time,
Laura xo