Summer Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials: Top 5 drugstore/ Top 5 High Endimage

Hey there folks! 🙂

Summer is finally upon us and life has become very busy and somewhat hectic! (Work wise and personally!)

So let’s just get in to it shall we?!

Here is a quick post on my Top 5 Summer Essentials!! (Drugstore & High End versions)

Drugstore

1- Loreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray( now there’s a long title!)
I have been using this in place of my beloved Urban Decay setting sprays and I love it. The price is right and It will especially be good for the summer months when you want to really lock in your face makeup and also give yourself a nice cooling mist!

2- Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
This bad boy comes in clear and also hair colour shades. I bought mine in “Deep Brown”
This is perfect for those lazy (and hot) summer days when you don’t want to worry about filling in your brows so precisely but also don’t want to leave them looking unkept. The lasting power is pretty impressive too! Definitely a summer essential!

3- Loreal Infallibe Pro Matte Foundation
If you are anything like me, you can somewhat turn into an oil slick in the summer. I have heard many good things about this foundation, told my mother to try it out and then I finally purchased it after she said she liked it. It’s a Demi-matte finish that doesn’t look or feel overly cakey. For a drugstore foundation, it isn’t too shabby! 😉

4- NYX Wonder Pencil
This little fella can be used as a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner ( says the packaging) An extra bonus is it can be used to help carve out and highlight your eyebrows! Multi use products in the busy summertime can be your best friend!

5- Maybelline Master Prime Primers
These come in three different formulas that you can choose based on your skin and the affect you want to achieve. I purchased the “Blur and Illuminate” for a healthy glow. There is also a “Blur and Smooth” and “Blur and Redness control” which I think would be great, especially if you get too much sun and your face looks kind of lobster-ish 😉

High End

1- Aveda Tidepool Eye Definer
Pops of colour are huge for the hotter months. Aveda’s Spring/summer 2015 are definitely evidence of that! The easiest way to achieve thhis look is with a little blue eyeliner, either on the top or lower lash line!

2- Mac Gingerly Blush
This is an easy way to add a little summer colour to your face . I have been obsessed with this blush since I was given it. It’s somewhat of a shear peachy or “ginger” colour. I find it is neutral enough to go with any makeup look ( especially that pop of blue eye liner I just mentioned 😉 )

3- Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
If you have read any of my previous blogs, you’d know I love my foundation from this brand! So naturally I went out and purchased the powder as well! It’s soft and matte finish will be perfect for when the temperatures start to rise and the makeup starts to melt!

4- The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter
This is not just a summer essential, but a LIFE ESSENTIAL! Beautiful highlighter, but be warned, this stuff is highly pigmented. A little goes a long way! ET will be able to spot your glowing cheekbones from space!! Ps..this doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow! You’re welcome!!!!!

5- Aveda’s Dragon Fruit Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Dragon Fruit
Second product from the Spring/summer 2015 Rare Bloom Collection. Beautiful pink liner that I use all over as more of a lipstick.

Bonus Favourite!
Last week I took a very exciting course in scalp massage! Our instructor, Andrea Olivera was amazing! Along with using Aveda products, we got to use some of her very own product line! Me, being a product junkie had to purchase one of her botanical perfumes! “Magdalina” is my new favourite scent. I am obsesseddddddd with it and seriously need to slow down on spraying it before I run out too fast!

Anyway,

Hope you enjoyed this little post. It feels good to write again (more then a month off is too long)

Take Care!

-Nicole xo 😉

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MOTD/FOTD

 

Here is a pretty boring entry on today’s Makeup of the day.(Just In case anyone is wondering what I wear on a regular, everyday basis, this is pretty well it! (Plus or minus a few other things) The majority of the products are drugstore and the odd high end product.

I had a pretty easy going Sunday today…spent some time in Target(SHOCKER!!!) then watched some hockey games(Go Tradesmen!)  and went out to dinner at my parents for our usual Sunday get together. Roast Beef(Yuck!) and Blueberry Crumble(Yum!!)

Outfit– As casual as it gets for me. Black Puma Tights, Under Armour Tee, Lulu Lemon Hoodie(embarrassingly enough, the only hoodie I own) and white H&M sneakers…Also threw in a lulu headband because I was feeling extra fancy and my hair was feeling extra gross and today was not a good “hair wash” sort of day, but seriously, when is it ever!

Anywho, Lets jump in to the makeup details.

SKIN

1)  Primed with Loreal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur (Oil-Free Version) I hated primers till I tried this one out!

2) Concealed my bags and circles with Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in the Shade Neutralizer (Holy Grail!!)

3) Covered with Stila Stay all Day HD Beauty Balm. Talked about this product in my Summer Faves and Raves.

4) Camouflaged my one teeny tiny breakout( Yey for good skin lately!) with The Balm’s Time Bomb concealer in light/medium…I have had this stuff for forever….I literally use the tiniest bit and it covers fairly well.

5)Set my whole faces with Rimmel’s Stay Matte pressed powder in 003 Natural!

6) Bronzed all over with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.

7) For Blush I mixed a combo of Makeup Geeks new blush in Honey Moon (LOVE!) and Aveda’s limited edition face accent in Hibiscus!

8) Cheek Highlight and inner tear duct was compliments of Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle (cult classic!)

EYES

1) Prepped with NYX jumbo pencil in Milk. Not a necessary step, but I feel when I wear light or no eye shadow, it covers the redness and veins on my eyelids.

2) The One and only shadow used was “Strange” from my Naked 3 palette

3) Lined Just my outer lids in a black pencil by Essence. Super affordable and one of the few pencils that doesn’t smear all over my lids.

4) Of course, curled my lashes with my handy dandy lash curler…which is ancient and I have no idea where it came from.

5) Three-ish coats of Hypnose Star Mascara in Black (also another summer fave! 🙂 )

6) Brows were brought to you today by “Brow Bar to Go” by Whitening Lightning.

LIPS

1)  Rimmel East End Snob Lip Liner…somewhat of a nude-pink shade.

2) Last but not least, I applied Mac’s Cream Cup Lipstick 🙂

 

THE END

and for those who managed to not nod off while reading this, Thanks!

I sometimes find myself lacking inspiration for posts lately. I WANT to write on a more regular basis, and have a list of topics to talk about, but I’m not sure if they would bore readers half to death. So what I am trying to say is, I am more then open to suggestions! Let a girl know, folks!!!!

 

-Nicole xo 🙂

 

Summer Fave, Raves and Flops

 

Sadly, summer is quickly coming to an end. All the munchkins will be back to school next week , the majority of the wedding parties are over and although the weather here is supposed to be nice for the next little while, I’m kind of looking forward to Fall. (don’t hate!!!)…. I’m mainly excited for the fall makeup and clothing trends to start!!:)

Over the past few months I have accumulated a few new products that I either fell madly in love with ( and hope you will too) orrrrrr I found products that I simply wanted to throw in the garbage.

Faves and Raves

Makeup:

Occ Lip Tars– Amazing pigmentation and staying power. These little babies are great! They come in all sorts of fun colors and different finishes. I bought “Hoochie” in the regular size then bought a mini set of 3 in “Pris” “Trollop” and then a primer (which I can’t seem to locate at the moment 😦 . The mini lip brush they come with  and tube applicator make this product easy to mix with each other to make new colors. I plan on getting more on my next Sephora visit. I believe they run around $20?? and will probably last forever because you only need the tiniest amount for full coverage. http://www.sephora.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics

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Color Your Smile Lip Gloss from Whitening Lightning in Nude and the Brow Bar to Go in Dark Brown– I’ve seen these used by many Youtubers in the past and when Stephen said I could use his CC to buy whatever I wanted online for my birthday (poor judgement call bf lol) , First I said I wanted a puppy!!!! and after slight whining, I later settled on the next best thing, MAKEUP! (Duh!!!) . The lip gloss is decent. Just your regular ol nude gloss. The packaging has a little light built into the cap which is useful and a tiny mirror on the side. The Brow Bar is definitely worth the hype. It comes with two shades of dark brown, a brow wax and a little brush. Lately I have been reaching for this more then any other brow product I own. Its just so easy and foolproof to use and the color suits me perfectly!  Here is this the link to the site if you are interested http://www.gerardcosmetics.com/

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Makeup Geek Shadows and Z-pallete– another part of my birthday makeup haul. I received 5 shadows. Cupcake, Crème Brulee, Shimma Shimma, Peach Smoothie and Cinderella. Not only are the names super cute, the colors are very pretty. The color payoff is pretty good and like that they already have magnets to stick in the z-pallete. I will definitely be buying more of these to fill up the pallete, which I might add is a great idea to buy if you travel a lot. These pallets come in all different colors, prints and sizes. I ordered the medium hot pink one. They also send a bunch a magnets if you are depotting your own products to put in it. You just pick which shadows or blushes or powders you want and pop them in and go. This way you don’t have to drag 50 different things around if you are going anywhere. http://www.makeupgeek.com/store/   ZPallettes Link

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Younique 3D fiber Mascara– I wrote a review on this a little while back. If I could be in love with a product, this would be it. https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/younique-3d-mascara-worth-the-hype/

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Maybelline The Nudes– I searched high and low for this little sucker. For a while, it was sold out or not even put on the shelves yet. I even embarrassingly called a few drugstores and department stores. I finally got my hands on it at Wal-Mart, did a little dance and then proceeded to the check out like a normal human being. This a really great palette for anyone that just wants an everyday look or even a smokey neutral look. Plus, It was only 12 dollars!!! So very affordable, especially if you don’t want to fork out the cash for one of the Urban Decay naked palettes (which I own and love, but one can never have too many neutral colored shadows!!!)  

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Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara– I Was always too cheap to buy anything Lancôme till sweet little Lucy (hey girl! 😉 ) gave me the heads up about a sale going on at Shoppers. So naturally, I stopped what I was doing and went and bought two!! They were only $15 each when one is regularly $30 plus I think? I use this everyday and this is what I layer under my Younique Mascara as a base….the two combined= lash heaven!!!!

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Essence Beach Cruiser Waterproof Liquid Liner in Keep Calm and Go to the Beach (Turquoise) and Sun, Fun and Copper (Coppery Gold) – I think these were like $2 or something ridiculously cheap at Shoppers. They were a last minute find at the checkout. I don’t know about how “waterproof” these actually are, but the colors are very pretty and surprisingly pigmented.

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Stila Stay all Day 10 in 1 HD beauty Balm– Another Shopper’s sale find! I managed to get this for half off ($15). I either use this alone during the day or under another foundation at night. It does have a different consistency and smell, but I do love the way it looks on the skin and it doesn’t make me break out, so that is always a positive!!!

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L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation in Creamy Natural– Again, another Youtube suggestion. Very light coverage, leaves your skin a bit “glowy” and “dewy”… very affordable and can be found at any Wal-Mart, Shoppers, Target, etc.

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Sephora Bronzed and Blushing Palette– This comes with a pink and coral blush and one bronzer. I have been using this basically every day and still haven’t put a dent in it! Not overly thrilled with the bronzer part of this, but the colors of the blush are very nice and very summery!  http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=SEPHORA%20COLLECTION%20Bronzed%20And%20Blushing%20Face%20Palette%20P385618&skuId=1573492&country_switch=ca&productId=P385618&_requestid=98121

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Aveda Fire Maple Lip Liner-  This baby is fresh out of the new Fall and Winter 2014 Aveda Collection. Beautiful Red! (my fave color to wear!) I wear it either alone or underneath Relentlessly Red by Mac. At the moment…this is lost somewhere in one of my million purses 😦 (hopefully)

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Hair and Body:

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control-  I have had this used in my hair numerous times at work when I have had my hair done and have no idea why I haven’t bought it till now. My hair has always been tangley. I mean Super tangley!! I didn`t think it could get worse…till I started gradually lightening it. Think of what your hair is like when you come in from a wind and rain storm and then throw in some back combing gone wrong and you have what my hair is like on a daily basis. You can not move my hair without it jumbling together. Especially if it is wet. I like to think I have a pretty tough scalp, because when myself or someone brushes it, it is usually a workout!! Anyway, that all being said, this spray is great! It makes brushing my hair much easier and my hair just a bit softer. It also helps protect against any thermal or UV damage!  

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Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Wash- This stuff smells amazing. I just stumbled upon this at Winners one day and said “What the heck! I need a new body wash“ The scent is aromatic tea tree, green tea, jasmine and frankincense. I`m not sure where I would be able to find this again when I run out, so if anyone knows where to buy this or other products from the Nip + Fab line, let a girl know! 🙂

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FLOPS!  😦 😦

I don`t have many flops for this summer, but the ones I do have, I really don`t like.

Marc Anthony 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo- the smell for this is okay, but my hair felt worse and dirtier after I applied this. It felt wet. I love my dry shampoos because I frankly dread “Hair wash day“ so this product was very disappointing. I think I will just stick to my Batiste Dry Shampoo and call it a day.

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Maybelline Master Kajal Crème Kohl Liner- wasn`t overly impressed with this at all. I bought the black shade. Didn`t like the pigmentation or the consistency. Maybe it`s just me, but I can`t see myself ever using this.

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Makeup Geek Loose Pigments in New Years Eve and Sweet Dreams- I`m on the fence with these two. I so desperately want to like them because everyone else does…. But I just don`t!! I find loose pigments messy and harder to apply then pressed pigments. The colors really don`t look like the swatches I looked up before I ordered them. Kind of the glad it wasn`t my money that bought them 😦 …Who knows, Maybe I`ll order other colors in the future and like them more…

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And there you have it….a very long list of products I’ve either loved or hated over this past summer. Hope this helps if anyone was on the fence about buying any of these things or were just simply interested in looking for new stuff to add to your collection like me 😉

-Nicole xo 🙂

 

 

 

 

June’s Faves, Raves and Flops..A collective haul

I purchased quite a few new goodies this June…and the month still isn’t over yet, so there may or may not be more to come!! 😉

Faves and Raves

Hair Products:

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Bumble and Bumble Surf spray- I previously mentioned this product before. Perfect for those days you don’t want to fuss with your hair too much(which is every day with me!) Just spray into damp hair and it gives you light beachy waves…or spray into to dry hair to mess it up a little. I have bought other types of products like this before claiming to do the same things and they never lived up to their expectations, but this one definitely did! I also don’t like a ton of product in my hair, this stuff was light and It didn’t feel like it was weighing my hair down.

Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer- Working for a salon that carries strictly Aveda products has many advantages! We get to work with great products daily and having a staff discount is dangerous!! My bathroom could be its own mini Aveda shop! Now this product you may have seen being advertised in Magazines or in Television commercials. The Invati System was developed to help with thinning hair, which I’ve recently had some issues with. (Bad hair habits, too tight ponytails and stress man!! Its a killer!!!) So I decided to purchase the Scalp Revitalizer.  Its supposed to reduce your hair loss by 33% (when used with the shampoo and conditioner) but I thought hey, I’ll try this first and you know what? I really think its helping. My hair loss isn’t getting any worse *knock on wood* and my bathroom isn’t covered with hair all over the place!(plus, I don’t have to get the poor bf to clean out the bathtub drain as much, you’re welcome Steve)

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark or dark brown hair- I’ve bought every Batiste dry shampoo out there and this is by far my fave! It doesn’t leave that white residue as much because the shampoo is brown!!! Love it for my lazy hair days( 5/7 days of the week) and it also gives my hair some great volume!

Caboki- Like I said, I’ve been having some issues with my hair lately and saw this advertised on YouTube in one of those commercials I usually would have waited the 15secs to hit skip on! I didn’t this time and was sold on the product! I received this bottle as a free sample if I signed up and its basically the same as a full size, so it will last forever! What caboki is, is a fibrous product you can get in any hair color to match your own.  It attaches to surrounding hairs and helps hide any signs of hair loss. Now what I have going on, on my head is not NEAR what the models in the videos have going on, its pretty cool to see the transformation. Where my hair is so dark and my scalp is so light, it makes a major difference! I will be using this till my scalp gets its shit together and stops acting like a 40 year old man.

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Cricket Company’s Detangling Brush- I love this. Didn’t believe anything would possibly brush through my mop so easily. But I was dead wrong! It worked on dry tangles and also my dreadful wet hair way better then any wide tooth comb. I didn’t feel like I was slowly breaking off all my hair. If you or your children struggle with unruly hair, Id highly suggest this!

Body Products

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Fruits and Passions Travel Size Eau De Toilettes In Blue and White Tea- I’ve been buying all kinds of mini perfumes lately because I get so sick of scents, that I never go through the full size bottles (minus Dolce and Gabanna’s Light Blue, that stuff is my Holy Grail perfume only used for special occasions ❤ ) These sizes are perfect to just throw in a purse and go. I used to work for Fruits and Passions when I lived in Calgary and was so sad to move back to a town where they don’t have a store…but I was pleasantly surprised when I found a limited selection of their things in Lawtons. 🙂 🙂 Both of these perfumes are very light in smell and nice summer scents! Go Get some!!!!

Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs- this stuff is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I hate my legs and this stuff makes wearing a shorter dress more “bareable” ha!… get it?! Anyway…I just picked this up at shoppers when it was on for like half price and I love it!! I know I have seen the spray version before and people seem to like that, but I like this lotion. My legs seriously looked like I had Nylons on! I think it comes in a few different colors and Medium was definitely the best to make my legs look a little more tanned and even! No veins or scars!!! yey! Also, it doesn’t transfer on to your clothing which is huge and it just washes off with soap and water, but you have to sort of scrub at it!  I didn’t try this anywhere other then my legs but Im sure you could use it all over your body if you needed to hide any imperfections!

Makeup Products

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Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black…..New Fave! love this stuff! love the brush! everything!….except the fact that I may or may not be allergic to it since I woke up the past week every morning with itchy eyes…but whatever, Beauty is pain right?! I like this stuff and bought a few just in case they ever discontinue it!

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Elf cosmetics Brow Set, Blush and Bronzer and High Definition Undereye setting powder…All Inexpensive and found at Target…pretty sure I let out a little squeal when I saw the display, also pretty sure the security guard was watching me like a hawk because I think I was drooling in the makeup section that day. I AM NOT A THEIF!!! I just like wandering around makeup isles for long periods of time! Sorry!!….not SORRY!!!!…. It was either that or he thought I was pretty…I’ll go with the latter reason 😉

Ps I think the Bronzer and blush duo is a dupe for some Nars Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer!!!!

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Nyx Retractable Lip pencil in Nude Pink- decent quality…nice color for every day wear and inexpensive.. so there for, I like it!

Essence Eye Liner in Dark brown…it was 2 bucks and an after thought at the cash register at Shoppers…Glad I grabbed it though. Super soft and dark brown is a great alternative to black liner in the day time!

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Benefit Fake up Concealer- although I haven’t had this long.. I think I am going to like it. I bought it in the color Light. Its super smooth and doesn’t settle in my tiny fine lines under my eyes. Anything will help with my bad circles lately! It’s easier to buy makeup then to try to get some decent sleep these days!

Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powders…2 for $10 at Walmart Ladies!! I bought these in the colors Natural and Buff Beige. I’ve heard quite good things about these and They seem to be pretty good for drugstore powders!  I bought these to set the Benefit Concealer. Hopefully they work out.

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Milani Brow and Eye Highlighters- Ps Wal-Mart now carries Milani products as well! YeY!! This works great under the brow bone, in the inside corners of the eye and also on the water line to brighten! One side is matte and the other is shimmer. I believe I bought this In the color 01.

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Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish eye shadow- I’m on the fence with this one. Can’t quite decide if its a Fave or Flop. I bought this with expectation of a getting a great sparkly shadow. I’m not sure if I’m not using it properly of what. It looks beautiful in the container but not as pigmented as I thought. Also, the eye primer that came in the package, had little to nothing left in it 😦

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Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Grapefruit- this wasn’t too bad. I kind of hate the smell though, but the color is a nice light pink and a pretty shade for summer, so that’s something?

 

Flops

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Loreal Collection Privee Lipsticks….These were on sale for half off and I should of known why there were so many left. They look really pretty in their packaging, but I hate how they feel on my lips. The Color payoff isn’t great either. Save your money.

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Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer- I know a lot of people rave over this stuff, but It just isn’t for me. Maybe its the color I bought or something I don’t know. I just don’t find it does what I want it to which is hide under eye circles and high light my face a bit.

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Color Revolution Mineral Foundation and Blush- I bought this on a whim at Lawtons . It was new and looked interesting and I do like mineral makeup, so I thought “hey, what the heck?! Ill try it” The blush was way to sparkly for my liking. It was also Kind of disappointing when I paid $20 for a drugstore foundation that I didn’t love.

Hope You enjoyed this little read and encourages you to go out and try some new products!

-Nicole xo 🙂