Best of 2015 – the Make-Up Edit

Best BB/CC Cream:

it cosmetics1

The CC+ Cream from It Cosmetics is my summer Holy Grail item since it contains SPF 50, doesn’t make my skin irritated or greasy, and it makes my skin feel like it can breathe (review). I plan on buying this again in the spring.

Best Foundation:

Nars 4

I’ve tried wearing liquid foundations over the years, and they’ve always made my skin feel like it is suffocating. The Sheer Glow Foundation from Nars is the first one that works for my sensitive skin that I’ve tried so far (review).

Best Concealer(s):

I have three that I use ALL THE TIME. And they are all from Nyx. The first one is for under-eye circles  – the Dark Circle Concealer (review), the second one is for general concealing and highlighting – the HD Concealer (review), and the third one is for any areas that need a little extra concealing power – Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer (review).

Best Lipstick:

I chose ColourPop Lippie Stix because 9 times out of 10, when I reach for a lipstick, it is one from ColourPop (reviews here and here).

Best Highlighter:

We have a tie for this one, the first being from ColourPop, and the second from Brazen Cosmetics (reviews here and here).

Best Blush:

Milani BB 1

Without a doubt, I will have to choose Milani’s Baked Blushes as the best (reviews here, here, and  here), I love them all equally!

Best Eyebrow Pencil:

My holy grail brow pencil is from Crispy Brows, with the runner up being from Anastasia Beverly Hills (reviews here and here).

Best Palette(s):

To be honest, I don’t own very many palettes. But my most used two are mini-palettes from Urban Decay, one of which I had won in a giveaway from Hello Kaily (reviews here and here).

Best Single Shadow(s):

This is a tough one since I have so many single shadows. But I will have to say that my favourite single shadows of this year would have to be Birthday Girl, Empire and Dare from ColourPop, followed by Stereo, also from ColourPop (reviews here and here). I chose these ones for their pigmentation and staying power.

Best Mascara:

Essence Get Big Lashes

I never actually did a review, but my go-to mascara is from Essence – the Get Big Lashes in the waterproof formulation. Most mascaras irritate my sensitive eyes, and because my eyes water easily (if I laugh, if it is windy out, or if my allergies are acting up), I need mascara that will stay put and not smudge. The price is ridiculously cheap too!

There you have it, my Best of 2015 for Make-Up.

Thanks for reading and have a Happy and Beautiful New Year! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: Please see individual reviews for disclosure of each product.

 

Best of 2015 – Skin, Body and Hair Edit

As 2015 draws to a close, I just wanted to thank you for following, reading, commenting and liking my posts. I started this blog in March and I did not think that I would have over 500 followers in less than a year. So thank you! ❤

Here’s my “Best of 2015 – Skin, Body and Hair” and links to the original reviews.

Best Cleanser: 

Tied for best cleanser, I have two, the first being the REN Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm (review) and more recently the Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil (review).

Best Serum:

Again we have a tie, both are from OZ Naturals, the Hyaluronic Serum and and Retinol Serum (reviews here and here).

Best Moisturizer:

PC Mask1

Technically this is a facial mask, but the Paula’s Choice  Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask works amazingly well as a super moisturizer for skin that is super dry in the winter (review here).

Best Mask:

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – I still use this at least once every two weeks (review)

Best Eye Make-Up Remover:

I’ve been using Grapeseed Oil to remove my waterproof mascara for years, and it is still my go-to because most eye make-up removers really irritate my sensitive skin and sensitive eyes (review). My runner up would have to be the Bioderma Sensibio (review), which is funny because I didn’t love it at first.

Best Body Moisturizer:

My holy grail is the Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter, but a close runner up would be the OZ Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter (reviews here and here).

Best Bath Treat:

Lush Rose Jam1

Of course this one would be from LUSH! So many to choose from, but my all time favourite would have to be the Rose Jam Bubbleroon *swoon* (review). My photo is of the older version, the new one looks a lot prettier.

 

Best Hair Care Items:

I didn’t review very many hair care items, but the Haus of Gloi Hair Oil is one product that I’ve been using for a few years, and I swear by it for taming my beastly hair, haha! (review). Second place goes to my favourite dry shampoo from Zabana Essentials. I still don’t love the packaging, but I love how fresh, clean and soft it makes my hair, and the lavender and mint scent is gorgeous (review).

There you have it, my Best of Skin, Body and Hair Care for 2015! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful 2016! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: See the original reviews for individual product disclosure statements.

 

Preview of Upcoming Posts

Hello my lovely friends!

I just wanted to pop in this morning to give you a little sneak peak of a few upcoming posts: on Wednesday I will be closing out the year with a Best of 2015 for Makeup and Skincare post.

And I will be starting 2016 with a number of new skincare reviews since I was sent a box filled with a generous number of products to try from Naruko Canada. I am currently in the process of testing everything out. In the box were a few different sheet masks, an essence / serum, a gel night cream, and another facial cream.

Naruko Canada

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

Merry 2015

Wishing you all a Merry 2015.

I hope that whatever you celebrate, that it is a good one! And if you don’t celebrate anything, I hope that you have an awesome day!

As promised, here’s a few photos of this year’s tree. It is 8 feet tall –  not as epically huge as the gargantuan tree from 2010.

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

I’ll be back to my regular posts after the holiday madness has ended.

Have a beautiful day! ❤

Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil

I’ve been using the Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil from Farmacy at night for two weeks now. This is the first product from Farmacy that I’ve tried. This is also the first cleansing oil that I’ve used.

The cleansing oil has a mildly herbal smell. Here’s the instructions for use taken from the website:

Use daily to remove makeup and surface impurities. Pour a small amount into palm and blend with a few drops of water. Mix until a silky milk forms. Massage onto skin with upward and outward motions. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

I have to comment on how gorgeous the packaging is, you slide the outer sleeve off to find an origami type box that opens up – just look at how beautiful it is!

Key ingredients:

Powered By EchinaceaGreenEnvy™. A unique patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. […] Cichoric Acid also normalizes the skin pigmentation process to promote a more evenly toned complexion.

 Safflower Oil, a natural solvent for oil-based makeup, helps remove makeup gently. […] Super moisturizing Sunflower Oil leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft with no greasy residue, while also aiding in the repair of the skin barrier function with essential fatty acids.
This is a beautiful cleansing oil, with a very mild herbal scent, and it really does remove  make-up, although I do go in after with some grapeseed oil to get any stubborn waterproof mascara bits off my lashes. My skin feels soft, smooth, and moisturized, but not at all greasy.
I think that this would be a good one for all skin types, but especially for sensitive skin like mine.
I’m planning on trying out a few more products from Farmacy in the new year once I’ve finished tested out the things I currently have in the review stash.
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Disclosure: I purchased this!

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Good morning / afternoon / evening! Happy Friday everyone!

Today I’m reviewing the Vitamin C Serum from OZ Naturals. I’m a part of their Amazon Reviewer Program, so I received this in exchange for an honest review.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum

I love skincare products, especially serums. But I can only try out one new product at a time due to have uber sensitive skin in case of reaction so I can pinpoint the cause of any reaction. I’ve been using this serum for about two weeks now and can definitely say that it works well for my skin.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Here’s what it says on the OZ Naturals website:

Experience The Anti-Aging Power Of Our Vitamin C Serum & Instantly Gain Brighter, More Radiant Skin Upon First Use.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum combines the highest quality Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to create a potent antioxidant that goes on smoothly and helps protect and brighten your skin throughout the day. This incredible formula provides that youthful glow you’ve been looking for.

Our Vitamin C Serum combines the highest quality Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to create this pure, transparent, non-GMO serum that goes on smooth and works deep down below the skin’s surface to aid your skin in naturally producing more collagen, something we lose as we get older. In addition, hydration is improved thereby plumping up skin cells to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

I love Vitamin C based products because they really work well for boosting skin radiance, and the addition of Hyaluronic Acid means that it helps add an extra level of hydration, which is perfect for the colder months.

OZ Naturals C 3

The serum is a fairly runny liquid, with no real scent (always a good thing for sensitive skinned types) that is quickly absorbed into the skin.

There are four key ingredients in this serum – Vitamin C (helps minimize scars, fine lines, and wrinkles), Hyaluronic Acid (ideal for hydrating and moisturizing the skin.[…]  When used in conjunction with Vitamin C, it helps assist in penetrating deeper into the skin’s layers.), Astaxanthin (“Super Vitamin E,” […] powerful anti-inflammatory properties) and Rose Hips (anti-aging, diminishing scars and pits, lightening hyper pigmentation, reducing stretch marks, and rehydrating dry skin). 

OZ Naturals C 4

Vitamin C is known to work well when used with Retinol-based products, once I knew that my skin could tolerate the Vitamin C Serum, I started using it combined with the OZ Naturals Retinol Serum as an added boost in my skincare routine.

Disclosure: I was given this product from OZ Naturals in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤

 

 

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I was using The Perfectionist Airbrush Sponge from Sephora, but when it came time to replace it, I decided to try out the Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques since the line is now FINALLY being carried at the Pharmacy Jean Coutu near my house. This sponge seems to be the one most recommended as a good dupe for the pricy Beauty Blender (which I have not tried as I don’t want to spend that much money on a disposable sponge).

Here’s what it says on the Real Techniques website:

This versatile beauty tool was designed with a revolutionary foam technology to evenly blend makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish. Use damp for a dewy glow or dry for a full coverage.

  • rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a dabbing motion.
  • precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections.
  • flat edge for contouring around the eyes and nose.
  • ideal for liquid foundation.

For best results, replace your makeup sponge every 1-3 months.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I love the shape of this sponge, especially for blending out concealer, especially under the eyes. It isn’t as soft and squishy as the one from Sephora, which makes it a lot easier to control application and blending.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

When I use my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (review here), I’ve been applying the foundation to my face with fingers and then I use the sponge to blend and smooth it out.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a “springier” foam than that of the one from Sephora which I found to be a little too soft and squishy. I’m very happy with this purchase.

Which sponge do you use? Or do you use brushes for your concealer and foundation?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this.