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Posted on December 2, 2017

Christmas Gifts For Beauty Buffs | Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty Skincare Makeup Holiday 2017 Gift Sets

It’s December!! And that means we are so much closer to Christmas!

Have you started on your Christmas shopping for gifts and stocking stuffers?

I am obsessed with Juice Beauty skincare and makeup holiday gift sets – I knew I had to try them as soon as they came out! They are the perfect gift for any beauty addicts, like myself.

And you know I’m a huge supporter of safer beauty and to top it all off Juice Beauty skincare and makeup products are formulated without: parabens, petroleum, silicones, talc, carbon black, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, and many more harmful ingredients.

You can check out the full list of harmful ingredients they do not use in their products here.

Now you know their skincare and makeup are made of the best, healthiest ingredients possible, but let’s get to the good part… how did products perform? Well, let me tell you!

Best of PHYTO-PIGMENTS™ | This gorgeous makeup set includes their ultra-natural mascara, cream blush (Flush), illuminating primer, sculpting foundation brush, and a cute canvas makeup bag. I am head over heels for the primer! It is the perfect first step to creating a flawless complexion with your makeup – it’s lightweight and anti-oxidant rich.

Best of STEM CELLULAR™ | Is it just me, or does winter beat the hydration out of your skin too? This skincare set is perfect for anyone wanting a boost of Vitamin C and luminosity in their complexion. This set is one of my top items on my Christmas wishlist! The set includes the cleansing oil, anti-wrinkle eye treatment, and anti-wrinkle moisturizer. I love using the cleansing oil on a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup, it’s super gentle (eye skin is so delicate) but effective in removing the day’s makeup.

Liquid Lip Trio | These 3 liquid lips are stunning, though I can say the “Blythe” has been in my purse consistently this week so it’s a teeny tiny bit more of a favourite… but I stand confident in saying they are all brilliant! No stickiness, no tackiness, no dryness. They have a serious punch of festive colour and long lasting hydration.

And do not forget to order early in December so that your packages arrive on time, I believe the cut off date for your packages arriving on time with regular Canada post is December 9th!

Do you have any beauty buffs on your Christmas list?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 16, 2017

Makeup Hygiene | How To Clean & Repair Your Eyeshadow

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Keeping your eyeshadow palettes clean and hygienic is easy when you start with good makeup hygiene routine.

How many months have you gone without cleaning brushes or palettes? Cross contamination is a real thing and nothing is less cute than an eye infection.

Here are a few things to keep your palette and makeup brushes clean:

  1. Clean Your Brushes After Every Use – Use or create a daily brush cleanser that you spray on your brushes after you use them. And then once a week deep clean them – you can use shampoo, your facemask, special makeup brush cleanser, anything! There are no excuses!
  2. Disinfect Your Eyeshadows – Take a tissue or toilet paper and skim the top layer of each colour, and spray with rubbing alcohol. It will not harm your shadows!
  3. Repair Your Eyeshadow With Rubbing Alcohol – I’m sure I am not the only one who has dropped their palette and some of the shadows were all smashed to pieces! Assemble the eyeshadow back into its place, the best you can, spray them with rubbing alcohol then let them dry. It’s an easy, cheap way to save them!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on November 8, 2017

Elate Cosmetics | Toxin Free, Canadian Made Makeup

Raise your hand if you're a makeup junkie?

Even though I like to stick to more natural colours I love playing with makeup. Recently I discovered Elate Cosmetics, they carry cosmetic products with healthy ingredients which is something I am always on board with! They are also cruelty free, toxin free, vegan, gluten free, and made in Canada.

Let's take a look at what products made this makeup look:

Full Tint Foundation (Ecru) | If you are looking for a full coverage foundation, I highly recommend this one! It's light and flexible, while the coverage is prime for those looking for a medium to full coverage look. Plus it has zinc oxide in it to protect you from the sun! Win-win-win!

Brow Balm (Smoke) | This natural pomade will tame your brows! It's a bit waxy but I like how it held my brows in place and the colour made my brows look full. I found it created a more natural brow look that a dramatic look.

Bamboo Palette with Custom Eye Shadow Selection | The options are endless when you create your own selection of eyeshadows or blushes in the bamboo palette. I chose Aerial, Union, Quintessense, Rise, and Oracle. I applied Aerial as a base to make the other colours pop. Then I applied Quintessence all over my lid, followed by swiping Oracle in my crease and blending, applying Rise at the edge of my crease and blending, and finishing the look by applying Union as a highlighter on my brow bone and inside of my eye.

Liquid Eyeline (Origin) | I'm not going to lie, I'm not an eye pencil kind of girl . I need liquid liner! And I love this one so much I may need to get their gold liquid liner... because you can never have enough gold makeup!

Essential Mascara | I always have prefered waterproof mascara, and this is one of the best water and sweat resistent mascaras (because waterproof mascaras contain harmful chemicals to make them have the waterproof trait)! It lenghens and plumps your lashes.

Creme Lipstick (Muse) | I love the finish and feel of the Creme Lipstick, you can definitely feel the shea and mango butter hydrating your lips. The coppery look of Muse is perfect for Fall/Winter!

Do you like to discover and integrate new makeup products into your daily routine?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger
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Posted on November 6, 2017

Appreciation Presents | For The Ladies In Your Life Who Need A Pick Me Up Gift

Whether you’re a University student working your butt off to get through midterms and prepare for finals in the next month, or you’re a teacher scrambling through your cirriculm and getting ready for the Christmas concert and student report cards… you know you need an appreciation present – a pick-me-up!

I know you know someone like this in your life! Heck, anyone who has been through a stressful time knows the joy of receiving a thoughtful gift who has noticed your hardwork.

I love this little package of kindness:

clutch: Chapters (or this phone charging purse) | coffee mug: Chapters (this one is cute too!) | mask: Beautycounter | lip gloss: Beautycounter | pen: Indigo

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 26, 2017

Simple Halloween Mouse Hair & Makeup | Paraben Free Beauty

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I’m one of those people who can barely keep up with the holidays, so it’s no surprise that I’m all about simplicity on Halloween costumes. 

If I can narrow it down to makeup and hair and throwing a leather jacket one, I’m all over it!

For this little mouse get up I did a darker eye makeup look, drew on a nose and whiskers with my eye shadow palette. Then created a dual colour lip with a red on top and a pink on the bottom.

Bada-bing-bada-boom! Makeup is done.

For the “space buns” look to make the mouse ears, I applied dry shampoo to my hair and then parted my hair down the middle.

I want my hair to stay in place and not need fussing over, so I applied mousse to each side and twisted my hair into two buns on top of my head. If you want extra hold, apply mousse directly to each bun once they are where you want them to stay.

That’s it, it’s so simple even I could do it!

What are you going to dress up for Halloween as?

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

Posted on October 19, 2017

5 Steps To The Perfect Top Knot

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Top knots are my thing! It’s my version of “mom hair”.

Some days my hair is so matted from wearing the same top knot for 3 days in a row, I vow never to wear a bun after combing the knots out. But I still go on my bun binges so I don’t really mind.

The secret to a good top knot is using 3-4 elastics. I have heavy, course, thick hair so without the multiple elastics my buns fall out-of-place.

Here are 5 steps to the perfect top knot:

  1. Pull your hair up into a high ponytail.
  2. Divide your ponytail into 2 sections.
  3. Tie a knot with the two sections of hair.
  4. Tuck both loose ends of the knot under your bun, secure with 2 (or more) elastics.
  5. Spritz your bun with the Volumizing Mist for extra hold and lift.

If I want my bun to be extra secured I use bobby pins, and if you have heavy or thick hair I highly recommended this curly bobby pin.

I just discovered these amazing elastics that claim to eliminate the need for bobby pins, so I’ll keep you up to date when they arrive and if they do what they say!

Edmonton Alberta Blogger

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