I've been seeing these oval brushes everywhere on social media for the past 2-3 years and I was so adamant on trying them until they were gifted to me by a good friend of mine! And let me tell you... I am so happy to tell you all that THE HYPE IS REAL!
These brushes are extremely dense and soft making the application of your foundation quite flawless! You do have blend your foundation in really well or it could leave minor streaks. I did find it didn't work well with my Loreal Pro Matte Foundation because I find that this specific foundation dries quickly more than others. However having said that, it worked extremely well with my Loreal Pro Glow, leaving a flawless finish! This particular set came with 10 different brushes that can be used to blend your shadows, cream contours or foundation. You can find these sets on Amazon and Ebay for $12-$300 depending on the brand and how many brushes it came with. This particular set of 10 came from Amazon and was roughly $15 CAD according to my friend who gifted it to me and it is AMAZING. You'd think this set would have at least cost $150 from it's amazing quality. I found al ink on the MAC website (http://www.maccosmetics.ca/product/13805/28045/products/brushes-tools/brushes/face-brushes/oval-6-brush ) where they sold ONE of their blending oval brushes for a whopping $51 CAD. That is ridiculous! You can get this amazing set of 10 for that price, 3 sets never mind! This brush set from Amazon is an amazing DUPE girls, get on it!
This brush (photo above) is the second largest brush in the set, and I typically use it for my Loreal Pro Glow foundation, It gets in the crevices nicely, and I was extremely surprised that I didn't need my beauty blender to touch it up!
These 2 small brushes are thin, dense and have a nice edge that make it perfect for contouring on your nose !! Then blend harsh edges with this brush.....(below)
It's literally the perfect size for blending on the nose, or streaking your face with a darker shade of cream for contouring. The sky is the limit ladies...the limit!
I hope you all enjoyed this edition of "IS IT WORTH THE HYPE" , if there is something you'd like for me to review, please comment below! I'm always open to suggestions! I would love to hear if you tried these brushes and if you're in to them or not, don't hesitate to drop me a comment! Thanks for reading! Until nextime ....
My friend Kristal Winter launched her own botanical based skincare and makeup line here in Winnipeg, Manitoba a few years ago, and she was kind enough to give me a few samples of her products! Her products are currently not available in stores just yet but if you wanted to drop her an email, she can get some products sent out to you! She sometimes does pop up shops in local Winnipeg stores to advertise and market her products, and I absolutely love the fact that all her products are made here in Canada :)
I was forutnate to have a Hawaii layover last week which allowed me to test out the products to see how they worked on my skin in the hot weather as well as the cold ( WINTERPEG, Manitoba). Here's a little history on the type of skin I have: I have combination skin which is usually normal to oily skin, but definitely on the dryer side in the winter. I often get these stubborn dry patches on my skin causing minor flaking which gives me not option but to apply a whack load of moisturizer on.
Okay ! So I was given 5 skin care products to try out, I'll review each product in the above photo from top to bottom.
WASH (Chamomile Facial Wash) - I found the texture of this face wash creamy, and when washing it off, it left my face feeling soft, as if serum was left on my skin after washing. The scent was pleasant, it had a light scent that wasn't overwhelming. I'm actually not used to cleansers that don't make my skin feel like every ounce of makeup has been removed as in a squeaky clean feel, but I was pleased to say that this face wash removed all my left over makeup that my moist makeup remover facial cloth didn't remove which I tested with the toner.
PROTECT (Jojoba Day Moisturizer) - I used this moisturizer in the heat and in the cold. It's a nice light moisturizer, not quite heavy like a cream moisturizer would be. For my skin it worked best in warmer weather (e.g., spring and summer) than colder winter weather. I tend to have really dry skin in the the winter months so I definitely need a heavier cream moisturizer that'll seep into my skin. It had a nice smell that again wasn't overpowering which is something I look for in skincare products.
EXFOLIATE (Mint Exfoliating Facial Polish) - This product was definitely my favourite! It had tiny exfoliating beads that gently exfoliated all the crummy little dry skin cells off my face! I especially loved how tiny the beads were and gently it was on my skin. The smell? Amazing. It was a refreshing minty smell that left my face feeing soft, smooth and ready for the serum!
FIRM (Face & Eye Serum) - First of all I loved how she marketed this product as a face AND eye serum all in one. Less bottles means less hassle for me! I lathered this product al lover my face after I toned it of course, and it dried up nice and quick for my my next application - the moisturizer. This specific product didn't really have any scent to it at all, which is nice when you're piling up your skin with countless scented products from cleansers to toners etc.
TONE (Botanical Firming Toner) - I'm so bad with using toners, I tend to get lazy with this step but it's so necessary to use when you wear foundation! I applied a small amount of this toner on a cotton ball and it wasn't drying to my face at all ! No harsh smell, and no drying alcohol feel. My favourite part about using any toner is flipping the nasty cotton pad to see how dirty my skin was and to see the left over makeup that was left by my cleanser. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not have any dirt not that cotton pad! Honestly, that rarely happens ! I couldn't even believe it that I had to take my Lancome toner o see if what I was seeing was right. I swabbed my face with my current toner and I couldn't believe my eyes...no dirt on the cotton pad. This clearly meant that the UNYQUE cleanser did it's job and removed every ounce of makeup off my skin. Bravo Kristal...Bravo!! :)
I hope you enjoyed this review on UNYQUE Beauty products, if you have any questions about her botanical skin care line, please feel free to send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: unyque_beauty !
We all have those days when we look in the mirror and think to ourselves... "DAMN...YOLO on FOOD this week was a baaaaad idea". You over ate, and now you feel like it's showing. Well have no fear, I am here to share with you some of my favourite body slimming tricks to get you through those rough days!
TIP #1 : Wear darker clothes. Duh! The darker the material, the more slimming the effect it is. However having said that, your whole outfit does not need to be black. Wear the darker clothing item on the part of your body you're most conscious about (eg. Arms? Opt for a darker quarter sleeved top paired with your favourite jeans. Legs? Opt of a darker pant paired with a nice gem colored blouse).
TIP #2: Wrap dresses and tops are your best friend. If you don't know what a wrap shirt is, just picture a robe cut in half with a tie on the waist. The wrap shirts give the illusion of a slimmer stomach allowing the focus to be on how small the waist is. Try looking for a top with a plunging neckline, it'll also steer away looks on the stomach and more on the slim neckline.
TIP #3: Seamless body shapers like the brand SPANX can be a girl's best friend. Just embrace the body shapers, they are heaven sent pieces for us clothing conscious ladies! There are amazing body shapers available at almost all department stores from full body suits or a simply body shaping tank top. These shapers help the body look slim, smooth and stay put !
TIP #4: We all have our favourite pair of jeans, and although the skinny jeans are trending, they are not always the most slimming. In my opinion, I believe that there is nothing more un flattering than that pesky muffin top. Try to opt for a straight leg jean that tapers in the end ( a little less than a true boot cut) . This will look more flattering on the body, and again always opt for a darker wash denim. Try not to wear boots like UGGS that often cut the leg, opt for a boot that you can either tuck under your denim or a cute ankle boot that gives the illusion of long legs!
TIP #5: Find the right jacket to wear over jeans. I have a black vintage ESCADA blazer that hits just below my waist and I think it is at the perfect length for my body shape which I believe is more curvy. Narrow lapels of a blazer counteract those excess curves that we don't want shown. Don't close the jacket, keep it open and show off the gorgeous blouse or tee that you're sporting underneath it. I love wearing this blazer with a white V-neck loose boyfriend tee and a shorter necklace to finish off the look. The shorter necklace will bring more attention to my face and not on anything else I don't want people looking at. Lol.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found my tips useful! If you have some tips of your own, I'd love to hear them! And remember, you are beautiful regardless of all the tips above.
Just a little history for those who don't know who Karl Lagerfeld is......
He is the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own fashion label, Karl Lagerfeld. I was so excited to find his fashions available for purchase here in Canada at The Bay! He has clothes as well as accessories such as purses and wallets from his line that are available at The Bay. I was fortunate enough to receive a KL tee for Christmas from my sis!
Ok now back to how I received this gorgeous blazer for FREE!
Back when I co-owned Paperdoll Clothing (2011-2016) with my good friend Marlette, we decided to have a section in our boutique for vintage luxury brands such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, YSL, St John ...and the list went on. We had women from all walks of life ask us to have their luxury goods sold at our boutique . I purchased numerous vintage luxe items from one particular woman who consigned clothing pieces to us that she pretty much gave this jacket to me for free along with the other items I purchased! I can't particularly say how much I paid for this item because she gave it to me at a discounted rate..but all I can say is that she might as well have given it to me for free. How could I say no? This stunning multi coloured Karl Lagerfeld wool blazer has minimal lining and a more casual tailored look. It is definitely suitable for warmer spring or fall days.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Now tell me, what is the best vintage find that you scored? Comment below!
I've had long hair for about 15 years now and I don't' think I plan on giving myself a brand new do for a while. I actually rocked the hair bob in most of my high school days if you can believe it! Like most girls, my hair is my security blanket. It's what I know which makes it easier for me to deal with. I've had the few odd haircuts when my hair reached a couple inches after my shoulder but that was definitely not something I wanted, a new hairdresser I tried took off more inches than I asked for.
Over the past 7 years I found myself colouring my hair from light brown, to medium , to reddish brown to black. I'm definitely loving the dark (almost black) hair color that I have right now. The tips of my hair are definitely the driest, which is usually the case of any girl who once bleached her hair blonde. But with a few simple tips that you can incorporate in your day to day routines, you'll be well on your way to long healthy hair. Here are some tips of mine that allow me to grow my hair long and almost 90% healthy (considering it was bleached a few years ago).
TIP #1: DO NOT wash your hair every day. ( I wash my hair every 2-3 days sometimes I try and push 4 days if I know I'm going to use a hair mask. It all depends on when I'm heading to work and the event I'm going on. I alway use dry shampoo in between washes when necessary. I also only y use dry shampoo once before I wash my hair, never on the 2nd and then the 3rd day - if you know what i mean)
TIP #2: TAKE MULTI VITAMINS or hair supplements if you don't already..... I'm currently taking prenatal vitamins which are jammed packed with all sorts of vitamins in one capsule (trying to be on top the of the game in case my husband and I get pregnant..hehe). Biotin promotes growth of existing hair which then allows the production keratin, which then helps increase your hair's elasticity. Niacin (Vitamin B3)promotes blood circulation to the scalp. ... Vitamin B12 helps promote the transportation of oxygen to the scalp and follicles.
TIP #3: USE A WIDE TOOTH COMB before combing your hair with a bush. It'll cause less damage, and will be wayyyy easier to untangle.
TIP #4: If you're trying to grow you hair, and would like it to grow at a faster rate.... use organic castor oil as well as cold pressed coconut oil to create a make on your hair. Use equal parts, leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes before washing. If you're finding it's too hard to wash out, use a clarifying shampoo to wash it out.
TIP #5: If you're a hair dryer freak like myself and using a dryer is a must...dry your hair until it's only half wet and air dry the rest, or vice versa. It'll cause less damage if you're using heat on your hair. Try using the cool setting most of the time when you dry your hair. Using a blow dryer can be quite damaging to your hair when not properly used. I try to air dry my hair on days I'm staying in.
TIP #6: If you're really committed to growing you hair, try to avoid using any harsh chemicals for styles like perms, crimping, chemically or mechanically straightening, curling, and bleaching or repeatedly coloring hair. These treatments definitely weaken hair strands and stress hair follicles, leading to increased hair breakage and even hair loss. It's hard ...I know...
TIP #7: A doctor told me once that hormones play a big deal with the growth of our hair, so a healthy diet is a must! Having a lot of amino acids and protein in your diet will definitely help.
TIP #8: Invest in good hair products (shampoo, oils, creams, etc) . That is all.
TIP #9 : Trim your hair every couple months... I'm not saying take an inch off every month, just get rid of those nasty frizzy, dead ends. I sometimes do mine myself now that my hair is so long (don't tell my hair stylist Sita that though..hehe sorry Sita if you're reading this!).
Tip #10: Being flight attendant, we have many hair limitations. The company I work for does not allow us to have our hair grazing our shoulders if it is let down which means I always have to have my hair up. Throughout the years, I've hand terrible headaches, because of how long my hair has been tied up for, the follicles are being stressed with the constant pulling from my hair tie. I found a few ways to style my hair so I can let my hair tie be a little loose, not causing that god awful headache I get.
PRODUCTS I CURRENTLY LURRRRVE :
Now that OUAI has launched and is available at Sephora... my life has become so much easier. I can see light at the end of the tunnel! The texturizing spray as Jen Atkin (C.E.O of OUAI) would describe it is if a dry shampoo and a hair spray had a baby. That is exactly what it is ! It gives amazing texture to the hair allowing to be moveable, and styled throughout the day! It also smells soo damn good. Like so good. As far as the finishing creme goes, you only need 2 pearl sized amounts for it to start working. It smoothes the frizz on your ends like no other. The wave spray is awesome for those days you want to rock the wavy beach hair looks. Spray on while hair is damp, and allow to air dry. What I love about this product is that it doesn't give you the crunchy, hair sprayed beach wave look. You hair looks bouncy and smooth and best of all...not frizzy. I'm still waiting to purchase the foam dry shampoo that OUAI came out with a month ago, I know it's going to surpass my expectations! Until then.....
I've been using the BATISTE XXL Volume dry shampoo for about 3 years now and I absolutely love it. You definitely have to be careful with this one in this one in the sense that it will leave a powder reside on your hair if it is not properly massaged into the hair. I found that spraying it on a teasing brush first, then teasing my hair with it gives way more volume as well as less white powder residue. If you haven't tried this product yet, try it! Then.... thank me later :)
I've been using this wide metal tooth comb for roughly 15 years now, and it must say that I can't live without it! I purchased it in the Philippines on my last trip there and one of my best friends was kind enough to bring 6 back of me in different sizes! I can't find these combs anywhere in North America, so if you do find it... share it with your girlfriends who have long hair, they'll love you forever! They detangle your hair like no ones business and best off it doesn't cause static. Has anyone else tried this comb? If so, how do you like it?
I'd love to hear some of your hair tricks and tips, please share ANY below! Thanks for reading :)